Liv­ing the Leg­end

Our real-world Porsche 911 own­ers up­date you on their lat­est flat six es­capades

Total 911 - - Contents - Gina Pur­cell Ox­ford, UK

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

Year 1982

Ac­quired April 2014 Model 964 Car­rera 4 Year 1989 Ac­quired Septem­ber 2004

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