OC­TO­BER 2000 (IS­SUE 79)

911 Porsche World - - The Way We Were -

It’s hard not to run into in­ter­est­ing par­al­lels in the space/time con­tin­uum that is Time ma­chine. Flick­ing through the pages of this Oc­to­ber 2000 is­sue, its ed­i­tor, Chris Hor­ton, putting the then new 996 Turbo through its UK paces some six years prior to Brett Fraser op­po­site in the 997 Turbo, with both cars wear­ing the en­dur­ing 911 HUL num­ber plate. ‘Sim­ply the best,’ Chris called it. Hard to ar­gue really, and cer­tainly the 996 Turbo was a game changer in terms of per­cep­tion of what a 911 could ul­ti­mately be. Chris also came down firmly on the side of the Tiptronic, too, as the trans­mis­sion of choice, some­thing most 996 Turbo buy­ers of the day seemed to agree with.

Clearly Chris had man­aged to get his 996 Turbo drive in the bag be­fore angry truck­ers man­aged to block­ade the UK’S ma­jor oil re­finer­ies in early Septem­ber 2000, bring­ing the coun­try to a grind­ing halt. Re­mem­ber that? Quite rightly, we made com­ment on the whole af­fair, prompted by spi­ralling fuel prices as petrol hit 80p a litre.

It’s al­most a cheap shot to look back at the clas­si­fieds and the Tried & tested slot (still go­ing strong, 18 years on) in the back of the mag, but it’s hard to re­sist, par­tic­u­larly when there’s a 2.7 Car­rera RS get­ting a bit of a tyre kick­ing. The car in ques­tion was at RS gu­rus, Aut­o­farm. An RS Tour­ing it was up for £37,995. A bar­gain now but pricey com­pared to the 924 Car­rera GT in the clas­si­fieds at £8750!

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