Nick Jeffery Surrey, UK
I like Instagram. Out of all of the social media platforms it’s the one for me that stands out from all of the others. Why? Well, for one, it is all about sharing your pictures and is therefore a more visually led platform. That could explain why it seems a far less toxic environment, where users are nowhere near as judgemental, quick to criticise or be negative. Also, whilst some pages can be quite random or general in their nature, others are far more specific, like my brace of Instagram accounts dedicated to all things Porsche, be it my own cars over the years, or others that have caught my attention. @npjeffery is more general in its Porsche content and @gt3_997.1 is devoted solely to pictures of my GT3. Through these accounts I have experienced a Porsche community which comes together virtually, whether that relates to buying advice, problem solving, information about Porsche meets or just plain old-fashioned friendship.
It was the GT3’S turn to go up on the ramp for a minor service, brake fluid change and of course MOT. The early morning drive down to Paragon was simply epic! We all know engines like cold air and the ambient temperature was around 6 degrees Celsius – great for the naturally aspirated Mezger block, not so much for the Michelin rubber saving me from leaving the cold tarmac! It was one of those drives down where everything fell into place and I felt at one with the car. For me, it’s that perfect combination of a simple, thin rimmed steering wheel, a close ratio short shift manual gearbox falling closely to hand, a naturally aspirated free revving flat six behind you, blue sky and sunshine, colder ambient temperatures, a decent stretch of tarmac with no potholes or traffic, that add up to make something quite magical! It was such a good run I had to apologise for arriving late because I’d been enjoying myself so much.
Following a thorough inspection the Paragon service team noted my rear tyres were starting to wear in the inner edge, and the offside front lower wishbone bushes were starting to perish. I have asked Paragon to pre-order the wishbone from Porsche Motorsport in addition to x4 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S with the work all booked in for mid Feb 2022, including full geometry. That way I beat any anticipated price rise on 1/1/22 and ensure the tyres will be available for fitting given the shortage of certain Michelin rubber in the UK right now.
In other news, I attended the We
Are Scamblers (@wearescramblers) German Assembly at Bicester Heritage which offered a fabulous array of machinery including a good percentage of Stuttgart’s finest. The organisers asked me to park the GT3 up on the main avenue with Guy Feltham’s (@askgeez) 997.2 GT3 and a 996.2 GT3 which made for some awesome shots courtesy of my daughter Lauren (@lmj_madwhips).
The following day, Max and I attended the 9WERKS (@9Werks) inaugural event at the newly opened OPC Bournemouth. A fabulous turnout of over 150 enthusiasts were in attendance, with a mightily impressive sales and workshop facility including Porsche Classic approved status and a dedicated area for EV sales and servicing.
Finally, I held another Exclusively Porsche event at Fuel Coffee House in West Sussex (@fuel_coffee_house) with around 70 cars attending, including a stunning red 991 GT2 RS Weissach. I always love the unexpected variety of cars that turn up to my events where everyone is most welcome, regardless of which model of Porsche they drive!