Duxford Delights/Water cooled comments.
Sadly I feel that I must apologise to the 968 register members for the
comments regarding watercooled Porsches and their owners in the January
issue of Porsche Post.
The comments are very unwelcome and in my opinion should never have been
printed. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but the Porsche Post,
which is the official club magazine, should never be used to try to humiliate
or denigrate any part of the club membership. I have no wish to repeat
the comment here, and I am personally incensed that the magazine has been
used in this way. Many of us have persevered to prove that all members
are treated with the same respect and sadly one persons opinion can be
taken as the norm which I assure you it is not.
A Quick Blast? A Very Quick Blast.
Took the car out for it's first real blast since before Christmas last
night, (26th January), it was nice to give it a bit of a decent run in
reasonably good conditions. One thing that struck me was the engine note
above 4000 rpm. That throaty roar sounded great. Unfortunately at a certain
speed (which cannot be mentioned here) the wind noise takes over.
I had the car serviced at Hartech in Bolton before Christmas having won
a service discount in 2002 at a concours event, yes even after more that
a year they honoured the discount.
It turned out that the car was in need of a bit more than a service resulting
in a camshaft replacement as well as the belts, Variocam chain and slides,
belt tension rollers etc. etc. They called me to explain what needed doing
before they went ahead and also kept the bits for me to examine. They
even went to the trouble of explaining the reasons that things needed
changing even though to the untrained eye it might appear that things
They use complex but common sense calculations from wear that is present
on the components to make a judgement on how much longer it would last
before catastrophic failure. They have built part of the business on a
reputation for knowing the front engined cars literally inside out. Previously
I have had the car serviced at an OPC as it was still in its 10 year bodywork
guarantee period and needed the stamp in the book. The problem is that
the OPC will only do what is asked for in the schedule and Porsche don't
recognise that the Variocam parts may wear (go figure).
I have to say that having had the work completed it gives you a great
sense of reliability, possibly too much. Hence the trip out last night.
I will be doing a full write up with images on the service and the components
replaced but work committments haven't allowed me to complete it so far.
Porsche 996 GT3 RS
I had a drive in one of these awesome machines just before Christmas and
it was in the truest sense of the word a race car designed to beat anything
that it may come across. When I positioned myself in the excellent seat
and with my wife beside me looking apprehensive, the owner said, "warm
it up, then use eight two".
"Eight two", I thought, I wonder what he means, then I looked
at the rev counter, redline, 8200 rpm.
I followed this chap through the Northamptonshire countryside and I have
to say that I never got anywhere near the 8200 redline but with this car
you wouldn't really want to unless you where on a track.
My thoughts obviously turn to the 968 Turbo RS, I
have always gone on about 968s being great cars on short tracks and that
it would be a special 911 that could follow one through a series of corners.
The GT3 RS without a doubt is a fantastic competition car and out of the
league of the standard 968. However if the 968 Turbo RS is built to the
same competition standards as I am sure it was, it too would be a formidable
track machine to get hold of.
But then it may be unfair to compare a modern race machine to a 10 year
old design, so it would be the 964 RS that would have to hold the rear
engined end up. That one was covered in November 2002 issue of GT Purely
Porsche and it was compared against a 968 Club Sport not the RS. The 968
came out as the author's choice for being a more complete and fun car.
Front Engined Day
A front engined day is being organised for 4th April 2004 at Porsche Club
house so we should see lots of 924s, 944s, 928s and of course the star
of the show the 968s. We have a time of 10:30 to be there. There will
also be a 17 mile run through the countryside starting at 1pm.
I have put a page up on my website with the details and fellow 968 owners
are arranging to meet each other "en route" on the forum at
968 Register Window
I have approached the club for 968 register window stickers as the image
above and hopefully we should have them before the front engined day.