James Sa­muel Poole, UK

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997.1 Turbo Model 2008 Year April 2015 Ac­quired 996.1 GT3 Model 2000 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

Well, it’s cer­tainly been a busy month in the Sa­muel house­hold. Liv­ing be­tween houses then fi­nally get­ting the new place has meant the cars have been scat­tered about a bit, but for­tu­nately it does mean I have been driv­ing one or the other pretty much daily, so I can­not com­plain.

Sur­pris­ingly, for long-dis­tance tour­ing the GT3 isn’t ac­tu­ally that bad, al­though com­mut­ing across Bournemouth and Poole the heavy clutch and light­weight fly­wheel can get a bit tire­some.

I was lucky enough to get a hos­pi­tal­ity ticket for the 70th year of Porsche fes­ti­val at Brands Hatch.

The weather was amaz­ing and some stun­ning ve­hi­cles turned up both on track and on the var­i­ous stands. Even the car park looked very spe­cial! I loved see­ing the race cars of new and old ham­mer­ing round the Indy cir­cuit and watch­ing the fi­nal round of the

PCGB cham­pi­onship.

As I write this I am just get­ting ready for the fi­nal track day of the year, but

what a way to fin­ish – two whole days at Spa, a track I have been des­per­ate to drive since I can re­mem­ber. With that in mind my new back­boxes have ar­rived. The orig­i­nal ones have just started go­ing at the seams so I de­cided to re­place them with some lighter and more track friendly ones from FVD. Full re­port once they are on.

I also men­tioned the other month I have been us­ing a HANS or FHR de­vice. With this in mind I picked up a bar­gain on ebay for a brand-new set of OEM har­nesses which are FHR spe­cific. I just need to get them fit­ted be­fore I head off.

The Turbo has taken most of the daily du­ties and has been amaz­ing. I love clock­ing up miles in it; it’s so fast, so ca­pa­ble and I just love look­ing at it when I have cleaned it… the only trou­ble is it just makes me want to jump in it and go for a blast.

I did do a quick test fit at the new house and found it fits snug in the cur­rent garage, so big thumbs up there.

This month I was also lucky enough to be in­vited on a driv­ing day with OPC Guild­ford. As part of the day we were able to drive a whole se­lec­tion of cars from the Porsche line-up. My per­sonal high­light was the 991.2 GTS 4. Such a great all-rounder, plenty fast enough for every sit­u­a­tion and the ride was sim­ply amaz­ing. I would like to try one of the man­ual ver­sions, but for ev­ery­day use the PDK sys­tem is just so good.

Right, time to get tin­ker­ing on the GT3. Roll on Spa…

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