DEC 2002 (ISSUE 105)
Cayenne first drive! Now there’s a coverline to illicit a response from the Porsche faithful. First of the 911&PW crew to get behind the wheel was columnist and ex-porsche GB Press man, Michael Cotton, who was happily convinced by the whole experience pronouncing the Cayenne as a ‘proper’ Porsche and so outing himself as some sort of heretic in the eyes of many. We jest, of course, but the truth is there remain many that will never forgive Porsche for building such a machine, but then they probably still feel the same about the 924 and any water-cooled 911. Truth is, the Cayenne is a deeply impressive machine that needs to be driven to be appreciated. Not only that, but Porsche had the absolute foresight to build it, too, and so get the jump on just about every other premium manufacturer.
Now please don’t think I’m implying anything here, but Keith Seume’s Carte Blanche column celebrated the joys of driving an old Porsche as he and long term partner in crime, Delwyn Mallett, made a now long forgotten journey in Delwyn’s 356 Speedster and Streamliner duo to meet up with some other 356 owners. It rained, it was windy, the brakes didn’t work, they got wet, but apparently it was fun and no doubt character building. These days they’re the first on the phone to the Porsche GB press office for something big and comfortable, when a long jaunt is in the offing!
Back to the front cover and we boasted of 15-pages of readers’ classified ads. Of course the internet has decimated the classified world. But flicking through, there was also a full page Tried & tested on a 911SC that I actually went to see for myself and very nearly bought at £8000!