James Sa­muel

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

Poole, UK @james­samuel4

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

This month has been all about get­ting reac­quainted with the Turbo. Hav­ing done so many miles and track days in the GT3 it’s fair to say the Turbo has been a bit ne­glected. A work trip to Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park sprang up and, with the tyres on my daily driver best de­scribed as ‘worn’, the per­fect ex­cuse for a blast had pre­sented it­self – all 700 miles in 48 hours!

With the car packed and fu­elled I set off for var­i­ous site vis­its in Birm­ing­ham and Cheshire on my way up to North Wales, an area con­sid­ered a bit of a Mecca for mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts for its quiet, wind­ing roads among spec­tac­u­lar scenery.

I took the A5 coastal road along north Wales and dived in­land to my des­ti­na­tion near Betws-y-coed – en­thu­si­asts may know the Shell garage here, which is the only fuel stop in the wider area sell­ing su­per un­leaded. As you can see, I didn’t quite plan for such an off-road route in get­ting to my place of work for the day, but then again the Turbo is a 4x4 of sorts!

The weather was hor­ren­dous on site, but a few short miles down the A5 the sun came out, as is typ­i­cal of the cli­mate in this moun­tain­ous area. As the rain cleared the roads also emp­tied them­selves of traf­fic, and the flow­ing val­leys made for the per­fect drive home.

Ar­riv­ing back in Dorset, the car’s trip com­puter re­vealed an av­er­age

MPG of 24.8. I was so im­pressed with this, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the car has 500bhp and is driven swiftly wher­ever pos­si­ble. It was then I re­alised just how spe­cial the car is, all while be­ing ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing huge dis­tances so eas­ily.

An­other nice sur­prise was await­ing my ar­rival back home, this time in the

form of some art­work I com­mis­sioned a while back. You may have seen Edi­tor Lee’s mounted model of his old 996 Car­rera 4S which he wrote about last year, which came cour­tesy of Steve from Lit­tle­porkas. As you can see, Steve did an amaz­ing job of repli­cat­ing my cars. Check out his amaz­ing skills and maybe or­der your own – you can con­tact him via In­sta­gram by search­ing the han­dle @lit­tle­porkas.

Fi­nally, with the cooler weather set­ting in, it’s time to get on the hunt for win­ter wheels and tyres, as a trip to Italy could well in­volve the Turbo in the New Year. More on that next time, but I’ll see you on the black­top in the next is­sue!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.