Gina Pur­cell

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Ox­ford, UK

Model 911 sc

Year 1982

Ac­quired April 2014 Model 964 car­rera 4 Year 1989 Ac­quired septem­ber 2004

With St­effi the SC fin­ished, fate con­spired with the weather to spoil my dream drive home in my ‘new’ car. I did man­age to briefly drive her on my birth­day, the of­fi­cial com­ple­tion date, but snow, ice and salted roads set in for over a week. The quick shake­down drive re­vealed the need of some ‘snag­ging’ of the heat­ing sys­tem, so I left the car at Riviera for a cou­ple of weeks to await bet­ter con­di­tions. It tran­spired that both blower mo­tors had ex­pired and there was a wait while they were sourced and fit­ted.

My hus­band’s 3.2 Car­rera was due to go to BS Mo­tor­sport for in­stal­la­tion of the Clas­sic Retrofit Elec­tro Cooler

A/C sys­tem, so his 3.2 got swapped out of stor­age with Wolfi the Car­rera 4. I hadn’t driven my 964 in five months, and had only man­aged the one quick drive men­tioned above in the SC two weeks prior, so you can imag­ine my de­light at be­ing un­leashed be­hind the wheel of a 911 once more!

One photo I’d been wait­ing to get for many years was one of the cars next to the gate guardian Pho­to­graphic Re­con­nais­sance (PR) Spit­fire Mk XI replica at RAF Ben­son. It is a busy, ac­tive sta­tion, and in these times of height­ened

se­cu­rity I al­ways pre­sumed any re­quest by a civil­ian for some­thing so triv­ial would be re­jected. How wrong I was! I asked the RAF po­lice­man at the gate if it was pos­si­ble, and af­ter a check with his su­pe­ri­ors I was cleared for pic­tures. Wolfi gar­nered pos­i­tive com­ments from many RAF per­son­nel dur­ing the quick shoot, and I of­fer thanks to the RAF po­lice for their will­ing co­op­er­a­tion. The Spit­fire car­ries the mark­ings of Flt Lt Dun­can Mc­cuaig, who lost his life dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow over Bre­men.

I find it quite ap­pro­pri­ate to pose to­gether the icons of two dif­fer­ing pe­ri­ods in his­tory and two coun­tries that en­joy strong ties in last­ing peace.

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