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CAR: Bristol, UK
Model #1999-Porsche-911-Carrera-4-996.1 / #1999 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-4-996.1 / #Porsche-911-996.1 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-4-996 / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche
Acquired FEBRUARY 2014
My time with this 911 is drawing to a close, so this will be my last Living the Legend article. I have owned my car for five-and-a- half years, put over 30,000 miles on it and had a great time, but for now this chapter will be closing as I will be selling the car and looking for a replacement.
During my years of ownership there have been plenty of highs and lows, but luckily many more highs! Picking up a car is always exciting, and picking up my 911 was no exception. I won’t lie though, in the first few weeks of ownership the car spent more time back at the independent dealer than with me. I did go through the ‘what have I done’ phase, but all issues were resolved and I took the opportunity to get the IMS replaced while the engine was out, so after that point things started looking up. Soon after buying the car and a few email exchanges later my first column for Total 911 was submitted, starting a long relationship with the magazine and introducing me to a great group of people.
Something I had never experienced before with a car was the whole lifestyle experience. As with all the guys at Total 911, joining both Porsche GB and TIPEC resulted in a new group of friends with a shared passion, events to go to and drives to enjoy. This is probably the most significant takeaway for my five years of ownership – great friends and memories. Special thanks to Lee Sibley, firstly, for letting me write for the magazine, but more importantly introducing me to the B4391 – probably one of the best roads I have driven. There are plenty more good roads out there, but I think this sticks in my mind as that weekend was one of my first road trips where it was all about the cars.
My 996 has had a lot of work over the years. Three events stick out: the first was when a Porsche health check flagged that my rear boxes needed replacing – an opportunity for a stainless system. The mild sport unit from Top Gear was ordered, a fraction of the cost of the main dealer, but it sounded so much better. The second key event was arriving to work in a cloud of steam when my water pump failed. Recovery was required, but after a pump, thermostat, new header tank and a boroscope the car was back in full health.
My final high was getting the car’s geometry sorted. The guys at Center Gravity did a fantastic job. The end result is a car that drives better, corners far more confidently and seems to cover ground with ease. The next step is to sell the car and start the search for a replacement. Porsche do feature on my list, so I may see you again in the pages of Total 911 in the future.
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