Model 997.1 Car­rera S Year 2005 Ac­quired Novem­ber 2012

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports - Leeds, UK chris_wall­bank @chrisjwall­bank Chris Wall­bank

Af­ter an­other month of amaz­ing weather in the UK it was fi­nally time to put down the cam­era and meet up with some of my fel­low LTL colum­nists for a road trip around the North York­shire moors! It’s some­thing I had been ea­gerly wait­ing for as the Car­rera S hadn’t been out of the garage for a num­ber of weeks.

It was all made pos­si­ble by our good friend and 997.2 Turbo owner Joe Croser, who very kindly took the time out to or­gan­ise an awe­some route over two days which started very close to my home town in Colling­ham. There wasn’t a sin­gle cloud in the sky as I was joined at the meet­ing point by Joe, Rob and EXLTL con­trib­u­tor Sean Parr with his new 996 Car­rera 4S.

Joe promised that the route he chose had some epic roads, which I was very keen to experience with them be­ing so close to home for me and having never driven them be­fore. I have to say – def­i­nitely wasn’t dis­ap­pointed! There were some amaz­ing switch­backs and fast twisty bends I didn’t even know ex­isted!

I fol­lowed Joe for a good stint on the first day and I have to say I’ve never been a fan of the how 911 Tur­bos sound in com­par­i­son to the nor­mally as­pi­rated Car­rera S, as there’s usu­ally hardly any grunt, but Joe’s up­graded Shark­w­erks ex­haust sounded sim­ply in­cred­i­ble!

The weather was also ex­tremely un­usu­ally hot, which meant for very sticky roads and grippy tyres, but my trusty 997 Car­rera S did not dis­ap­point, as al­ways! I still love how the 3.8 de­liv­ers its power in the higher rev ranges.

I did no­tice on some of the slightly bumpy York­shire roads the sus­pen­sion felt like it was al­most bot­tom­ing out with the 20mm-lower springs fit­ted, mak­ing it slightly un­set­tled at times. Some­thing I feel may be helped by the fact that the struts are now 13 years old! I think I may look at ad­dress­ing this with full new Blis­tein sus­pen­sion struts that sup­port PASM at some point very soon.

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