Greg James

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

I’ve al­ways loved the look of the Porsche 911. But, like a lot of folks, I think that af­ter the 993 it lost a lit­tle bit of its sporti­ness, and moved more in the di­rec­tion of a GT car in both size and ap­pear­ance. How­ever, that’s re­ally a mi­nor quib­ble, as the new cars are still beau­ti­ful to look at, and un­mis­tak­ably 911. As great as the 911 look is, there are still plenty of ways to change and tweak the car

to per­sonal pref­er­ences. Some own­ers make big changes, while oth­ers are more re­strained in their mod­i­fi­ca­tions – as the old say­ing goes ‘beauty is in the eye of the be­holder.’

Per­son­ally, I’ve al­ways been the kind of owner who keeps his cars mostly stock. I’ve never re­placed fac­tory wheels, and about the only mods I’ve ever done was low­er­ing the ride height and re­plac­ing shocks. Both are con­sid­ered prac­ti­cally de rigueur by most own­ers th­ese days any­way. How­ever, when I pur­chased my 993 Turbo a cou­ple of years ago, I loved the mi­nor cos­metic changes the former owner had made: the car was low­ered and had Bil­steins in­stalled all around, the stock 993 wheels were re­placed by 996 Turbo wheels, the front end got the ‘Euro’ treat­ment, which in­cluded re­moval of the un­sightly ‘bumperettes’ and fi­nally, the fairly se­date Turbo ex­haust was re­placed by a Fab­speed sys­tem that emits a de­cid­edly more ag­gres­sive growl than the fac­tory setup. All in all, I love how it looks and sounds even as it re­tains a fairly stock over­all ap­pear­ance.

A more rad­i­cal look is em­bod­ied by the car my friend Roger En­car­na­cion owns. His 964 was mod­i­fied by a Ja­panese com­pany called Rauh-welt Be­griff (RWB). RWB are lo­cated in Chiba, Ja­pan, and

spe­cialise in out­ra­geous body kits for the 911. I’ve seen Roger’s Guards red

964 many times at lo­cal ‘cars and cof­fee’ events, and it al­ways draws a crowd. How­ever, it wasn’t un­til I had a chance to fol­low him on the open road that I had a true ap­pre­ci­a­tion for just how ag­gres­sive the RWB 964 ap­pears in mo­tion. In­stead of just say­ing “look at me”, the RWB car pos­i­tively screams “I’ve ar­rived”, and the body kit gives it the look of an au­then­tic RSR race car. Roger pointed out that un­like some of the af­ter-mar­ket prod­ucts com­mon in the 1980s and 1990s, which re­quired the owner to do some work him­self, RWB will come to you, and care­fully in­stall and fit the en­tire sys­tem like a be­spoke suit.

Ob­vi­ously the 911 is a great car that has seen evo­lu­tion rather than rev­o­lu­tion over the past 50 years. That evo­lu­tion has in­cluded lots of me­chan­i­cal and cos­metic tweaks, and rather than go­ing through pe­ri­odic ma­jor body style changes like the Chevy Corvette, the

911 has moved in a more mea­sured and cal­cu­lated man­ner. This in turn has led to a huge va­ri­ety of cars that all share the same ba­sic body style, but with dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions of what that owner’s per­son­alised cars look and sound like. To me, that’s a good thing!

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