TIME MA­CHINE

This month it’s con­sul­tant ed­i­tor Chris Hor­ton los­ing him­self in piles of dusty back is­sues, when he’s meant to be writ­ing about what’s in them

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Jour­ney through 911&PW’S past

AU­GUST 1998 (IS­SUE 53)

Through­out 1998, unsurprisingly, we were mark­ing not 70 years of Porsche but 50, and that Au­gust there was just as much to cel­e­brate as there is to­day. Shortly be­fore the mag­a­zine closed for press Scot­tish driver Al­lan Mcnish had pi­loted the win­ning Porsche GT1-98 across the fin­ish­ing line at Le Mans – it­self the 50th run­ning of the race since the war – and on the front cover our tongue-in-cheek re­nam­ing of the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed as the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Porsche ac­cu­rately re­flected what felt like sat­u­ra­tion cov­er­age of the mar­que at the iconic West Sus­sex event. But no­body seemed to mind!

Con­tin­u­ing the same theme, we gave con­trib­u­tor Peter Morgan 12 pages to ex­plore the leg­end of what is still ar­guably the great­est Le Mans car of all time, the 917, and in a fascinating side­bar Gor­don Win­grove, many years ear­lier a 917 me­chanic for the JW Au­to­mo­tive team (and him­self later a fairly reg­u­lar writer for the mag­a­zine), re­called driv­ing one out on the pub­lic road at Se­bring. And, thanks to a slightly over-ex­u­ber­ant right foot, very nearly crash­ing it.

Half the age of Porsche in 1998 was well-known UK in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist Aut­o­farm, estab­lished in 1973, and we de­voted three pages to a Spe­cial­ist Top­ics story on the com­pany, com­plete with a pic­ture of a re­mark­ably young-look­ing Josh Sadler – now re­tired, of course, but still very much as­so­ci­ated with the busi­ness. Bit of a sur­prise, as well, to see a shot of then 42-year-old yours truly, sit­ting in front of two now clas­sic Ap­ple Macs in what to this day Mrs Hor­ton dis­parag­ingly refers to as The Hovel (ie the down­stairs spare room). Many was the long night I spent in there, edit­ing text or writ­ing cap­tions – much to Mrs H’s pre­dictable an­noy­ance!

Else­where in the mag­a­zine were other signs of the times: four pages each of read­ers’ let­ters and Run­ning Re­ports (where are you chaps now?), and a mas­sive four-page ad from Coven­try-based usedPorsche spe­cial­ist Au­to­bahn, now long de­funct.

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