Kyle For­tune War­wick­shire, UK

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Model 993 Car­rera 2 Year 1994 Ac­quired De­cem­ber 2014

As a mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist I spend a fair amount of time driv­ing around in cars that aren’t mine. I’m al­ways hugely grate­ful to the peo­ple who trust me enough to drive what’s very of­ten their pride and joy. In­deed, cars like Max’s 997 Car­rera and Louis’ Car­rera 4S from the pre­vi­ous is­sue. With­out peo­ple like them, deal­ers and, of course, Porsche it­self, pro­duc­ing this mag­a­zine would be pretty tricky. Ac­tu­ally, it’d be im­pos­si­ble.

Oc­ca­sion­ally it’s me lend­ing out a car, which was the case this month when a friend, Colin Good­win, called ask­ing if he could use my Car­rera for a fea­ture in Au­to­car mag­a­zine. I was only too happy to help, as I know how dif­fi­cult it can be to source cars, and it’d make for an in­ter­est­ing day in the com­pany of some col­leagues and friends in some cars the same age as the Car­rera. Specif­i­cally mid-1990s cars, the 993 join­ing a Fer­rari F355, 968 Club­sport and TVR Grif­fith among some oth­ers, the premise of the ar­ti­cle be­ing that the 1990s was ‘peak car’.

I’ll ad­mit that it’s a line I’m par­tial to; don’t get me wrong, the mod­ern cars I drive on a reg­u­lar ba­sis are all good, but it’s per­haps just a bit too good at times. Not least be­cause of tech­no­log­i­cal creep, even fairly or­di­nary cars these days come loaded with tech, most of which I could do with­out. When­ever I jump in the 993 I find it re­fresh­ingly free of but­tons, buzzers, flash­ing lights and such­like, its sim­plic­ity be­ing part of its ap­peal.

There’s some safety kit, but it amounts to ABS and a cou­ple of air bags. There are no sports but­tons, ESP sta­bil­ity or trac­tion con­trol, switch­able drive modes or ac­tive safety aids like lane-keep­ing as­sist or col­li­sion avoid­ance. It’s all the bet­ter for it, be­ing de­void of dis­trac­tions and the in­ter­fer­ence such mod­ern sys­tems bring to the mix. Add the fact that the circa 300hp is quick enough, it’s a man­ual so it’s en­gag­ing and, thanks to the re­cent Clas­sic Nav fit­ment, it’s got a de­gree of moder­nity in re­la­tion to con­nec­tiv­ity and route-plan­ning that’s use­ful, rather than dom­i­nat­ing and dis­tract­ing.

That it was so well re­ceived by the younger road­testers on Au­to­car’s staff when they tried it only un­der­lines Good­win’s, and, in­deed, my, as­ser­tion that the 1990s were a high point in cars, at least if you’re an en­thu­si­ast.

And given you’re read­ing this I’m guess­ing it’s safe to pre­sume you are. The drive to and from the photo lo­ca­tion was hugely en­joy­able. See­ing the fun oth­ers had driv­ing it was en­joy­able too, though I did spot that one of the tail­light bulbs has gone – one ben­e­fit of let­ting some­one else drive the 993 for a change. That’ll need sort­ing as it’s MOT time soon.

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