LET­TERS

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Classic Porsche - - Letters -

CAR­RERA 2 CHAL­LENGE

Thanks for the ar­ti­cle on the 356 Car­rera 2 B in is­sue 51 ( Friends Re­united, pages 30–36). I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated with this 356 icon since read­ing about it in an Ob­server’s Book of Au­to­mo­biles from 1963.

I be­lieve there were never any Car­rera 2s or­dered for the Aus­tralian mar­ket due to their price, which makes this one on your pages all the more in­ter­est­ing hav­ing spent sev­eral years of its life there.

At­tached are some pho­to­graphs taken by my friend Brian Reed of your fea­ture car while it was in Ade­laide, pos­si­bly some­time in the early 1980s. And yes,that is 105mph on the speedometer, and what looks like 5000rpm on the tacho, as well!

The sec­ond (red) car be­longed to a John Piper (per­haps the same John Piper who pre­vi­ously owned 292 NOJ?), the pho­to­graph also be­ing taken by Brian at a mu­seum in the UK.

The ʻRe­u­nion Chal­lenge Part 2ʼ I have for your re­source­ful re­porter Kieron Fen­nelly is to track down the where­abouts of the sec­ond Piper Car­rera 2. A sub­se­quent Reunion of the two Piper Car­reras 292 NOJ and EMD 932B would round off the story nicely. Den­nis Brooks, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

Keith Seume replies: Wow, thanks for send­ing the pho­tos, Den­nis. It re­ally is a small world, isn’t it? The DVLA (li­cens­ing depart­ment in the UK) records show that EMD 932B is still on their com­puter, but that it hasn’t been taxed since 1995 and there is no record of it be­ing MOT’D, ei­ther. Nor­mally this might sug­gest one of two things: the car has been scrapped (un­likely, one would hope) or it’s sit­ting in a col­lec­tion un­used. As your friend took a photo in a mu­seum, we can only as­sume it’s still tucked away. Can any read­ers throw any light on its where­abouts?

FILL­ING IN THE BLANKS

Hav­ing read the ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on the Car­rera 2 292 NOJ in the lat­est is­sue of your magazine ( Clas­sic Porsche #51), I can help re­gard­ing in­for­ma­tion on M J Haw­ley, the orig­i­nal owner of the car, about whom lit­tle was known, it seems.

In fact, Mike Haw­ley owned a large bak­ery busi­ness in Birm­ing­ham (Haw­leyʼs Bak­ery), which was sold to Grand Metropoli­tan in 1976. Both he and his wife owned Porsche 356s and at­tended the first Porsche Club GB meet­ing, held in 1961 at Chateau Imp­ney. I re­mem­ber the Car­rera 2 and was given a ride in it in 1964 at an event held in Bournemouth.

Mike re­placed the Car­rera 2 with a new 911 in 1966. From mem­ory at that time he used two reg­is­tra­tion num­bers on his cars, 3 LOV and 5 LOV. He was a hill­climb man, never cir­cuits, but I can­not be sure if the Car­rera 2 was ever used in com­pe­ti­tion. Sadly, he passed away many years ago. John Arnold, via E-mail

Keith Seume replies: Thank you so much for get­ting in touch, John. I can tell you that Mick Pacey of Ex­port 56, who brought the car along to Good­wood, was de­lighted to be able to fill in the miss­ing part of the car’s his­tory. It is a shame that Mike Haw­ley is no longer with us as I am sure he would have had plenty of sto­ries to tell of his time with the Car­rera 2.

AP­PEAL FOR INFO…

How lovely to see the fea­ture in is­sue #51 on the Car­rera 2 ( Friends

Re­united). It is lucky to know so much of the car ʼs his­tory.

I have been try­ing to trace the own­ers of my own RHD 356 – but I have a 22-year gap in its his­tory.

I know that it was built as a Su­per 90 in 1962 and sup­plied through AFN to ʻThe Black­ad­der Mo­tor Com­pa­nyʼ of Falkirk, who sold it to a Mr Howatt. It was regis­tered as CMS 100. The car was re­turned to AFN a few months later for a new en­gine.

I then have a 22-year gap to when the car was re-regis­tered in 1984 and sold to the lady from whom I ac­quired the car.

I still live in hope that some­where is my car ʼs AFN sales re­ceipt, hand­book and a nos­tal­gic pre­vi­ous owner… Si­mon Hard­ing, via E-mail

“YES, THAT IS 105MPH ON THE SPEEDOMETER…”

Keith Seume replies: What a truly won­der­ful name, ‘The Black­ad­der Mo­tor Com­pany’! Can’t help won­der­ing if the chief me­chanic was called Baldric… Hope­fully your let­ter will spark some­one’s mem­ory, but I see from DVLA records that the orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion is now on a red Ford, which is a shame. It’s a pity that so many of these early cars lost their orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion num­bers, thereby mak­ing the process of track­ing their his­tory all the more dif­fi­cult.

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