Model 991 carrera s Year 2014 Acquired march 2016
Model 997 cup
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.