Philip Raby Porsche

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My Porsche week

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Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 video buyers’ guide

I recently had a visit from Jack, who runs the YouTube channel Number27. Jack’s previously done several video reviews on cars we’ve had in stock but this time he wanted to do something different; a buyers’ guide, with me giving advice on camera. The car he picked out was a lovely Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 and the two of us went around the car, and I pointed out areas to look out for. It was a learning curve for both of us, but we’re pleased with the result. More to follow!

Do you really want a Porsche barn find?

While barn finds may be few and far between, Philip Raby does rescue the odd Porsche that’s been sitting unloved in a garage. However, there are some that just aren’t worth getting involved with I tend to take reports of ‘barn finds’ with a pinch of salt, especially after hearing about a magazine faking a photoshoot of an abandoned Porsche, adding hay bales and detritus to the images to give the impression that the hapless car really had been uncovered in a farmer’s barn. It hadn’t. Let’s face it, most people are going to store cars in garages rather than […]

Porsche Boxster Spyder RS60

  I’ve just had a call from someone asking if a Porsche Boxster Spyder RS60 would be a good used buy. Based on the Boxster S of its day, the 2008 limited edition Spyder RS60 echoed the style of the Porsche 718 RS60 Spyder racecar from 1960. Visually, it was distinguished by a unique front spoiler, 19-inch SportDesign wheels, GT Silver Metallic paintwork, and a red or black hood. Inside, the RS60 had Carrera Red leather (or Dark Grey with the black roof) with a unique texture on the seat centres, door linings, steering wheel and handbrake lever, plus ‘RS60’ sill […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Porsche’s previous owner has been in touch

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a message from a previous owner of this Porsche 911 that we are selling. He’d spotted an advert for the car while browsing the internet. It’s rare to hear from past owners of Porsches but when I do, they invariably have fond memories of the car. This person, who had the Porsche in the early 2000s, was no exception: “It was a super-reliable Porsche and surprisingly economical. We have very happy memories of touring holidays in France. I have a photo of my son stood in front of it by the Loire.” The Porsche […]

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 […]

Filming a Porsche 993 Carrera S

My 15 year old son, Jonny, wants to be film-maker when he finishes in education and he’s showing great promise already. At the weekend, he came out with me into the South Downs to film this Porsche 993 Carrera S that we have in stock. Armed with a DSLR camera and his DJI Phantom 3 drone, he was in control of the shoot, while I was charged with the tough job of driving the Porsche. Not a bad way for a father and son to spend an afternoon! He then spent the evening in front of his Mac editing the […]

GT Porsche magazine, April 2016

I was delighted to receive the latest (April 2016) issue of GT Porsche magazine with one of my features on the front cover. Last month, editor Simon Jackson, photographer Gus Gregory and I braved Hayling Island on a cold but sunny winter’s day for a photoshoot featuring a 1985 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera and a brand-new 991.2 Carrera – both finished in glorious Guards Red. They looked great with the Solent and the Isle of Wight behind. The aim was to see just how the Porsche 911 has evolved over the last 30 years and to get acquainted with the […]

Why the Porsche Cayman is so good

We’ve had several Porsche Caymans in stock recently and it’s been great getting reacquainted with such a great car. The Cayman was introduced in 2006 and was essentially a Boxster with a fixed roof and hatchback. However, to describe it like that would be to do the Cayman an injustice. The stiffer bodyshell created by the steel roof meant that Porsche could endow the coupe with stiffer suspension settings to make the Cayman a better-handling car. It was initially offered in two guises. First on the market was the S which was powered by a mid-mounted 3.4-litre, flat-six boxer engine […]

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