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Christophorus celebrates 50 years of the Porsche 911

I’ve just been flicking through the latest copy of Christophorus, Porsche’s own loyalty magazine. the issue is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 and, as such, contains some stunning images of 911s old and new. Sadly, as ever, the text is translated from German and doesn’t make for a great read but it’s worth having just for the photos. Of particular note is a foldout illustrating 50 different Porsche 911s. Apparently, a poster version of this will be available at the Porsche museum from March.

Porsche 997 buyers’ guide in GT Porsche magazine

The new issue of GT Porsche magazine has just dropped through my letterbox and I’m pleased to see it contains two of my pieces. First off is  Porsche 997 buyers’ guide, which features on the cover. The 997 has been Porsche’s most successful model and makes a great used buy. Second, is the first of a new series called The Marketplace, where I pick a particular Porsche and consider whats happening to values, kicking off this month with the mighty 996 GT2. A quick flick through shows some other articles which I’m looking forward to reading over a cup of […]

Bruce Anderson

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Bruce Anderson after a long illness. Bruce was well-known in the USA and beyond for his Porsche writing and technical expertise and he was a regular contributor to the American Porsche magazine, Excellence. He also wrote a number of Porsche books, including the popular Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, and was technical advisor to Porsche Club North America. Bruce’s strength as a writer was that he’d had hands-on experience with 911 engines, after running his own Porsche service business for many years. Sadly, I never met him but we communicated via […]

50 years of the Porsche 911

Porsche has just released a beautiful set of photos to celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911, and here they are, followed by a copy of the press release to kick off 50 years of the Porsche 911:   Porsche’s press release: For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September […]

A Carrara White Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche does some confusing things sometimes. Once upon a time, if you choose a white Porsche the colour (yes, I know white isn’t strictly a colour) would be called Glacier White, which is easy to understand. Now, though, the white paint is called Carrara White, which looks like a misspelling of that famous Porsche badge Carrera. However, it’s actually named after a type of white Italian marble which comes from the town of Carrara. The Carrera name, on the other hand, comes from the Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico, which Porsche had some success in back in the 1950s. […]

Does it matter how many miles a Porsche 993 has done?

I like Porsche 993 owners, but I can’t understand why they are so obsessed with mileage. After all, the 993 has the best engine of all 911s – the culmination of 30 years of air-cooled development. Yet, more than any other 911 purchasers, they’ll happily pay over the odds for a 993 with a low number on the odometer. It’s silly really; you can pick up a nice 100,000-mile Porsche 993 for around 20,000, while one with less than half that mileage could be £10,000 more. I’m not saying that mileage shouldn’t be a consideration when buying a used Porsche, […]

What’s wrong with the Porsche 996?

I’ve just finished writing a feature for GT Porsche on the Porsche 996. The first of the watercooled Porsche 911s, much has been written about the 996 in the past but, sadly, a lot of it has been negative. What I’ve done, is taken a fresh positive approach to the Porsche 996 and argued that, actually, it’s a very good 911. I’m not going to give away the whole story, you’ll need to wait for the magazine to come out for that, but I really do like the 996 and believe it deserves more respect in the Porsche world. Find […]