Just when I thought that the 997 GT3 4.0RS was quite probably the last definitive, cerebral Porsche 911, Andreas Peuninger’s team introduce the 911R. In an interview with Evo’s Henry Catchpole, Andreas sets the record straight on his ethos as design head. His passion for driving is clearly evident as he talks about the process that went into developing the 911R. Throughout the chat, he talks far more about the engineering that goes into the feel and pleasure of driving the 911R that the bare … [Read more...] about The New Porsche 911R – There’s Life in The Heel Toe Gearshift Yet.
France has a rich history of motor racing and while the country did not have the huge number of redundant post war military airfields that started motorsport in the UK, if you're enjoying a driving holiday in France, they have some truly superb tracks for driving and competing. The walled town of Angouleme in The Charente is famous for the Circuit des Remparts street race. Each September, the town centre is closed as historic racing cars from all eras converge for a spectacular, maniac street … [Read more...] about On Track in The Charente – Circuite de Haute Saintonge in France
We know several Porsche Cayman GT4 owners. Without exception,, they are of the traditional Porsche owning breed. While they have an eye for investment and they care for their cars, they are first and foremost drivers, not polishers. Their GT4’s will be for driving, not posing. We talk to driver coach Mike Marot about his yellow Cayman GT4 and why he decided a Spanish road trip was a good way to run it in. This is the first on a series of Cayman GT4 opinions from people who’ve bought the car to … [Read more...] about Porsche Cayman GT4 Road Trip
In theory I should be a fully signed up chain smoker, a two packs a day man with a gravelly, action film voice-over tone. Born in the sixties when pretty much everyone smoked, in a family of parents and grandparents who all lit up regularly. Many of whom had actually been told it was good for you in their youth. It was certainly fairly normal back then and you couldn't turn a magazine page without that man on his horse and the Marlboro Country scenic backdrop. I'm sorry to disappoint the … [Read more...] about Light Up – Memories of Cigarettes and Motorsport
Ok, it has to be said. I've been quiet long enough. At first, I thought it was just me. My love of lightweight classic Porsche 911's was clouding my judgement. But as I spoke to others, I realised I was not alone. I’m talking about RAUH- Welt Begriff and those horrible cartoon Porsches. In the same way that I view a certain Trans Atlantic Porsche guru’s cars as a fine example of the Emperor’s New Clothes, so I'm feeling the hate for RWB. My hatred has nothing to do with good old RWB-San … [Read more...] about The… Errrr… Amazing RAUH Welt Begriff Porsches
Here’s a couple of laps of the iconic Donington Park circuit from summer 2015 alongside Andy McKenna. The race is the two driver Guards Trophy, part of the HSCC calendar. The car is the pretty Elva Mk7, powered by a Lotus Twin Cam. Owned by Robi Bernberg and co - driven by Andy McKenna, this was their first race together with the car. McKenna says, “That particular day we had to use the longer final drive hence my strange choice of gears at certain places...At the end of the day people say ' … [Read more...] about Elva Lotus Twin Cam, On Board, Donington Park 2015 with Andy McKenna
Across the decades of Porsche 911 production, we've seen many changes in technology and style. And not just in the cars themselves, but in the ways of marketing. Today's 'always on' social media channels, apps and streaming videos are used by Porsche in a very powerful way to promote the brand. But as a kid born in the 1960's and growing up in the seventies, car magazines and Sunday colour supplements were the areas that I was most exposed to car adverts. While we still see Porsche advertising … [Read more...] about The Changing Styles Of Porsche 911 Advertising
It’s early, before 9:00am, but even in late September, the heat of the day is making itself felt in Catalonia. I’m in Sitges, just south of Barcelona in Spain, tracking down a circuit I’d heard mention of on occasion, but had never really been able to find out much about. While Sitges may be more widely known as the gay capital of Spain, for me, the Autodromo Terramar holds significantly more fascination. Built in the hedonistic, golden age of the birth of modern motorsport, Autodromo Terramar … [Read more...] about Autodromo De Terramar – The Sleeping Legend
