911 & Porsche World Magazine - January 2024
911 & Porsche World Magazine - January 2024
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In this issue
TWICE THE JOY
Jan Frickel’s 2004 986 Boxster build.
BUYING 928 GT
The rare, 326bhp, manual-only ‘land shark’.
OUR FAST FLEET
Unveiling the 996 GT3’s fresh paintwork...
The Usual Suspects
Jeremy Laird on getting back to driving basics on some proper Brit B roads, why he would take driving dynamics over orginality and how the invevitable march of progress is dulling cars
For Greg Howell a passion for VWs and the VW scene inevitably led to the altar of all things Porsche and a passion for modified 964s, culminating in this slammed C4
A Tooth for a Tooth
The 928 has a reputation for being fearsomely difficult to work on. And there is certainly a lot of it. In truth, however, even replacing the big V8 engine’s vital timing belt, and the water pump it drives, is only marginally more awkward than on a humble 944
The Blues Brothers
Two friends, two Porsche 993s, two shades of blue. Between them they’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and they’re wearing sunglasses… Except they’re not, of course, and neither Paul Madden nor Mike Moore smoke. They may not be on a mission from God – or driving to Chicago – but getting their cars to this level of detail was pretty close to being a spiritual experience…
Attack Of The Clone
It’s a 993 RS in all but its VIN plate, that would have most experts fooled. We take a drive in the ultimate clone.
Improving On Perfection
The 987 Cayman’s sweet chassis is its defining feature. But that hasn’t stopped one intrepid Croc owner from attempting to improve on near perfection with help from Ohlins and Center Gravity.
Sonic Boom Boy
In an unplanned attempt to emulate Bloodhound’s world land speed record challenge, Johnny Tipler discovers his 986 S is halfway to the sound barrier with a Cargraphic silencer, which provides the required acoustic effect.
Anniversaries come upon us thick and fast, and car manufacturers commemorate the most significant ones with limited editions. We pay due diligence to a special pair, the 997 Sport Classic and the 911 50th Anniversary 991.
Sing it loud: “Happy Birthday!” Launched in 1977, the 928 design masterpiece is 40-years old.
The Kitchen Sink
Having replaced 996 Pig Energy with another 986 Boxster S, Johnny Tipler is hellbent on raising its spec to that of its predecessor, a 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Boxster S, AKA the Silver Bullet.
Are You Experienced?
Porsche opens new $60-million Experience Centre and USA Motorsports HQ in Los Angeles. We blagged our way in for the launch, with Porsche top brass and full line-up of racing legends and celebs.
Survival of the Fittest
Owned since new in 1974, Denele and Roger Somshor-Walsh’s 911 Targa has recently been put back on the road after 13-years laid-up. They’re now back behind the wheel and enjoying every moment.
Steve Bull Specialist Cars
Devizes based Porsche specialist, Steve Bull, keeps his feet on the ground to provide no-nonsense servicing and repairs for Porsche owners, that value quality and workmanship over fancy showrooms .
Top of the Pops
RAK Records’ swinging ’60s boss Mickie Most was so enthralled by Kremer’s 1979 Le Mans win he had them turn his ’74 2.7 Carrera into a K3 street car. We sample a music industry icon.
Gas platform worker, David Hamilton, has amassed quite a collection of Porsches – 924s mainly, with a daily driver, a spares car, a US market Weissach Commemorative Edition and a Turbo. However, today he’s keen to show of his 996 Turbo and we’re keen to see it!
A very special drive in a very special car as we get nfettered access to a 964 restored by Singer ehicle Design.
Reining In The Horses
Just how extreme can a road car get before it belongs on the track? This 600 horsepower 993 GT2 Evo comes close, yet it has an amazingly docile temperament, too.
At Power Throttles Ltd
What will throttle bodies give your Porsche? Well, if it’s an air-cooled 911, 964 or 993, then about an extra 25bhp of pure bolt on power, more when combined with other mods. We get the lowdown from AT Power Throttles and its ingenious ‘shaftless throttle’ design.
Boxster Gets An Overdue Service
Brett Fraser removes head from sand and confronts the various issues with his Boxster S, just not all at once though! First on the agenda is to replace ragged front tyres and brake discs.
Porsches? I've Had A Few
Whilst it hasn’t always been Porsches in Mike Calvert’s world, it’s safe to say that it’s mainly been cars from Stuttgart. Starting with a 924 in the ’80s he’s had the full gamut including a Carrera 3.2, 964 and even a 928. Today he owns a 924 Carrera GT replica and a wild TechArt 996 Turbo.
The Usual Suspects
The times they are certainly a-changing. Bennett ponders Porsche’s move from the World Endurance Championship to Formula E, and why by 2040 we’ll be enjoying our fossil fuel-powered machines recreationally, plus front-engined Porsches on the up.
Turning Air Into Water: 20 -Years Of The 996
The 996 generation 911 is 20-years old this year. Maligned by many, it’s time to acknowledge the 996 for its place in the 911 pantheon. The 996 is Porsche’s line in the sand, which separates the old school, classic aircooled 911 with the modernist water-cooled generation – a move that Porsche had to make or cease to be. In order to appreciate the giant-step involved in making that transition, it’s worth looking back, so we’ve drafted in the last of the air-cooled 911s in the shape of the 993. This is how Porsche turned air into water and created the first modern 911 and rebooted the 911 concept into the new millennium.
Old Dog, New Tricks
Le Mans winner Richard Attwood never really stopped racing, while his current mount, a 39-year-old 928 S, never saw a circuit – till now. We watch the ace in action at Croft.
Stuck, In The Middle
The 928 is a trans-continental express, and we cement its reputation by driving 928 miles from Silverstone to the Nürburgring and back in a 928 GT. There’s a bonus ball: Hans Stuck gets reunited with his 928 CS, too.
Finally Some Good News...
Yes, it’s good news from our man Laird and the Cayman. The suspension is working well with new springs and the blowing exhaust headers have been welded rather than replaced. Finally he’s happy... For now!
Racer, road tester, instructor and scribe, Roberto Giordanelli has handled many exotic machines over the years. His current inventory includes a rare Porsche 968 Sport, and he also has a stake in an even scarcer 968 Turbo RS race car.
Despite the hype surrounding it, the hybrid 918 Spyder did not sell like hot cakes when it went on sale in late 2013, a hypercar insider tells us. But that was before people realised that ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’.
Dealer Talk:Nine Excellence
A passion for Porsches drew Ken Napier in from the IT world six years ago, and after initially offering workshop services, his Surrey-based operation recently began selling Porsches as well
Art Of Class
Successfully fitting a brand-new windscreen to your Porsche – in this case a 993-model 911 Carrera – is hardly a DIY task but, even so, it is invaluable to know how it ought to be done, if only so that you can be sure your car will not subsequently suffer the consequences.
Want to see America via the windscreen of a Porsche? Of course you do, and so did Aussie travellers, Stewart and Ross Perry. To live the dream, they bought a Carrera 3.2, sight unseen, and set off for the trip of a lifetime. Not even an engine rebuild halfway was going to stop them and, at the end of the trip, they shipped the Porsche back to Oz.
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For over 20-years now 911 & Porsche World magazine has been the enthusiast's choice for all things Porsche. It's a broad church too, from the humble 924 to the mighty Carrera GT, and in between there's the iconic 911 in all its forms, a car that will soon be celebrating 50 years of production and the inspiration behind our title. Add to that the new breed of Boxsters, Caymans, Cayennes and Panameras, plus the classics and the race cars too, and 911 & Porsche World has got it covered.
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