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Just arrived: Porsche 997 Turbo with 600bhp Cargraphic conversion

This is exciting. It’s a Porsche 997 Turbo that has been breathed on by renowned Porsche specialist Parr Motorsport. It’s had a Cargraphic engine conversion installed that has boasted power to over 600bhp. I’ve only driven it briefly but, believe me, it’s fast! The Porsche also has one of the highest specifications of any 997 Turbo I’ve seen, with over £17,000 of options added when the car was new. It’s simply beautiful! For more information please click here.

Apple iMac G3 – the classic Porsche 911 of computers

In a change from pulling Porsches to pieces, I’ve just stripped down an old Apple iMac G3 – remember the original translucent design? It was a beautifully over-engineered piece of equipment with plenty of easily (once I knew where to look) cross-head screws that made disassembly a doodle. It reminded me of an older Porsche 911, something like a 964, which is also held together with proper screws rather than annoying plastic clips. Also, like the 911, it’s a design classic. I reckon the old G3 iMac is a future antique, which is why I’m keeping mine tucked up in […]

Porsche inspections throughout the UK

It’s a sensible idea to have a Porsche inspected by an expert before buying. Not only will they pick up any faults or problems with the car, they’ll also view it subjectively – when buying a Porsche it’s all too easy for the rose-tinted spectacles to kick in and you can end up making an impulse buy. An independent inspection will help you to be rational about your purchase. I’ve long offered inspections around my local area of southern England but often get enquiries from people in other parts of the UK. That’s why I’ve now teamed up with a […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S – the front end

The other day, I posted a rear shot of a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S and suggested it was one of the best looking rears of any 911. The response (in various places) was mostly positive but one or two were less sure about the full-width rear reflector (I love it!). But does the 996 Carrera 4S work from other angles? Here are a couple of more photos I’ve dug out from the archives. Do leave your comments below.  

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S

I’ve just been searching through some of my old photos and stumbled upon this image of a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S. To me, it remains one of the best looking 911s ever when viewed from the rear. What do you reckon?

Porsche 996 and 997 radiator corrosion

Here’s a well-known 996 and 997 problem I spotted in the workshop last night. The front-mounted radiators and air-conditioning condensers get bunged up with leaves and other debris which holds dampness and, in turn, leads to corrosion of the radiators. And when that happens, replacement isn’t cheap. If your 996’s air-conditioning fails, there’s a good chance this is where the problem will lie. You can avoid the problem happening by checking the radiators from time to time and clearing out any debris. Also, various companies now offer protective grilles that stop leaves from getting in there in the first place. […]

White Porsches are cool again

Have you noticed that white cars are back in fashion? And it’s usually sporty models that come in this shade. I remember white being the in-colour back in the 1980s – I think the Golf GTi started the trend with its cool white paintwork with red accents. Indeed, I owned a white Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi in the same style, complete with bright red seat belts and carpets. It looks the business! Then, all of a sudden, white cars went completely out of fashion, to the extent that dealers avoided them at all costs. I remember white 911s actually being […]

Steve Jobs

The world would be a very different place if Steve Jobs hadn’t done all he did. Without the Macintosh computer, for instance, the desktop publishing revolution may never have happened. However, this speech goes beyond technology and shows Jobs as a truly inspirational person. I urge you to spend 15 minutes watching it, then be inspired by it.

Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8RS featured in magazine

The unique Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8RS I have is featured over six pages in this month’s Total 911 magazine. Check out the issue to read the full article; in the meantime here’s a taster of the lead spread showing the stunning photography by Alisdair Cusick. We shot the Porsche in a disused warehouse, complete with abandoned Jaguars, and the bright-red 911 really stands out. Click here for more information on this Porsche.

Interior of the new Porsche 911 – video

  Here’s an interesting video about the interior of the new Porsche 911, shot at the Frankfurt motorshow. It clearly shows how the Porsche 911 cockpit has been radically redesigned for the 991. First impressions are good – it looks a great place to be. Sporty but also comfortable and cossetting. Porsche is making much of the fact that the 991 cockpit is of better quality than the out-going 997; comparing it to the class-leading Panamera interior. That’s undoubtedly good news, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that the 997 cabin (below) isn’t good. I was driving this early […]

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