Issue 88 of Total 911 out now!
It’s fair to say that I’ve never covered quite so much distance in such a short space of time this month: 2,324 miles over six days, to be precise. The last time I did road trip of similar mileage was over ten days up the East coast of America. That was in a BMW 550 Gran Turismo driving on straight, flat, multiple lane highways – very uneventful and very boring, the same of which could be said for the car, actually. In fact, the only highlights were the GT’s cool box, and that I could legally overtake on both the left and right. This time, however, was different. I was in a Porsche 997 Turbo, and UK motorways and French Autoroutes aside, I was driving on routes legendary among motoring journalists for being the best on the planet: from the narrow, winding roads that carve through the Gorges du Verdon, to the more challenging, fast, sweeping and open sections of La Route Napoléon, and the extremely technical, infamous Col du Turini. Rallye Privé was carefully planned for its attendees to fully appreciate the performance and ability of their 911, and the 997 Turbo delivered. It was the best homage to the car we could have ever made, and I hope, with the (supposed) onset of summer, it inspires you to get behind the wheel, take on the open roads and rediscover what spirited driving feels like. What better way to explore that great sensory feeling than with a car built for it?
- Turbo Targa Flatnose
Is the flatnose and Targa roof a winning combination?
- 2.7 RS Replica
How two Porsche enthusiasts chose custom-made – the hard way
- RPM Technik
Meet the guys behind the Hertfordshire-based independent Porsche dealership
- Ferdinand Porsche
We take a look at the story behind the life of the man who helped make Porsche what it is today
- Bulldog Rally
Your guide to the participants in this great British rally
- British GT GTR3
An inside look at Motorbase Performance’s preparations for the upcoming season
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