In Porsche collecting circles, right now even a few months seems like an eternity. I originally wrote this article in 2011. In March 2016, I updated it to reflect the changes in attitudes towards the Porsche 996 Turbo. Buyers had realised that the engine was indeed pretty bulletproof and the cars were rising. I wrote with confidence, as you will see, that I thought the 996 Turbo was too numerous to become collectable...... Today, we're seeing Porsche 996 Turbo for sale that were previously … [Read more...] about UPDATED – The Porsche 996 Turbo – Why They’re Good Value and Why They’ll Never Be Truly Collectable
The Porsche 911 is a subject close to my heart. As someone who has spent a large slice of his working life in the automotive and motorsport industries, I have become largely immune from the attraction of the latest performance cars. After a while, they all merge into one. The Porsche 911 is different.
I write regularly for Porsche publications and have been incredibly fortunate to have been trusted with the keys to a great many Porsches. From early, air cooled cars weighing less tan 1,000kgs through to the very latest technical masterpieces.
I've also developed a skill for explaining to Porsche 911 owners how to get the very best from their beloved cars on track.
So what makes the Porsche 911 so addictive? Read this blog posts below to gain a more through understanding. Some people never 'get it'. They're forever puzzled by the strange car with the engine theoretically in the wrong place.
For those who do 'click' with the Porsche 911, it's a life long journey of ownership, great drives, meeting great people and continually learning more about how to get the best from yourself and your car.
This recent cover story for Total 911 started out as a straight forward report on the latest Porsche 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition. The initial plan was to drive the car and report on it, probably somewhere in the North Wales area. Then we found out that a classic 930 Turbo 3.0 in the period gold shade was also potentially available. That’s when it got really interesting. Editor Lee’s brief expanded from simply featuring the 991 Turbo S Exclusive when we discovered that the 930 Turbo was … [Read more...] about Behind The Scenes . -Twin Porsche Turbo Magazine Feature Production
This great YouTube video is one of a series of Top Fives from Porsche. Anyone with even a passing interest in Porsche will be aware that Rennsport Porsches are minimalist and light weight. The 2.7RS is considered the Holy Grail of collectable, lightweight Porsches. However this video highlights the fact that there are at least four other Porsches that are significantly lighter in weight. The cars are, of course all historic racing Porsches with the emphasis on hillcliming. So what better place … [Read more...] about Top Five Lightweight Porsches and the GT3 RS that is ‘Almost’ Lightweight
A random thought occurred to me this week. Coming across a Porsche Cayman R in a car park, the subtle differences in stance of the R was more apparent than normal. As parked a short distance away, there was a plain, vanilla flavoured 2.7. The lower ride height, the fixed blade type rear spoiler and the carbon ceramic brakes in this example were more apparent than normal. So my thought was. "Will the Cayman R ever become a collectable Porsche?" The Cayman was, of course, a great seller for … [Read more...] about Will The Porsche Cayman R Ever Be a Collectable Porsche?
If you are one of those drivers who doesn’t really ‘get’ the whole Porsche thing, then you must watch these three videos. People who are addicted to the Porsche 911 feel will know exactly what Richard Meaden is talking about. For those who are unconverted, we've written elsewhere about how it takes time to get to know a Porsche 911, so perhaps you simply haven’t spent enough time behind the wheel of them. There’s no doubt that Porsche 911’s aren’t for everyone. And I wouldn’t like it if they … [Read more...] about Three Porsche Drive Videos non-Porsche Owners Must Watch
Air cooled Porsches, black and white analogue photography and a Leica rangefinder. What’s not to like? Bart Kuykens’ project A Flat Six Love Affair is quite probably heaven on so many levels. Watching him in the film opening another roll of Kodak 35mm brings back many happy memories for me. Memories of a time when photography wasn’t quite as urgent, as instant as it has to be today. When photo shoots were more leisurely affairs, the moments of changing over film rolls were punctuation marks to … [Read more...] about For The Love of Analogue
I have to admit, when I visited Los Angeles a while ago, I was rather puzzled. I'd often read of the California air cooled Porsche scene, but driving around the streets of downtown LA, I couldn't figure out where on earth these owners would go to drive their cars. Even if you escaped the traffic gridlock for a while, the endless glare of the wide concrete highways, added to the poor shape of the downtown roads, made me think that actually, you're probably going to damage an air cooled Porsche … [Read more...] about Those California Backroads and Air Cooled Porsches
“How can you find so much to say about just one car?” It’s a question I’m frequently asked with regard to the Porsche 911, generally by people who are perhaps not the most diehard of Porsche enthusiasts. It is indeed a reasonable question to ask as, to the casual observer, Porsche 911s are all the same. Rather Germanic, still with the engine in the wrong place and for those with a love of curvaceous Italian cars, not particularly attractive with engines that have a gruff exhaust note and none … [Read more...] about Three Porsche Features, three utterly different 911 genres, one Porsche magazine
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.
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
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
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 can sometimes be difficult creating fresh locations when writing about and photographing cars, especially the more collectable ones. Unlike Press Cars, who’s objective in life is ideally to be driven far and wide, written about and photographed as often as possible, all too frequently, owners of the rarer, collectable cars don’t want to travel too far away for photography. And that's perfectly understandable. As while they’re eager to have you drive the car to convey an accurate impression … [Read more...] about I Love It When A Plan Comes Together
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's been a while. A while since I drove an early, well sorted, lightweight 911. I seem to have spent to much of my time recently in 996 and 997 Turbos. Brutal power of course, with the thrill of the on-boost whoosh throwing you at the horizon as if you'd just left the deck of an aircraft carrier. You learn to drive them not on throttle response, but on boost sensitivity, feeling for the onset of the boost building and driving accordingly. Sometimes even as your foot is lifting the boost is … [Read more...] about Racing in The Street
I first saw this car towards the end of 2011. I was visiting Specialist Cars of Malton, based in Yorkshire, UK, on the pretext of another car photo shoot. Owner John Hawkins gestures, "Here, let me show you this", heading to a side door. Anyone knowing John will be aware that you should be very cautious when he says things like that. You should also check the bottom of a coffee cup before accepting it. Opening a side door, we're looking at an immaculate, Guards Red Porsche 959. Rare, but not … [Read more...] about Is This The World’s Rarest Porsche 959?