Kyle For­tune

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War­wick­shire, UK @kyle­for­tune205 @Kyle_­for­tune

Model 993 Car­rera 2 Year 1994

Ac­quired De­cem­ber 2014 Last month you might re­mem­ber me hav­ing Porsche Clas­sic Nav­i­ga­tion fit­ted and, daft as it sounds, it’s had quite an ef­fect on how I use the 993. Quite sim­ply I’m more likely to use it, it adding some real con­ve­nience to the car – al­low­ing me to charge my phone, stream mu­sic and nav­i­gate. I know I could achieve most of that by other means, but the neat­ness of the in­stall makes this far prefer­able. Yes, the screen’s small, but I use the voice prompts – some­thing I don’t do on other sys­tems – and it all works very well in­deed.

One grum­ble is it’s not DAB, which seems like an over­sight, mean­ing my favoured ra­dio chan­nel of Ra­dio X is only avail­able in cer­tain ar­eas of the coun­try where it’s on FM. It’s a shame. I can stream it via my iphone, though I usu­ally just re­vert to Ra­dio 4.

Other ad­di­tions to the 993 in­clude the fit­ting of a Thule roof rack to take my bi­cy­cle down to the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, which al­lowed me to get up early and ride around sunny Sus­sex be­fore the petrol he­do­nism that took up the rest of the day.

I’ve al­ways thought sports cars look cool with sports gear at­tached, which I think may hark back to the cop­per­coloured Lo­tus Es­prit with skis on it at the start of With the 911 al­ways tagged as the most prac­ti­cal of sports cars it seemed like a sen­si­ble thing to do.

I wasn’t alone. Ol­lie Mar­riage from

Top Gear brought his bike down on a

991 Car­rera T, pre­fer­ring a Sea­sucker set-up, which uses, as the name sug­gests, sucker mounts. It all looked sim­ple enough, but I rather like the more con­ven­tional route that the Thule set-up of­fered me, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of Rain Gut­ter Foot 951, Square Bar 761 and an Outride 561 with ad­di­tional Wheel Car­rier 545-2. It’s dead easy to fit, and costs just un­der £270 di­rect from Thule – though shop around and you’ll most likely find it cheaper.

Not only does it look good, and work well, but I was sur­prised at how quiet it was on the move, too. It’s rated to over UK speed lim­its – about 80mph (130km/h) – and didn’t seem to overly ef­fect fuel con­sump­tion, not that I re­ally pay much at­ten­tion to that. In­deed, after the first few miles I for­got it was even there, only the shad­ows it cre­ated in the low sun re­mind­ing me that I had my trusty old Spe­cial­ized road bike above my head.

I’ll use it again; the sim­plic­ity of it means the 993 will now be my go-to car when I’m head­ing some­where fur­ther afield for a ride. All of this un­der­lines the usual as­ser­tion that the 911 is the most prac­ti­cal of sports cars, mean­ing I’ve even less rea­son not to use it… It’ll be out and about a fair bit again next month, as I’ve been asked to bring it along to moon­light in an­other mag­a­zine, with other peo­ple driv­ing it. More about that next month.

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