Joe Croser

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

Northamp­ton­shire, UK @jcx911

Model 997.2 Turbo

Year 2010

Ac­quired De­cem­ber 2015 I have changed my num­ber plate and ‘tat­tooed’ my lower doors in an at­tempt to add a lit­tle more vis­ual per­son­al­ity to my Turbo. Don’t get me wrong, this is no whole­sale change, just a gen­tle makeover. I like the look of my car, but on oc­ca­sion, in cer­tain lights, it has lacked a cer­tain je ne sais quoi.

There was a time when the Turbo was the most vis­ually in­spir­ing 911 on the road, with its huge whale­tail and its flared wheel arches, but I think those days have passed. To­day the GT cars with their ag­gres­sive looks, big spoil­ers and ex­cit­ing colours grab all of the vis­ual at­ten­tion at a car meet, and the Turbo flies a lit­tle bit lower on the radar. In­deed, I some­times feel like I am in an or­di­nary car. How lu­di­crous does that sound?

So, I started to ex­plore my op­tions for adding a lit­tle more vis­ual ap­peal. I toyed with stripes down the bon­net – thin and fat – and I con­sid­ered large de­cals down the flanks. And while I came up with some lovely look­ing im­ages on Pho­to­shop, it just didn’t feel right. As the Turbo has lost a lit­tle of its tough-guy im­age to the GT cars it has gained an air of so­phis­ti­ca­tion, and I needed to re­spect that.

I pushed the pause but­ton and turned to re­cent suc­cess sto­ries for in­spi­ra­tion. I soon dis­cov­ered that the se­cret sauce in all of the best out­law cre­ations from Mag­nus Walker, Paul Stephens, Singer and the like is ‘in­tegrity’. In each case their retro cre­ations stay true to their roots while ex­ag­ger­at­ing their en­hance­ments. They are hon­est re-imag­i­na­tions of a clas­sic, if that isn’t an oxy­moron.

Time to re­set; I de­cided that my car is the de­fin­i­tive ev­ery­day su­per­car with un­canny abil­i­ties to cross con­ti­nents with ease. To dress it up as a street racer would be dis­hon­est.

And so, I turned back to Porsche’s op­tions list to see what ‘dec­o­ra­tions’ were orig­i­nally of­fered for my gen­er­a­tion of Turbo. I found a dis­creet ‘911 Turbo’ de­cal placed low-down on the doors. I liked it and toyed with var­i­ous colours be­fore set­tling on matte black, which is ap­pro­pri­ately sub­tle and suits the old chap.

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