WHAT RE­ALLY MAT­TERS

911 Porsche World - - The Usual Suspects -

I’ll con­clude with an at­tempt to steer the con­ver­sa­tion back to what mat­ters. Namely what re­ally makes cars like the 964 RS spe­cial. And it’s noth­ing to do with in­vest­ment po­ten­tial.

The shoot for our re­cent cover story on 30 years of the 964 took me to Spe­cial­ist Cars of Mal­ton and, once the shoot was over, we had the hard task of shut­tling the cars off Blakey Ridge and back to the show­room. Self­lessly I jumped into the Rsand ‘ac­ci­den­tally’ took a wrong turn to en­joy a few more miles of empty moor­land road.

It’s a mem­ory I’ll trea­sure for a long, long time. For a good 20 miles it was just me, the Rsand the road ahead with ab­so­lutely no dis­trac­tions. The process of driv­ing that car and driv­ing it de­manded my ab­so­lute and full at­ten­tion. Ev­ery con­trol in­put re­quired for­ward plan­ning and a proac­tive, de­ci­sive ap­proach. To which the car re­sponded with truly in­spi­ra­tional pre­ci­sion and sharp­ness. I could have driven the same road at twice the speed in a 991 GT3 and hardly raised a sweat, with all the risks to life and lib­erty that en­tails.

But the size, per­for­mance and sen­sa­tion of driv­ing that 964 was just so much more re­ward­ing and rel­e­vant to what you can en­joy at road speeds. And for the driv­ers, dream­ers and en­thu­si­asts that’s what makes it so sad that the Porsches made for ap­pre­ci­at­ing at the wheel are now so fre­quently traded by those with so lit­tle in­ter­est in do­ing that. I’ll have to ac­cept that the only spec­u­la­tion I’ll ever likely be in­volved in is the ‘if I had the money kind’. But if I did I hope I’d be out there us­ing the car as it was meant to be used.

They don’t make ’em like they used to. Old school 911s of the 964 RS va­ri­ety de­mand in­ter­ac­tion and driv­ing com­mit­ment to get the best from them

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