James sa­muel

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Poole, UK @James­samuel4

997.1 turbo Model 2008 Year April 2015 Ac­quired 996.1 Gt3 Model 2000 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

With all the snow from the Beast from the East and lots of work­ing away, fun miles have been se­verely lim­ited – although I did take the Turbo to my head of­fice a cou­ple of times (a 400-mile round trip) just to have some fun for the day. It’s amaz­ing what a great all-rounder the 997.1 Turbo is: it eats the miles, cov­ers ground as fast as you are will­ing to go, gets all my tools in and when I go out on the twisty sec­tions it’s still plenty of fun.

The re­ward at the end of one such long drive was to meet up with the lo­cal Porsche crew for curry night with a swift 25-minute drive to and from the restau­rant. As al­ways there was plenty of car chat and ban­ter once we’d sat down to eat – one of the great­est things about Porsche re­ally is the peo­ple you meet, af­ter all.

This month I’ve oth­er­wise been mainly spend­ing out on other Porsche-re­lated items: my Porsche Club GB mem­ber­ship was due, and with that paid I met up with an­other Porsche nut­ter and got some Club track days booked for 2018. I’ll be do­ing Good­wood, Snet­ter­ton, Don­ning­ton and Cas­tle Combe through PCGB and also have a dou­ble track day at Spa later in the year. Very ex­cit­ing times.

Speak­ing of Good­wood, I also got of­fered full mem­ber­ship to Good­wood Road Race Club – it only took three-anda-half years of be­ing on the wait­ing list, but I fi­nally made it! With Porsche be­ing the cen­tre­piece at this year’s Fes­ti­val of Speed and cel­e­brat­ing 70 years of the mar­que, the com­pli­men­tary tick­ets will be well re­ceived.

It was also time for the Turbo’s in­sur­ance re­newal. Af­ter hav­ing a great ex­pe­ri­ence with Clas­si­cline when in­sur­ing the GT3 I phoned them up and they were by far the best price and most com­pre­hen­sive cover, so now both 911s are with them. The com­pli­men­tary track day cover was wel­comed as I can split track du­ties be­tween the two cars, if I wish, safe in the knowl­edge the cars are ad­e­quately cov­ered.

With all the track days booked it was down to the se­ri­ous busi­ness of prep­ping the GT3 to make sure all I have to worry about are my racing lines. My brother kindly do­nated a Momo Mod 07 steer­ing wheel which I just fit­ted to the GT3.

Ini­tial im­pres­sions are great and it pro­vides much needed clear­ance be­tween my legs and hands dur­ing tight corner­ing. Nearly all the parts for the trans­mis­sion up­grade have also ar­rived, con­sist­ing of Rennline en­gine mounts, Cantrell trans­mis­sion mounts, Nu­meric Racing shift ca­bles and a 997 GT3 RS shift mech­a­nism (with metal bushes rather than plas­tic). Once fit­ted I am hop­ing all the notch­i­ness will be gone and the GT3’S gear shift will be as smooth – if not even smoother – than the Turbo.

One lit­tle mod­i­fi­ca­tion/re­pair I did man­age to ex­e­cute this month was to sort out my GT3’S wob­bly throt­tle pedal. I no­ticed some side-to-side move­ment, and af­ter a quick search found it is very com­mon on the older 996 due to its de­sign. I found a re­place­ment bil­let alu­minium hinge kit made by Rennline in the US, which was promptly or­dered and fit­ted. It’s re­moved all the play and, more im­por­tantly, re­moved the chance of be­ing left stranded mid-drive.

With all the bad weather I have been clean­ing the cars of­ten, some­thing

I en­joy. I have re­cently dis­cov­ered a com­pany called Car­bon Col­lec­tive who do a great range of prod­ucts. I went for the ul­ti­mate snow foam, lusso shampo, re­act wheel cleaner and a se­lec­tion of brushes and wash mitts. The stuff has been great so far and all the cars are left silky smooth and bead­ing nicely. I am not a fan of ce­ramic coat­ing as I pre­fer to wax the car reg­u­larly with a ma­chine pol­ish once or twice a year.

As I sign off for this month I have just dropped the GT3 back at RPM as a ‘check en­gine’ light came on. It seems to be a spark-re­lated is­sue so I’m hop­ing it will be a coil pack, but luck­ily the car is still un­der war­ranty and the guys at RPM are ex­perts and should have it fixed in no time.

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