OC­TO­BER 2007 (IS­SUE 163)

911 Porsche World - - The Way We Were -

Mov­ing on a cou­ple of years, if we could have put a pic­ture of Wal­ter Röhrl on the front cover, then we surely would. Why? Well he proved to be a most gra­cious and en­ter­tain­ing in­ter­vie­wee, as we knew he would be. And why not? Well, un­for­tu­nately peo­ple on front cov­ers don’t sell car magazines. Wal­ter’s garage con­tents con­sisted of a 964 RS and 997 GT3 RS, the lat­ter in which he took us out or a spin and pulled some side­ways shapes for the cam­era. Leg­end!

In a what goes around comes around sort of way, we had a 928 Club Sport on the front cover, or a Club Sport replica at least. And of course in this very is­sue, some 10-years later, we’re cel­e­brat­ing 40-years of the 928, re­unit­ing Hans Stuck with his ex-porsche supplied 928 Club Sport at the Nür­bur­gring. Fun­nily enough Wal­ter was there, too. Hon­estly, he’s al­ways hang­ing around! Of course 2007 was the 30th an­niver­sary of the 928, al­though that fact seemed to pass us by.

Fur­ther into the is­sue Keith made his rally de­but. Not as a driver, but as nav­i­ga­tor in Mike Hick’s 914/6 on the Coppa d’europa. De­spite a cou­ple of wrong turns, it all went well, with 11th in class and friend­ship in­tact.

Mov­ing back to the news pages and can it be 10-years ago that Porsche re­ally started plug­ging the Cayenne Hy­brid? Sure, it was two years from pro­duc­tion, but we were in­vited to Weis­sach for a sneak pre­view of the tech­nol­ogy. There was even a brief ride around the test fa­cil­ity in elec­tric only mode and then the seam­less tran­si­tion as the V6 petrol en­gine took over. The fu­ture then, is very much with us now.

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