Rob Clarke

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

Bris­tol, UK @rob911_ltl @ROB996LTL

Model 996.1 Car­rera 4 Year 1999

Ac­quired Fe­bru­ary 2014 It’s not al­ways about the des­ti­na­tion, but the jour­ney. After hear­ing about Flat Six Sun­day down at Poole Ac­ci­dent Re­pair Cen­tre and with the re­cent warm weather, I thought what bet­ter way to spend a Sun­day then drive down, catch up with Lee and a few oth­ers who con­trib­ute to To­tal 911, and speak to other like-minded own­ers.

Of course, the week­end ar­rived and the heav­ens opened. The jour­ney also threw up a few sur­prises: first, my sat nav routed me round bits of Bath I had never seen be­fore, which in­cluded a toll bridge! I stopped and there was no­body in the booth, and there didn’t ap­pear to be any­where to put the money, so I car­ried on; next time I go over there I had bet­ter pay the £0.80 I owe them!

About 25 miles out I turned off a main road and the front end washed out. I was go­ing through mild panic. I ap­plied some more lock and the front wheels gripped and the car had a lit­tle twitch and went in the direc­tion I was ex­pect­ing it to go! To fin­ish the jour­ney off there was the com­mon sce­nario of some­body pulling out on me. Full stop re­quired

ABS go­ing ac­tive and a com­plete look of hor­ror on the lady’s face as I was aim­ing straight for her door – she was cross­ing at a junc­tion where I had right of way. I stopped, she car­ried on. All was good.

I ar­rived in Poole and it was all quiet. One other 911 was there, so the guys at Poole Ac­ci­dent Re­pair in­vited me in for a cof­fee while the oth­ers ar­rived. By the time I had started on the cof­fee a few peo­ple had ar­rived, other mad tools brav­ing the rain.

The day was a joint event be­tween 9Werks and Poole Ac­ci­dent Re­pair.

Leon opened pro­ceed­ings and gave us a tour of the fa­cil­ity, talked us through a num­ber of pro­cesses and pro­vided a be­hind-the-scenes look at a Porscheap­proved body­work re­pair cen­tre. Chuck was on hand to chat with us all and share the in­ter­est.

Some great kit there, and some in­ter­est­ing in­sight to mod­ern car pro­duc­tion and, more specif­i­cally, the im­pli­ca­tions of this on body­work re­pair, such as how the use of light­weight ma­te­ri­als and com­pos­ites have higher re­pair costs and con­se­quently a lower thresh­old to de­ter­mine write-offs – it’s quite stag­ger­ing, the level an in­sur­ance com­pany will deem it is not worth it!

Also, man­u­fac­tur­ers chase ev­ery last gram to re­duce weight at the ex­pense of us­ing one-use-only ti­ta­nium bolts… feels like a false econ­omy to me that in the fu­ture may kill cars of to­day as clas­sics, as they will be deemed un­eco­nom­i­cal to re­pair! It’s re­as­sur­ing to learn that the UK re­pair in­dus­try has the best stan­dards in Europe; makes you think twice buy­ing about an im­port.

Chuck closed pro­ceed­ings with an award for the Spirit of Porsche – luck­ily it was awarded to me! It was a big sur­prise and as a re­sult I went away with a nice scale model of a GT3 Tour­ing. I just need to save up for the real thing!

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