No I don't mean a new car, as you can imagine with a new
baby in the house ( Christmas Eve would you believe, so guess who had
to cook the dinner ) things have been thrown a bit into disarray at the
same time as launching a new product range of car products, so my apologies
for allowing a few months to go by without a write up for the register.
The club registers have been invited to Rockingham
race circuit in May to join the MG Car Club in some weekend car entertainment.
Check out the full details in the 968 register section of the club website
at www.pcgb.co.uk or my 968 website www.porsche968uk.co.uk.
Why don't we make it a proper register meet if you are interested let
me know it would be great to have a register meet.
For those of us that tend to hide their 968s away from the salty roads
in the winter it's getting to that time to bring the car out again. All
we need are a couple of really good downpours ( preferably at night )
to get rid of the remainder of the salt and then a nice sunny day. As
I am writing this in February and you won't read it until the end of March
we will all probably be enjoying our cars in fine weather again by the
time you read it. I did take mine out for a short run a couple of Saturdays
ago. The pleasure in driving it was just as good as ever. Over the winter
I have been using a little device for keeping the battery in good condition
called believe it or not a "battery
conditioner", it monitors the voltage of the battery and only
allows a charge if it drops below a certain level so no chance of overcharging.
You can leave it plugged in all the time and not worry about it. I have
put the details on my 968 website. Does anybody know of any other useful
products for 968s, car storage or anything for that matter related to
cars? Just send me an email
and I'll see if I can mention it in the next article.
Over the past month I have been reading about the Porsche 917, most people
have heard of the 917 and know that it dominated Le Mans for a few years.
It is worth getting to know a bit more about the development of the car
though. Such a lot went into the development of this car that it isn't
surprising that Porsche came up with a GT40 beater and a Ferrari beater.
At the time it was 30 mph faster than anything else on the track, it was
even faster than the contemporary F1 cars. As race car aerodynamics was
still in it's infancy they did have some problems keeping them on the
ground and it took a very skilled and brave man to get it round a track
at its highest speeds. For a relatively small car company to come up with
a car that could thrash Ford and Ferrari consistently in every major international
race was no small achievement, remembering also that it was an air cooled
flat 12, technically it was a 180 degree V12 (something to do with the
crankshaft). It's worth having a quick read about the 917. There are many
car books or for those of
you with Internet access there is some info about the 917 at www.carmatrix.co.uk/cars-porsche-917.htm.
On Sunday 11th May my local region is having a Lake District run which
will take us through Shap, along Shap road, it's a lovely national speed
limit road with beautiful scenery, we will be starting at a Porsche dealers
called Parker and Parker. I would love to see some 968s there so if you
can make it give me a call or send me an email and I can give you full
details. If anybody has any other ideas for a 968 meet please let me know.
I think we should have at least one as a register this year so let's have
I haven't had anybody else's input regarding anecdotes or stories about
their own 968 yet so please put pen to paper ( fingers to keyboard ) and
let us know if you have any interesting stories to tell.
Looking forward to a great 2003 car season and don't forget Eynsham Hall.