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911 Porsche World - - Letters -


In re­sponse to Jeremy Laird, Septem­ber is­sue 2018, I want to say this. It is not in my na­ture to re­spond in this way. I have been pa­tient with his con­stant worries and re­portage for much of the time. But his clos­ing ar­ti­cle on the Cay­man brought me at the end of my tether.

It is good he is off the scene but I hope he does not start the same poor qual­ity ar­ti­cles on his Porsche Boxster 3.2 by dis­cour­ag­ing oth­ers from pos­sess­ing one and en­joy­ing their Porsche. I had a Boxster 3.2 and do you know what? I never gelled with it. I was more in love with my 2.5 Boxster that had pre­ceded it. So within a year I sold my brand new 3.2 and moved into the 996 ter­ri­tory. Again, there was some­thing there that was not for me. Then I moved onto a 987.1 Cay­man S. Eureka! I gelled with the 987.1 so badly that if any­one ever pulls it away from me I will be left with­out skin.

The moral here is that we need to be care­ful when we present our per­sonal views on a sub­ject. The Cay­man is such a good and solid car that read­ers should know about it. They should stop lis­ten­ing to per­sonal trau­mas and dra­mas and stop be­liev­ing the story whole­heart­edly. They should get on with driv­ing and en­joy­ing their Porsches with­out fear and in­tim­i­da­tion.

Mr Laird's ex­cur­sion into Porsche 987.1 own­er­ship was a mis­take in the first place. He came in with se­ri­ous pre­con­cep­tions to the point that he be­came so over­taken by events that at ev­ery turn of the wheel, ev­ery knock, ev­ery sound em­a­nat­ing from his car was deemed to be a prophecy of doom and dis­as­ter. Quickly enough, he got to such a men­tal state that he started be­liev­ing his own fears to the ex­tent that he pre­sented his ar­ti­cles on the 'Croc' as an ex­pert on the 987.1 en­gine, sus­pen­sion, ride qual­ity, tyre sizes and the rest with such an ob­ses­sive man­ner that he suc­ceeded in be­com­ing en­gulfed in his own night­mare. In the process, he prob­a­bly started harm­ing his own health from the in­ten­sity. Un­for­tu­nately, his ex­pressed litany of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences (fac­tual or other) fil­tered through so badly that he was send­ing the wrong and not so in­de­pen­dent mes­sage to your read­ers.

Peo­ple should be in­formed but al­lowed to buy their cars and keep driv­ing them with­out be­ing made to sweat at the wheel, or feel para­noid that at the turn of the ig­ni­tion there may well be an ex­plo­sion.

Some ed­i­to­rial in­ter­ven­tion, in­de­pen­dence and bal­ance in re­port­ing per­sonal likes and dis­likes should al­ways be ap­plied. When sto­ries get out of hand, the un­wary read­ers may be­lieve the un­for­tu­nate per­sonal story to their own detri­ment. The le­gendary Or­son Welles once broad­cast a fic­tional story about the world com­ing to an im­mi­nent end. It was so con­vinc­ing that thou­sands rushed to es­cape the on­com­ing on­slaught by turn­ing to the streets and pray­ing to God to save the world. When the world was found to be safe the next morn­ing, they were happy that their strong faith negated the in­evitable and the world was once again safe from cat­a­clysm. Pro­fes­sor Tony Vass, via email

Steve Ben­nett replies: Thank you, Tony, just the sort of let­ter we like and en­joy read­ing/pub­lish­ing. In fair­ness to Jeremy, his en­gine did blow up one week af­ter buy­ing his Cay­man, which might have tainted his view, but he did take the car to 100,000+miles, and so did have plenty to ex­pe­ri­ence and say on the sub­ject. Wheel/tyre sizes and sus­pen­sion are very per­sonal (and I'm equally guilty here) things and Jeremy was al­ways clear that it was his own per­sonal Nir­vana that he was chas­ing.

Cay­man is­sues all in the mind for our man Laird? Read about his new 986 Boxster on p102

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