Friday, April 18, 2014

Brecon beacons road trip

Taking the CSR for a blast across the Cotswolds and the Brecon beacons. Wales has some amazingly smooth and quiet roads, apart from the occasional VW Up!

997 CSR valet

After a few road trips to Wales and wedding duties it was time to give the CSR a proper clean. The RPM boys were kind to lend me their water and hose.

Also in the workshop was the CSRs big brother a very smart 997 GT3 RS in orange. The perfect pair?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New HRE wheels for the CSR

Arrived at the RPM workshop! Brand new HRE P40S wheels have been painted gold and fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tyres. Ready to be fitted to the 911 CSR next week. Rear tyres are 305-30-ZR-19! Massive!



911 3.2 and 968 in the workshop

Both the 911 3.2 and 968 were in the workshop today. The 911 was having a replacement engine fan, after the bearing in the old one had worn out causing it to slip. The 968 was started for the first time in 6 months, dried after the recent heavy rain, then ready for the final bits of race prep.





Monday, December 30, 2013

Both Boxsters sold



The time has come to sell the both the black Boxster 2.7 and the silver Boxster 3.2 S to make way for a new purchase. Please contact me if you are interesting in viewing/test driving either of the cars.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

911 wrapped up for winter

The old 911 has been fully valeted, treated to a brand new stormforce 4-layer cover from Cover-zone to be wrapped up for the winter months at the RPM workshop. Will be returning in the spring! Final pictures of 2013.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Further history of the 968 uncovered

A few days ago I received an email from Dave Penney, one of the previous owners of L274 FTT, who has shared a few more details of the car's history.

Here is a few snippets and I've put more info on the 968 intro page too.

Mr Wright from Northern Ireland was the uncle of Dave Penney, who bought the purple 968 from his uncle in 2010 when some big bills were on the horizon. Dave brought it back to Hertfordshire England and had the seals and gaskets replaced and new universal steering joint, indeed paying some big bills.

Dave enjoyed the car for around a year, doing some track days at Brands Hatch and a roadtrip to Holland. Below are a few of his photos. Dave then sold it to RPM Porsche in 2011, when I then purchased it and started the transformation into the racing car.

Photos courtesy from Dave Penny, taken around 2010/2011.



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Scottish Highlands road trip in the Range Rover

Just completed a very long road trip from Hertfordshire to the Scottish Highlands in the trusty Range Rover. Total of 630 miles, in 9 hours, with 1 tank of fuel and a variety of snacks!

My destination was a private estate in the northern Scottish Highlands, part of which was used for filming of the latest James Bond film Skyfall. The scenery is stunning and I was glad to have the Range Rover for some off-road driving!




Sunday, September 22, 2013

Graphics and decals on the 968 MFR

Its taken a few months and lots of deliberation, but finally we agreed about the design of the graphics and decals for the 968. So here is the finished article thanks to Marc at RPM.

I wanted something that would stand out - it is a racing car after all - so I choose my favourite colour orange. I think it works well against the purple. Clearly the MFR/83 branding had to feature heavily, along with RPM and Pennings sponsor logos. Plenty of room to add more over the comings years.





Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review of RPM 997 CSR at Salon Prive

Slight break from the norm, as I get to test another exciting Porsche.

The RPM guys were kind enough to let me borrow their 997 CSR to take to the Pistonheads meet-up at the recent Salon Prive event in London. It felt a bit more interesting than my Boxster S. (And looked far more appropriate alongside a Carrera GT and a RUF CTR3).

The 997 CSR is basically a 997 Carrera 2 that has then been suitably modified into a custom hot-rod style road and track car that sits somewhere between the standard Carrera and a GT3.

I know lots of websites and magazines (including Pistonheads) have tried and tested it, but here is my verdict on the CSR;


Overall its a very impressive car, especially compared to the standard 997 Carrera. Firstly the noise is fantastic, a proper growling roar, a bit more mechanical, dare I say a bit more like the air-cooled era (pauses for abuse - just my opinion!)

I love the styling. The duck tail and turbo bumper look great. Looks very aggressive next to standard 997. Gold paint and decals are just enough to show it is something different without being OTT. Interior comfort and toys all remain, so usable for long journeys.


RPM 997 CSR alongside RUF CTR3

RPM 997 CSR alongside RUF CTR3

RPM 997 CSR alongside RUF CTR3
Gear changes are quick and very direct. Handling is fantastic, no understeer at all, giving you a lot of confidence to push the car in the bends, knowing the nose will turn in. I got no where near the limit, partly due to the car being on R888 that day and it was raining! Possibly R888 are too much of a widow maker for every day use, or my driving isn't good enough!

I found the suspension setup a bit too harsh for the road, bouncing along the M25 became a bit tiring. For track it would be great, but if I was using this as a road car I would soften the setup a bit.

So after driving it for a day I was left smiling! Probably more comparable to a 996 GT3 than a 997 GT3. I am quite tempted to do my own. I'd probably do a 996 instead of 997 (due to budget) then the exhaust, suspension and styling would do nicely for me.

Carrera GT at Salon Prive

Full details of the 997 CSR on the RPM website

Saturday, August 17, 2013

911 3.2 appears at Classics At The Castle

Just had confirmed that my 911 3.2 will be appearing at Porsche Classics At The Castle. The event, taking place on 8th September, is celebrating 50 years of the 911 and will see a broad selection of 911's from the 1960's through to the modern day.

Porsche Classics At The Castle

I am very excited that my 911 3.2 will feature in the Parade Paddock and also take place in the main Parade of rare and special 911's.  Whilst my car might not be as special as the various RS, Turbo and GT cars, it will still be a joy to drive it for all to see.




Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cars appear in new Porsche book

Following the photoshoot with John Rampton from VROOMPHOTO back in January, John has now published his first Porsche Photography Project book. And my cars feature in it!


Here is a link to preview the book. My cars are on pages 10, 11 and 38
http://www.blurb.co.uk/books/4296214-porsche-photography-project

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Boxster S features in new TV show

A slightly last minute request, as these things often are, from Darren at RPM saying that ITV are filming a new car show and could they borrow my Boxster S? Well of course!

The new show called "I want that car" will broadcast later in the year and aims to find prospective buyers the perfect car, hosted by Mat Watson and Rebecca Jackson.

When I volunteered my car I didn't quite realise that I would be driving whilst the filming was taking place, not only in my Boxster but in a 911-Turbo too! I didn't object too much.


The end result of the day's filming was this trailer.. if you look closely you will spot me in a few shots.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

24 Heures du Mans 2013

A slight departure from usual proceedings, but I have to write about my incredible trip to the 24 Hour race at Le Mans.

Only a week after my road trip to Spa, I was invited as a special guest of Itec to attend this fantastic weekend of racing. Itec were sponsoring one of the Ferrari cars, team FF Corse driven by Jacques Duyver & Charlie Hollings, so had a number of hospitality passes available.

Whilst I am a Porsche man at heart, I was happy to support the Ferrari race team for just this weekend. However, it was also great to see the 911 GT3 performing so well on track.

Highlights of the trip including being able to watch part of the 24 hour race from the Ferrari pit garage, seeing the race at night, grandstand seating, the fantastic Ferrari hospitality and the atmosphere at the end of the race. Here are a selection of photos: