fastest car in Targa, but it’s reliable and, more importantly, tremendous fun to drive.
After a successful Targa Bambina, the next stage for Mark was to focus his attention on tidying up the Porsche’s exterior panels. The work included repairing over 14 years’ worth of racing-related scrapes, bruises, and repairs. The sunroof was removed and a new bonnet was fitted, along with Perspex rear and rear three-quarter windows.
Mark also wanted to freshen up the 911 with the addition of new livery, but without reverting to something like the more standard Martini or Gulf style — instead, he wanted something that emphasized the Porsche’s classic styling and also gave the car a New Zealand flavour. In the end, Mark drew inspiration from the blue Porsche 911 used by Denny ‘The Bear’ Hulme for his 1974 IROC entry.
Mark’s Porsche rolled out of the paint shop only days before our photo shoot, and we were extremely grateful for his efforts to have it ready in time to be included in this special Targa New Zealand edition.
With such a significant investment in the car, Mark has been asked if he intends moving into a more modern Porsche such as a GT3 — his answer is a quite definite no! He loves classic cars and the Targa classic field and the people who enter the category — and that’s because they all race and drive their great cars the way they were meant to be driven and get to do it with a bunch of good mates and other likeminded enthusiasts. We couldn’t agree more.