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A recent article on the highly regarded Road and Track Magazine’s website proved popular. Writing about the practice of track instruction and driver coaching from the passenger seat and titled ‘The Unnacceptable Danger of Track Day Instruction’ it talks about the practice of race track driver coaches delivering instruction from the passenger seat when on track. You can read the article here. It comments on the situation in the USA, "The fact that … [Read more...] about Driver Coaching and The View from The Passenger Seat
I recall to this day the very first time I saw a GPA Formula One helmet. Watching Formula One on TV at home, the cars forming up on the grid and Villeneuve climbing into his Ferrari. His mechanic offered up his crash helmet. Flameproof balaclava in place, Gilles seemed to open it up into two and slide it over his head, before snapping shut two horseshoe shaped clamps around his neck. I was amazed. In the days before VHS and Betamax, never mind TIVO, I could not record that moment. I had to wait … [Read more...] about Design Icons – The GPA Formula One Helmet
The Dynamic Mode including Active Exhaust of the Jaguar F Type S stays set when you switch off the engine. Unlike many other cars with these options, your settings remain as you left them when you return. The owners handbook says that it remains that way for eight hours. It's 6.00 am, the neat alloy door handle flips outwards as it senses the key in my pocket. As I slid down into the seat, the thought passed through my mind, “How long since I parked it?” Because when I push the anodised Start … [Read more...] about Jaguar F Type S Convertible
A pause down the phone line from McKenna. That’s rare, as he’s never normally short of something to say. “It was pretty emotional. Plus that car is unique, it’s the first time I’ve ever had a concern about a car’s value. It was fantastic.” If you’re a true Jim Clark fan, you're not going to turn down the chance to drive one of the original Lotus Cortina race cars he drove in period. And when you find out that you’re going to be driving it at Knockhill in Scotland, on the 50th anniversary of Jim … [Read more...] about Driving KPU 396C – Jim Clark’s Lotus Cortina
Brumos have been in the Porsche business since 1959, both as certified dealers and one time South Eastern USA Porsche distributor in Jacksonville, Florida and also in motorsport as Brumos Racing. Their heritage is almost as impressive as the factory itself and the Brumos Porsche YouTube channel is a great one to subscribe to. Their recent ‘catch up’ video by filmmaker Frazer Spowart shows what has happened to the five Porsche B59 GTS cars from 2011. But Google the term and you don’t get much … [Read more...] about Brumos Porsche B59 – The Full Story of the Exclusive Porsche 911
It makes a great headline but it's also the bold claim made by P51 Mustang designer. A few years ago now, in 1999 I was privileged to attend a talk by Lee Attwood, designer of the North American P51 Mustang. Despite being an elderly man at that point, he had traveled to the UK from his home in California to give a short talk to a group of aviation enthusiasts at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire. The talk had the rather contentious title 'I can built you a better airplane than … [Read more...] about The P51 Mustang – “I Can Build You A Faster Aircraft Than The Spitfire XIX” – Lee Attwood.
It’s back in 2004, the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Rain is falling in those annoying short showers that just stop the track from drying completely. Tricky conditions, the sort of thing that sends cars into the wall of bales if they drop a wheel onto the wet grass. A day for the lesser talented to learn humility. But a day for the talented to show how it’s done. Someone on the startline is wearing a Gilles Villeneuve helmet... [quote]the nose turns in and with a sharp stab of power, the driver … [Read more...] about Villeneneuve, his father’s GPA and the Ferrari 312T3 at Goodwood
I guess that ever since I was around five years old, I’ve been ‘into’ cars, especially old ones. Across the years I’ve driven many, many cars, so this is a strange admission for anyone in my position to make. It may not be wise to be saying so, but the truth is that until recently, I’d never driven a Jaguar E Type. In fact, I’d only ever sat in one for the briefest of moments, despite probably having had several opportunities over the years. Perhaps it’s a been a ‘Don’t Meet Your Hero’ thing. … [Read more...] about Confessions of an E Type Virgin