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GT Porsche magazine, August 2014

The August 2014 issue of GT Porsche has just landed with a thud through the letterbox and I am delighted to see that that a Porsche 964 that I sold is on the front cover. Oddly, the car was bright red when I sold it but it’s now silver – and looks all the better for it. The car was photographed to accompany a story I wrote to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Porsche 964 – a car whose fortunes have changed over the years more than those of any other 911. The launch of the 964 also heralded […]

GT Porsche July 2014

The new issue of GT Porsche magazine is on sale now and what a cracking read it is. And I’m not just saying that because it has two of my features on the cover – a Boxster buyers’ guide and a 997 Speedster and 991 Turbo back to back. It really is packed full of great articles. First drives of the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS got my mouth watering. These latest generation cars are superb in standard guise and I’m a big fan of the 997 GTS so, for me, these have to be winning combinations. The review of […]

GT Porsche magazine – June 2014

I’ve just received the June 2014 issue of GT Porsche magazine and, as ever, it’s a good one. An article on why an early Porsche 997 Carrera is a great car is one that could have been written my me, so close are its sentiments to my own. I’ve long argued that the 3.6-litre 997 is an underrated gem, with a sweet engine and a great (non PASM) suspension set-up. By coincidence, I had a call from someone yesterday who was about to buy such a car for just £20,000 from a private seller. That just shows what good value […]

911 & Porsche World – the early years

I’ve just been browsing through some very early issues of 911 & Porsche World magazine, bringing back some happy memories. Sadly, I don’t have issue one but here are some images of the second issues, published in autumn 1990 (the magazine came out just four times a year back then). I’ve always been a magazine junkie and, whenever I had a new interest, the first thing I’d do was seek out a magazine devoted to that. And so it was when I began to take a serious interest in Porsches I browsed the newsagents for a suitable magazine. My timing […]

Lots of Porsche action in the May 2014 issue of GT Porsche

The May 2014 issue of GT Porsche magazine is now on sale and, as always, has a great selection of classic and modern Porsches featured within its 164 pages. Of particular interest to me, was the piece on the 911 50th Edition (I’ve always been fascinated by special edition Porsches), a modified 997 Turbo (always a favourite of mine) and a beautifully photographed 550 Spyder. From yours truly, there’s an overview of classic 911 Targa prices, a look at what Porsches you can buy for £50,000, and some man-maths explaining why you should buy a Porsche in preference to flying.

Porsche 968 Club Sport in Classic Cars magazine

A couple of months back, I spent a very wet day at Chobham circuit with the crew from Classic Cars magazine. They asked me to let them use a Porsche 968 Club Sport that we had in stock, for a feature on undervalued classics to invest in during 2014. The article, written by ex-Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson, is in the May 2014 issue, and I’m pleased to say that the 968 Club Sport is crowned the winner by Mr Wilson. It’s just a shame he refers to it as a ‘Porker’. 🙂 We’ve now sold that particular 968 Club […]

Early Porsche 911s in Octane magazine

The May 2014 issue of Octane magazine has a major feature on pre-1973 Porsche 911s, running over 12 pages. It includes a drive of a 1964 Porsche 911, plus an overview of all pre -1973 models written by me. With classic Porsche 911 prices soaring, there’s strong interest in these pre-1973 models, so this article is very timely.  

GT Porsche magazine is bigger than ever

The new issue of GT Porsche magazine has just landed on my desk with a thud – all 164 pages of it, which makes it the UK’s largest Porsche magazine. There’s lots of good stuff packed into it, including a first drive of the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid , plus a rundown of the previous Porsche hypercars; the 959, GT1 and Carrera GT. A back to back of the Gen2 997 GT3 and GT3 RS caught my attention, too.  While a piece on Tony Hatter, the designer of the 993, is interesting. There are also a number of features written […]

Remember Fast Lane magazine?

A chance comment on Twitter this morning reminded me of a magazine I enjoyed in my youth. I’ve always been a magazine junkie, with my car interest beginning with Street Machine (by coincidence, I later worked for the editor, after he launched a Porsche magazine), and then Sports Car Mechanics (I later worked with the editor of that too!). However, I always liked the clean stylish design and upmarket feel of Fast Lane. A quick Google search uncovered these scans of issue one. from 1984, which featured a Porsche 911 on the cover. Sadly, the Porsche feature isn’t included (maybe […]

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