Gina Purcell Oxford, UK
@ginapurcell1 Model 911 SC Year 1982 Acquired April 2014
We weren’t planning any further holidays this year, but when offered tickets to do the Porsche Factory tour in late September by our friend and TIPEC chairman Sean, we snatched his arm off! We arranged to meet our Kent region chums at the Museum, and my husband Alan planned a six-day road raid to get there and back. The weather was expected to still be quite warm, so our weapon of choice was Sabine the 3.2 Carrera, equipped with funky Classic Retrofit A/C.
Calais to Schleiden took most of day one, with a scenic drive on the
B258 through the Eifel National Park, and the snaky ‘L’ roads that loop the lake at Rurberg. Day two’s destination was Landau to follow the B258 via the Nürburgring, and the combined ED fuel stop/café/model car shop at Döttinger Höhe for some purchasing.
We pushed south to the Moselle
Valley and Cochem. Our cunning route plan began unravelling south of Lauterecken when we ran into closed roads, then more closed ‘L’ roads south of Kaiserslautern. We hit five consecutive road closures in all that added several hours to the journey. It was as if Germany decided to do all its road repairs in one hit! The upside was that the detour roads were largely as good as our selected route.
Day three was Landau to Gerlingen via some derestricted Autobahn, the Black Forest High Road and a pause at Althengstett for a photo under the Ferdinand Porsche Strasse road sign!
Day four was the Museum and factory tour with chums. After handing our phones in we were escorted through parts of the factory, and, with this being a period of transition between models, there was plenty of evidence of the upcoming 992 model’s parts lines. The brand-new building for the Taycan looks almost finished, together with its new 911-metre-long covered bridge for bodies-in-white to cross Schwieberdinger Strasse.
Of note were the last of the naturally aspirated GT cars rumbling around wearing their protective shrouds – Porsche’s past and future rubbing shoulders. The Museum was having its ‘70 years of sports cars’ display, but as this was our third visit I made straight to Mission-e to get a handle on its size and proportions. Day five was a rough retrace of the route and saw a drive in/ drive out at Weissach on the L1177, the Moselle, the B35, B48 and the B421 back to the ‘Ring to the Café zur Nordschleife, with day six seeing us home.
Sabine the 3.2 never missed a beat. What an awesome little do-anything car she is!