Liv­ing the Leg­end

Our con­tribut­ing en­thu­si­asts from around the world share their real-life ex­pe­ri­ences with their Porsche 911s

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Our band of real-world Porsche own­ers share their 911 sto­ries from around the planet

This sum­mer we’ve had not just days but weeks and even months on end of un­in­ter­rupted, warm sun­shine. Great English weather just makes you want to get out and drive! We all know it can be scarce, so we have to make the most of it, and what a busy one it’s been for me.

I con­sider the 912 a bit of a fair weather car, but this year it’s pretty much been my daily hack. In ad­di­tion to bum­bling round town and to and from the of­fice we took all the B roads into Wey­mouth for ‘Porsches on the Prom’. I was pleas­antly sur­prised at the amaz­ing turnout. There re­ally was some­thing for ev­ery­one, from my hum­ble four cylin­der all the way up to a new 991 GT2 RS and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

One of my real high­lights of the year was our Euro­pean trip. Think five coun­tries in five days to in­clude some of the best moun­tain passes Switzer­land, Aus­tria and Italy had to of­fer. We even had a whis­tle-stop fac­tory tour of RUF on the way home. I’d love to take some credit for the plan­ning and route, but in all hon­esty we just turned up. What quickly be­came ob­vi­ous was how the re­search had paid off, and we felt like we had ar­rived in driv­ing heaven.

We had an eclec­tic mix of cars, in­clud­ing a big-spec 997.1 Turbo, 991 R, 991.2 GT3, 991 Car­rera T, 996.1 C4 and 997.1 C2S. The ob­vi­ous choice to add to this line-up was to take some­thing mod­ern, fast and re­li­able… but after much de­lib­er­a­tion a friend and I de­cided to go twos up in his 1983 SC! Not just any SC, but my friend Chuck’s fully re­stored con­cours ex­am­ple. The gen­eral con­sen­sus among our group was that we were mad putting 2,000-plus hard moun­tain miles on this lov­ingly lookedafter show car.

This be­came more than just a boys’ euro hoon – it was a chal­lenge: a tick off the list and a chance to give the old girl a proper run rather than be­ing wrapped up in her posh sta­ble.

Can­ford Clas­sics gave her a quick pre-trip ser­vice and once over, and then we were ready to go. We had a few tools stowed, a litre of oil, warn­ing tri­an­gle and high-vis jack­ets along­side our mod­est overnight bags, all safely nes­tled un­der the SC’S front bon­net. Ex­cite­ment, un­cer­tainty and a ner­vous­ness started our run up to the tun­nel be­fore the slightly dull run through France and into Ger­many. Our con­fi­dence quickly started to grow, and on the first morn­ing hit­ting the hills out of Baden-baden we re­alised that the mod­est SC was more than ca­pa­ble of keep­ing up with the big boys. If any­thing I think we might have had big­ger grins on our faces wind­ing up and down back-to-back hair­pins and stun­ning moun­tain passes.

The Swiss alps was our favourite part of the trip; a driver’s play­ground with some of the most amaz­ing roads we’d

ever seen. The drives through Aus­tria and Italy didn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther, with some equally chal­leng­ing and stun­ning back­drops, which were breath­tak­ing and at al­ti­tudes

I’ve only pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced on skis!

We didn’t have the horse­power to mus­cle up and down the big runs, but we def­i­nitely had the fun fac­tor! Keep­ing the revs up, chang­ing up and down the gear­box early, car­ry­ing speed and squeez­ing ev­ery­thing we had out of the SC kept us with the pack. No power steer­ing and some wide Fuchs wrapped in big rub­ber made for a mini work­out, though!

It re­ally was the week that kept on giv­ing. We clocked just over 2,500 miles in to­tal with a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for the old girl that didn’t let us down and didn’t miss a beat once. There’s an in­de­scrib­able, mag­i­cal feel­ing about cruis­ing along the Au­to­bahn on the way home in a clas­sic

911, hav­ing not just con­quered Europe but hav­ing earned her stripes as a very ca­pa­ble 911 that’s very much still got it. Bring on the 2019 ad­ven­ture! This month the 997.1 C2S was due its mi­nor ser­vice and MOT, which was a good op­por­tu­nity to get a cou­ple of other lit­tle bits done on the car that were flagged up on my last visit to Revo­lu­tion Porsche in West York­shire.

The car had only cov­ered 2,750 miles since its last MOT, so it com­fort­ably sailed through that with no is­sues at all.

The mi­nor ser­vice, brake fluid change and gen­eral health check were car­ried out by tech­ni­cian Phil Hill­yard. He in­formed me that the car was still in great con­di­tion apart from the seized HBA struts and a leak­ing coolant cap, which I knew about from my last visit.

Both front and rear HBA struts had seized in place, which con­trol the lev­el­ling of the xenon head­lights. Ap­par­ently this is quite a com­mon fail­ure on older 997s, and al­though it doesn’t have any im­pact on drive­abilty, can blind on­com­ing driv­ers when seized in the higher po­si­tion! The leak­ing coolant cap was an easy, di­rect re­place­ment with the newer im­proved part num­ber.

With all this work get­ting done with change from £440.00 I was quite re­lieved! A nice lit­tle touch from Revo­lu­tion was the full walk-around health check video that was emailed to me the same day. You can look them up at revo­lu­tion-porsche.co.uk.

Joe Wil­liams Wey­mouth, UK Model 912 Year 1967 Ac­quired April 2017

Chris Wall­bank Leeds, UK chris_wall­bank @chrisjwall­bankModel 997.1 Car­rera S Year 2005Ac­quired Novem­ber 2012

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