A TRUE AIR COOLED DEVOTEE

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Pierre Armspach is a sea­soned club racer who long cam­paigned a 2.7 RS in French cham­pi­onships where he came across FVD Brombacher-pre­pared cars. He was al­ready run­ning his own busi­ness, Air Cooled 911, but af­ter meet­ing Willy, they agreed to turn this into FVD Brombacher France, and Pierre rep­re­sented the Freiburg tuner for ten years.

In 2004 his fam­ily cir­cum­stances changed and he had to give up his busi­ness. But rather than re­tire, such was his com­mit­ment to FVD Brombacher that he came to work at Freiburg where he is the air-cooled guru as well as the main point of con­tact for French-speak­ing cus­tomers. He says the com­pany can sup­ply vir­tu­ally any­thing for the 356, but its heart, or cer­tainly his, is in the air-cooled 911.

The French VHC (Véhicules his­toriques de com­péti­tion) se­ries now in­cludes the SC and Pierre sees a de­mand for re­build­ing these cars for the track. His­toric com­pe­ti­tion at top level can be al­most as ex­pen­sive to en­ter as GT3 be­cause of the cost of pre­par­ing a fortyyear-old 911, but once race-ready, run­ning costs in VHC – tyres, sus­pen­sion and en­gine parts – re­quire far less out­lay, and main­te­nance is rel­a­tively sim­ple. He has even seen well-heeled GT3 ex­po­nents turn to VHC out of a sense of hav­ing missed some­thing by not com­pet­ing in his­toric 911s.

It is a long time since Pierre Armspach has done any se­ri­ous rac­ing him­self, but he still does the oc­ca­sional sprint or hill climb, ʻpour le plaisirʼ, with his RS replica and is al­ways pleased to take cus­tomers along to give them a taste of his­toric mo­tor­sport, which, though he of course does not quite say so, you do have the dis­tinct im­pres­sion he thinks is al­to­gether more fun!

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