Lee Sib­ley

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

Bournemouth, UK @lee_sibs

Model 996 Car­rera 4S Year 2002

Ac­quired April 2017 Reg­u­lar read­ers will know I bloody well love a road trip, so after my new brakes were fit­ted and bed­ded in last month, I headed for my favourite roads in Wales with two good friends for the week­end.

I’ve known Sam and Alex for years.

All of a sim­i­lar age, we’re hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als in the week and diehard petrol­heads the rest of the time. Where we dif­fer, though, is in our choice of cars: I’m quite ob­vi­ously a de­vout 911 guy. Sam likes lots of cylin­ders and as much power as pos­si­ble, while Alex ad­mires light­weight, track-fo­cused pre­ci­sion.

Our con­trast­ing tastes meant we headed to Wales with an eclec­tic trio of cars: my C4S, Sam’s 507hp M5 and Alex’s Mx5-en­gined, 600kg Thrux­ton

GT. It was amaz­ing and, at times, frankly hi­lar­i­ous to see how each car han­dled dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios. Of course, I be­lieve the 996 was the best all-rounder, ful­fill­ing in many ways the 911’s very pur­pose as the ul­ti­mate sports car for all oc­ca­sions. Re­ally though, it mat­tered lit­tle: a thor­oughly bril­liant week­end was had wor­ry­ing about lit­tle else other than the road ahead. For 48 hours, we re­ally did live one cor­ner at a time!

Driv­ing back, I re­alised I didn’t want to leave the twist­ing tar­mac of Wales, for it was to be the last road trip in my 996 Car­rera 4S: painfully, I’ve had to sell the car to fund a house pur­chase. It’s been the great­est hon­our, own­ing the 911 of my dreams (most of you may know I cov­eted the C4S for years) but, with my 30th birth­day only months away, the time has come to get on the prop­erty lad­der. The pri­vate reg­is­tra­tion plate A911 HCM came with the car, and from the start I jok­ingly re­ferred to it as ‘A

911 Help­ing Ce­ment Mort­gage’, but the prophecy has be­come a re­al­ity. I won’t be with­out a Ne­unelfer for very long though, so watch this space.

It seems no­body is buy­ing at the minute, so the C4S was ad­ver­tised for weeks with lit­tle in­ter­est, even as the price be­gan to tum­ble. In the end Porsche Spe­cial­ists, Ash­goods, of­fered me a way out, and so the below is my fi­nal view of the car. I’ve a last­ing me­mory of it on Youtube, search ‘That Nine Eleven Guy’ to see the full video.

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