Living the Legend
Our real-world Porsche 911 owners update you on their latest flat six escapades
She did it! Steffi the SC got us safely to the continent and back. There were a few minor issues, the most ‘serious’ of which was the oil pressure gauge, which began flickering wildly about halfway through the journey. Inspiration for the trip came from the must-have book Porsche Drive, and Alan stitched together a seven-country loop over 11 days.
First, French autoroutes took us to Reims for a pit stop en route to Gérardmer. The hardcore driving started the following day: the Col de la Schlucht lead to the Glarus Pass and onto the Klausen Pass, stopping off in Switzerland. From there we hit the Susten Pass to Gadmen and Guttannen and on to the Grimsel and Furka Passes. On the Grimsel we got blitzed by members of Porsche Club Switzerland, so we tagged along with them and had a great chat at the summit. By chance we met ‘Petrolicious’ blogger Markus Haub on the Furka, pulling up next to his stunning long-hood 911 hotrod in a layby. He and his wife were generous with their time describing the exquisite build details, and it was a pleasure to meet them. We doubled back to Obergoms, driving from there to the Oberalp Pass onto Chur.
Leaving Switzerland behind, we headed through Davos for the Flüela and Gavia Passes. The weather closed in for much of these, making for dramatic, and at times, quite tense moments in thick fog with three yards of vision and no barriers. During driving these two passes was when the oil pressure gauge started playing up. We stayed in Bolzano, Italy, and an internet search revealed that the contacts for the oil pressure sender just needed a clean and crimp.
Our next hotel was in Cortina d’ampezzo, so we threaded through the mind-blowing Colle Santa Lucia on the Giau Pass. It was a thrilling and seemingly endless dynamic ribbon of tarmac draped through the simply breathtaking Italian Dolomites.
We hit the Passo Tre Croci, Lake Misurina and onward to Gmünd, Austria, for the Porsche Automuseum. This was our first pilgrimage there and for a small museum it is crammed with history, and a must-see, obviously. Near to Gmünd lies the Nockalmstraße, an 18-Euro twistfest of a toll road almost devoid of traffic. You must drive it!
Departing Austria for Munich, we followed the mighty Großglockner, spearing off to visit the Kaiser-franzjosefs-höhe to marvel at the peaks and glacier. Another must-see stop off was the Edelweißspitze viewpoint. Our route took us to Zell am See, to see if we could park outside Studio F.A. Porsche for a photo. The answer was an emphatic and friendly ‘yes’!
We went from Munich’s traffic jams to Stuttgart, and down the Porschestraße – Steffi was returning home. As I parked up next to the museum’s underground foyer entrance, the handbrake exploded, with the release button being fired off into the depths of the cockpit, followed by a long spring. It took a few minutes to retrieve the button and figure out that it simply screwed back into place. We thought Steffi might have wanted an extended Stuttgart sleepover!
Our evening destination was the amazing V8 Hotel in Böblingen – with themed rooms and Motorworld just next door, it’s a real treat. On the way we also managed a couple of trafficchoked laps of the old Solitude racetrack.
The remainder was the journey home via Metz, but there was still the German B500 to enjoy, and a gem-like section of the N40 in Belgium. I’m proud of Steffi the SC – 35 years old and still capable of 2,500 miles of pass busting – this was the perfect journey to undertake before she goes off for a welldeserved winter restoration.
Model 911 SC
Acquired April 2014 Model 964 Carrera 4 Year 1989 Acquired September 2004