WHAT REALLY MATTERS
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