Philip Raby Porsche

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Recent Porsche blog posts 

Should you buy a written-off Porsche?

Can’t afford the Porsche of your dreams? Well, with a bit of creative thinking, perhaps you can. How? By buying a damaged-repaired car – what is classified in the UK as a Cat C or D vehicle. Typically, such a car is worth as much as 35 percent less than list, once repaired. The other side of the argument, though, is that such write-offs should be avoided at all costs. As is often the case, though, there’s a lot of misinformation going around about written-off Porsches, so let’s put the record straight. Put simply, such a car has been damaged […]

Porsches win What Car? awards

We know that Porsches are great cars but it’s good to get confirmation. In the recent What Car? awards, Porsche did particularly well. The new 718 Cayman was named Best Sports Car, with the judges saying: “…with balletic handling and wonderfully accurate steering, it is the perfect recipe for having fun on the road. Put simply, the Cayman will make you want to get up early for a blast on a country road, plus it won’t get fractious on long motorway drives. The Porsche is cracking value for money.” In addition, the new Porsche 911 Carrera PDK scooped first place […]

Porsche 991 GTS

Porsche is expanding the 911 product line with new GTS models. From March 2017, a total of five variants will join the range: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive – both of the above available as a Coupé and Cabriolet – and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. Newly-developed turbochargers for the 3.0-litre flat six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine increase power to 450 hp (331 kW). The engine delivers 30 hp (22 kW) more than the 911 Carrera S and 20 hp (15 kW) more than the corresponding prior GTS model […]

Collecting my first Porsche 964 from Germany, back in 2002

I’ve just received a lovely email from a long-term reader, who said he remembers well a piece I wrote in 2002 for 911 & Porsche World magazine. It was about me travelling to Germany to buy a Porsche 964 Carrera 4 for myself. It was nice to be reminded of it, as it was a thoroughly exciting trip (in more ways than one!). Here’s the text of the article – bear in mind it was written 15 years ago (where has the time gone?) so prices and attitudes have changed. There’s something strangely addictive about 911 ownership. Colleagues have long […]

Taking a Porsche 997 back to my roots

I had a strange coincidence the other day. Someone on a Porsche Facebook page was asking for a Porsche 996 umbrella – one of those that fits in the slot in the passenger-side door sill. I replied, saying I had one and would happily give it to the person in exchange for a donation to the RNLI. My grandfather and great grandfather were lifeboatmen for Barrow Lifeboat, based on Roa Island, where my family lived for many years. And the strange thing was, the person I was giving the umbrella to, his family were also lifeboatmen who lived on Roa […]

Using an older Porsche as an everyday car

I often get people asking me if they can use an older Porsche as an everyday car. Before answering yes or no, I chat with the person to see how they will be using the Porsche and what their expectations are. If you’re used to a typical modern car, such as a VW Golf, then you’ll have been spoiled with power-assisted just about everything – steering, brakes, clutch – plus easy gearshifts, lots of safety equipment (airbags, ABS, traction control) and comforts such as climate control and sat-nav. It can, then, be a shock to leave all that behind and […]

Win a Porsche 911 engine for Christmas!

Here’s the ideal gift for the Porsche enthusiast at Christmas. The Porsche 911 Flat-Six Boxer Engine Set lets you build a fully-functional 1:4 model of a 1996 911 engine. The detailed replica features more than 280 components and has a transparent casing so that the moving parts can be seen when the battery-powered engine is switched on. It also features sounds so you get the full effect when it’s running. The Porsche 911 Flat-Six Boxer Engine is a great introduction for older children and motoring fans to the inner workings of such an iconic car engine. It includes a detailed […]

Porsche 356 Speedster sells for a record $605,000

A Porsche 356 Speedster has sold for auction in the USA for a record $605,000 – that’s around £480,000 and about three times the predicted sale price. The rare 1957 Porsche is claimed to be in very original condition, after being carefully stored since 1975.It’s a bit strange that it wasn’t cleaned before sale, as I am sure the metallic blue paintwork could be made to gleam with a bit of effort. Watch the video below to see the car being revealed. It’s a sure sign that classic Porsche prices are remaining firm and, indeed, going up in value. If […]

Porscheness – what makes a Porsche feel like a Porsche?

I’ve spent the last few days behind the wheel of a Porsche 964; a model of 911 I have always loved. And, increasingly, other people love the Porsche 964, too, and it has become firmly established as one of the great classic Porsche 911s. However, back in the early 1990s, Porsche’s then-new Technical Director, Ulrich Bez, wasn’t impressed. Thankfully, he appreciated the strength of the 911’s brand and persuaded his fellow board members not to drop the model in favour of an all-new car – an option which was on the cards. Instead, it was decided to carry the 911 […]

How to use climate control

Since the advent of the Porsche 996 in the late 1990s, modern Porsches have had climate control. However, even today, many people don’t understand how to use it properly. There’s a clue in the name – climate control. The system controls the temperature in the car for you. Sensors measure the cabin air and adjust the heat, fans and air-conditioning to ensure that you are comfortably cosseted. I set my climate control to 20 degrees Celsius and that’s comfortable for me, although some people will want it slightly higher or lower, but somewhere around that ballpark figure is good. The […]

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