David Grover

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

Lon­don, UK

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Model 991 car­rera s Year 2014 Ac­quired march 2016

Model 997 cup

Year 2014

Ac­quired De­cem­ber 2016

Last month I men­tioned the nowan­nual trip to the south of France to at­tend an in­dus­try event in my world of prop­erty. With the event at­tract­ing over 25,000 at­ten­dees, there are a va­ri­ety of ways of get­ting there be­sides the plane or train. Your favourite car has to be up there, but mo­tor­cy­clists go, and there is a even a group of cy­clists who at­tend each year, ped­dling the whole way. Per­son­ally I pre­fer a roof, air-con, good mu­sic and the sound of a flat six or V8.

I set off with a work col­league in his beau­ti­ful 991.2 C4S, with its Aerokit mak­ing it, in my opin­ion, the best look­ing 4S I have ever seen. This was the car’s first big trip, so ea­gerly awaited too. The car per­formed per­fectly, as in fact did mine, de­spite the larger group be­ing al­most en­tirely made up of 911s whose own­ers doubted my abil­ity to even get out of the Euro­tun­nel!

Our route was de­signed not to blast down in one long day, but to en­joy the open roads. We took in the Cham­pagne re­gion for the first night’s stop, an off­mo­tor­way sec­ond day to the Bur­gundy re­gion and ar­rived on the coast the third night for a chilled even­ing be­fore the con­fer­ence started.

There are a num­ber of things I love about French roads. First, they are gen­er­ally pretty empty – the scenery can be stun­ning, es­pe­cially off the beaten track. The sec­ond is the road qual­ity, which of course isn’t per­fect, but gen­er­ally it’s much bet­ter than the UK. Sports cars are a dream to drive there: with less rut­ting, pot­holes and poor repairs, you ac­tu­ally can con­cen­trate on driv­ing as op­posed to steer­ing around tyre- and al­loy-de­stroy­ing ob­sta­cles all the time.

This year we were faced with the most ex­treme weather imag­in­able for spring on such a route, and in fact the most chal­leng­ing ever in the decades I have been do­ing that drive, mostly in my pre­vi­ous 911s. We had heavy, tor­ren­tial rain where aqua plan­ning was a gen­uine is­sue. A few times I changed lanes with­out try­ing be­cause of stand­ing wa­ter. Luck­ily the roads are so empty it’s less of a prob­lem if you just re­main pa­tient while the grip re­turns. We then had sleet, heavy hail­stones that turned the mo­tor­way white, then clear blue sky, then snow and ice!

Our re­turn jour­ney in­cluded a stop at the Mil­lau bridge north of Mont­pel­lier, which sits across a deep gorge and pro­vides a su­perb piece of en­gi­neer­ing eye candy. Note to en­thu­si­asts here, the view­ing car park head­ing south on the mo­tor­way pro­vides a much bet­ter view than the one head­ing north, hav­ing done both.

Now back in the UK, spring has sprung, and that al­lowed an­other road trip out to the south coast with fel­low Porsche en­thu­si­asts, in­clud­ing a lovely 964 RS, spoiled only by the road qual­ity and amount of traf­fic on the roads early on a Sun­day.

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