Gina Pur­cell

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Ox­ford, UK @gi­na­pur­cell1 Model 911 SC

Year 1982

Ac­quired April 2014 Model 964 Car­rera 4 Year 1989 Ac­quired Septem­ber 2004 Since St­effi the SC’S resto she’d been hob­bling about with her sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try hav­ing been up­set by cor­rec­tive work when hav­ing her front end pulled straight.

An­other visit to Chris Franklin’s Cen­ter Grav­ity was ar­ranged, but I also had in mind a change for the car’s han­dling en­ve­lope. Pre­vi­ously she utilised CG’S ‘fast road’ set-up, with the front up­rights an­gled for­ward and the sus­pen­sion raised to Chris’ ‘two fin­ger, two fin­ger’ spac­ing from the tyres to the

wheel arch, front-to-rear, and the tyre con­tact patches as flat to the road as pos­si­ble. This gave supreme ride qual­ity and a feel­ing of the car be­ing locked into any curve I threw her into. The watch­words were speed and sta­bil­ity.

My days of tail-chas­ing much faster cars down un­known roads are over, and post-resto St­effi has earned the right to take life a lit­tle eas­ier. I now had a clean sheet to start from and chose to have the car ju­di­ciously low­ered to ‘one fin­ger, one fin­ger’ and the rake in­creased, so the up­rights were hauled back and more cam­ber in­tro­duced.

I also asked for the steer­ing weight to be dras­ti­cally re­duced. I thought I was ask­ing the im­pos­si­ble of Chris when I said I wanted to keep as much of the ride com­fort as well, but some­how, he achieved it. St­effi is now much more agile and pointy at the front, with the rear able to ex­ert a lit­tle more author­ity, and all wrapped up with a de­light­fully lighter helm that gives more feed­back. Ev­ery­thing I asked for was de­liv­ered – su­per job, Chris!

We had tick­ets for the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, choos­ing to go on Fri­day 13th. Un­lucky for some, but very lucky for me as a su­per-fan of the TV

show The Bridge, as the 911S driven in the se­ries was up for auc­tion by Bon­hams that day. I have ob­sessed over this show and its four-wheeled su­per­star since the first UK broad­cast, and I was de­ter­mined to get up close to Saga Norén’s wheels.

I thought about bid­ding, but on see­ing the cal­i­bre of the se­ri­ous buy­ers in the room, de­cided it was un­wise. In­stead, I jumped into Saga’s car with a fris­son of ex­cite­ment and had a few pic­tures taken with it. Sud­denly, Sofia Helin, who plays Norén, was stand­ing next to me! She was in at­ten­dance to see ‘her’ 911 sold off, so I man­aged to get a few mo­ments to chat with her once more, and she kindly signed my Bon­hams cat­a­logue. It was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence!

The win­ning bid of £125,000 was just a tad out of my price range, and even made the BBC evening news!

In an in­cred­i­ble act of gen­eros­ity by the pro­duc­ers of The Bridge, all sale pro­ceeds were do­nated to Sofia’s favourite char­ity, Wat­eraid. We missed the auc­tion due to be­ing stuck out­side on the Duke of Rich­mond’s front lawn, wav­ing our Porsche flags in cel­e­bra­tion of Porsche’s 70th an­niver­sary.

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