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.