Sean Parr

Harpen­den, UK

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

Good­wood Re­vival. I’ve been maybe four or five times be­fore and two things have never hap­pened to me when I’ve gone, both of which hap­pened this time. Num­ber one, it rained, mon­soonal rain of bi­b­li­cal pro­por­tions. Num­ber two, I man­aged to make it all the way to the Re­vival in my Porsche. This, bizarrely, de­spite own­ing a Porsche of one flavour or an­other for each of my vis­its, has singly failed to oc­cur, due to break­downs be­fore the day, or prob­lems on the day.

But not this time! This time, I man­aged to make it the whole way down and the whole way back in the same Porsche that I started the day in, along with my very pa­tient wife, Ju­lia, and my even more pa­tient daugh­ter, Freya who, along with her very tall boyfriend, We­ston, man­aged to con­certina them­selves into the back of the 912.

Yes, the short-wheel­base 912! We­ston, at well over 6-foot tall, had his knees around his ears, but cham­pagne for the back­seat bri­gade all helped the day go swim­mingly, in­clud­ing one bot­tle opened by the driver while stuck in the usual traf­fic jam out­side the cir­cuit.

And what a day, a bril­liant in­tro­duc­tion to car rac­ing for Freya and We­ston, who had never seen cars go­ing round and round in the ham­mer­ing rain be­fore. It is a blast, even in the wet, but not as much fun as it is in the sun­shine. It is a bril­liant day. Even Jules, not the most avid petrol­head, loves it, now hav­ing gone three times with me. I might even get her along for a fourth some­time! Hav­ing my early car park­ing ticket go on the miss­ing list be­fore the day meant there were a few heart in mouth mo­ments when I thought that the 912, hav­ing done so well, was go­ing to get turned back by the ste­wards, but some deft driv­ing and good talk­ing got us close to the ac­tion with­out hav­ing a mas­sive walk through the pour­ing rain!

It was a great day, ev­ery­one had a ball, and the car be­haved it­self im­pec­ca­bly un­til the bat­tery went dead af­ter a quick pub din­ner. Many thanks to the two chaps in the car park who were chat­ting to We­ston about the 912 who then gave me a bat­tery to hook up to so she roared to life again. Good car.

Good car, which is now back at Fenn Lane hav­ing an­other go at fix­ing the exhaust which had started leak­ing again (sigh), and the prob­lem with the bat­tery and a few other ir­ri­tat­ing things sorted out. I was go­ing to sell it (again), but (again) I seem to have de­cided to fix the ir­ri­ta­tions and keep it. Although, if any­one wanted to make me a good of­fer, I have my eye on a GT3… Mad­ness they say.

Model 912 Year 1967 Ac­quired Novem­ber 2014

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