Liv­ing the Leg­end

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

Total 911 - - Contents - Sean Parr

Real-world owner re­ports from our spe­cially se­lected global col­lec­tive

996 C4S Model 2002 Year March 2018 Ac­quired

“Wel­come back, Sean.” Lee sent me the text and I was thrilled. It’s been half a year since I last wrote an LTL piece… I sold my beloved

912 and re­placed it with a 996 C4S.

The prob­lem was that Lee had done such a good job sell­ing the C4S to me that we now had two in the LTL ranks – one too many! I have since writ­ten about my new car in my ar­ti­cle for T911 on mov­ing from air to wa­ter, an ar­ti­cle which got some at­ten­tion in the let­ters sec­tion. I haven’t changed my mind. The 911 is a bet­ter car than the 912 by every mea­sure. I’m even get­ting to the point that I think it looks bet­ter (nearly!).

So, some back­ground. I am a pa­tient in the ‘Love of 911’ ward of Stuttgart Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. The black C4S is now my fifth Porsche, all in 911 flavour – yes the 912 is a 911 – and they have all, with the ex­cep­tion of a mis­judged pest of a red SC that I wrote about for years in this mag­a­zine, been great cars. I have loved them all, and all have been writ­ten about on these pages.

How­ever, af­ter four air-cooled cars I was sick of wor­ry­ing about climb­ing values, spi­ralling costs and a con­stant con­cern over rust or break­downs, so I stopped driv­ing the 912. I wanted a car that I could drive every day, take away for the week­end, drive to see my daugh­ters in Glas­gow and Bris­tol and be able to walk when I got there. Well, I have got that in spades. In the six months I’ve had the C4S I have driven it more than 6,000 miles – more than the last two 911s com­bined in nearly four years!

The pur­chase was easy and smooth. I found it in a lo­cal per­for­mance car sales com­pany; not a Porsche spe­cial­ist, but good and hon­est. They were sell­ing it on be­half of a QC who hap­pened to live around the cor­ner from me, op­po­site my favourite cafe in my home­town of Harpen­den. I sold the 912 in Harpen­den too… it’s a small world.

I have driven the car all over the coun­try, in­clud­ing a mem­o­rable trip to York­shire with some of the Liv­ing The Leg­end boys, which was just in­cred­i­ble. The roads up there are bril­liant and, al­though I was born and bred in

Aus­tralia, I am a York­shire­man at heart, my mother hail­ing from there. The C4S was fault­less ex­cept for a fail­ing ABS sen­sor and a very close call due to this, where I al­most in­tro­duced the front of my car to the back of Joe’s 997 Turbo. It was very close, with huge plumes of tyre smoke.

So, in short, I am back and I couldn’t be hap­pier. I have some great sto­ries al­ready from my time with this beau­ti­ful car, and I can’t wait to share them all with you. Lee has been in­cred­i­bly kind to me al­low­ing me to write my air to wa­ter story and invit­ing me to do an ar­ti­cle on the in­cred­i­ble Luft

GB, which was in last month’s is­sue. Much more still to come. Lee will be missed on these pages, but for­tu­nately we get him ev­ery­where else in the mag­a­zine and on Youtube as well! Do you re­call the fa­mous but now de­funct Hus­borne Craw­ley Au­to­jum­bles? At their height they were a real trea­sure trove of Porsche and VW spare parts, and have long been missed by petrol­heads ever since.

In a quest to re­vive that spirit once more, my favourite Porsche spe­cial­ist, BS Mo­tor­sport, had their in­au­gu­ral Au­to­jum­ble and open day on 18 Au­gust. Their brand-new ser­vice bay and re­cep­tion area was launched to the world, to­gether with new staff mem­bers in the en­gine build and ser­vice/restora­tion teams on hand to chat with cus­tomers.

The gen­e­sis of this event be­gan when BSM’S Neil Bain­bridge re­cently pur­chased an ar­tic­u­lated truck full of rare Porsche spare parts from a col­lec­tor in France. Among the gems were 2.7 RS en­gines, many as­sorted air-cooled mo­tors from 2.4 to 3.6 litres, a Porsche V8 en­gine, rare and spare 911 race and road car body pan­els, electrics, gear­boxes, wheels, sus­pen­sion, trim and in­te­rior com­po­nents and even a brand-new and un­used 1974 RSR mo­tor!

Ap­par­ently it took quite a while to go through and pro­duce an in­ven­tory of this moun­tain of Porsche good­ness, with the parts racks loaded from floor to ceil­ing. Sev­eral other Porsche spe­cial­ists were in­vited along to pitch their wares for sale out­side as well, in­clud­ing Clas­sic Retro­fit with their range of up­grade prod­ucts, and the crowds were fed and wa­tered by a wide va­ri­ety of mo­bile cater­ers.

Park­ing was plen­ti­ful at the West­cott Ven­ture Park lo­ca­tion, and some Porsche own­ers who have their high-value cars stored at BSM kindly al­lowed their pride and joy to go on dis­play, cre­at­ing a scene that was rem­i­nis­cent of a minia­ture Luft­gekühlt UK, but with­out the rain that blighted that event!

Our three modest 911s were in­vited to join the dis­play cars, which was grat­i­fy­ing as we rarely have the chance to gather them to­gether. The event was deemed suc­cess­ful enough for it to be re­peated next year, so keep an eye out for de­tails… the BS Mo­tor­sport Au­to­jum­ble could grow into some­thing big.

Gina Pur­cell Ox­ford, UK

Model 911 SC Year 1982Ac­quired April 2014 @gi­na­pur­cell1

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