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Ian Raby – racing driver

Someone popped in this morning asking if I was related to Ian Raby. I’m not but he do know he was a racing driver in the 1950s and 1960s. Ian Raby was born in Woolwich and became a car dealer in Brighton. He began racing in 500cc Formula 3 in the 1950s, initially with a self-built car he called ‘Puddle Jumper’ (because of its low ground-clearance), and later in Coopers. He then switched to sportscars for a while and drove with Jack Brabham in the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hour race before returning to single-seater racing. At the start of […]

Porsche emojis for iOS10’s iMessages

Apple has just updated its mobile operating system to iOS10, which introduces lots of great new features and functions to your iPhone and iPad. One new feature is the ability to add ‘stickers’ to messages sent via iMessage. The system comes with a few stickers included and you can then add others from third parties. I was particularly taken with a set of Porsche emojis supplied by Automoji. They feature no less than 52 stylised front-end images of Porsches. It’s an eclectic mix of cars, including every Porsche Le Mans winner, a 924 Turbo, and even a 914, including a […]

Porsches have got cheaper over the years

Take a look at this Fact File page from a 1990 issue of 911 & Porsche World magazine. Back then, Porsche offered just three model ranges – the 944, 911 (in 964 guise) and 928. Today, there are six, which many more options within each range. What is more striking, though, are the prices of the cars. The entry-level model was the 944 and that starts at £34,641.55, which according to this calculator equates to almost £78,000 in today’s money. Compare that to a 2016 718 Cayman, the current entry-level Porsche, which comes in at under £40,000. A veritable bargain. […]

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