Just the other day, as my mind rambled across random automotive topics as it is wont to do, I wondered if Porsche would ever be silly enough to re-invent the 912. Despite the sad reality that Porsche’s unpopular previous attempt at a four cylinder 911 is rising in value in today’s collectors market, the idea of a four pot 911 was poorly received the first time around.
As auto manufacturers work to improve overall fuel economy for their fleets, many are looking to smaller displacement engines, boosted by light pressure turbo chargers, to provide performance alongside economy. Porsche is not immune to this phenomenon it seems.
As recently as April, Road & Track reported that Porsche has been experimenting with flat four engines that had been installed in 991 and 981/Boxster/Cayman mules, but that the engines would not end up in a production version of the 911.
The HSR folks posted this on YouTube about a month ago, and I somehow missed it. 24 Hours of Daytona winner Jim Pace narrates as Jochen Mass hauls butt around Daytona in the rain, aboard a classic Porsche 911 from the IROC series. You couldn’t have a pair of better instructors than these two.
They say that BMW drivers are assholes, but this Porsche Cayman driver near the South African town of Witkoppen was caught on camera proving that you don’t have to be driving a Bimmer to succumb to road rage.
YouTuber Andre Snyman posted this video, with the hopes of sending this guy viral. Let’s hope the local police are paying attention.
“we witnessed an assault on witkoppen this afternoon.
A porsche was driving recklessly down witkoppen road towards four ways from sunning hill.
at one of the traffic lights the passenger of the porsche threw something out of the window at the car behind them.
when the driver of the targeted vehicle hooted ( and probably flipped him the bird and rightly so )
the porsche then proceeded to swerve in and out in front of the other car until coming to a stop at the next robot where the the passenger of the porsche got out of the vehicle and started to kick and bash the other car door and side mirror
I recorded most of the event except where the thug repeatedly punched the other driver in the face.
we stopped and helped the other driver find his keys and calm down. Also called 10111 to report suspected drunk/reckless driving and assault on witkoppen road. to which they replied “report it at the police station”. what the hell does that do for other innocent drivers in the path of these troglodytes?
this sort of disgusting behaviour should be dealt with severely.
the registration of the vehicle: Cc24msgp”
At this year’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, legendary Porsche photographer, videographer and racer, Jeff Zwart struggled with a failing fuel pump, which prevented his GT3 from pushing to its full potential.
As part of the lead up to next week’s new season, our friends at /DRIVE have posted a helmet cam video to provide Zwart’s POV during the attempt. Up past Devil’s Playground, the fuel pump problem got worse, which makes the video kinda hard to watch as Zwart’s head jerks back and forth.
Keen eyed viewers may notice a big, green blob on Zwart’s left at the 8:37 mark. That is your’s truly, getting the photo you see above.
After a great qualifying run earlier this morning, Scott Hargrove drove the #69 Open Road Porsche to a victory in today’s action packed Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race in Toronto. In fact, Hargrove had some challenges of his own along the way.
The green flag dropped under the threat of rain, and the track got gradually more slick as the race went on. Rival Chris Green led the first part of the race, before spinning, which allowed Hargrove to take over the lead. All was not smooth sailing, as the Open Road machine spun in turn 9 around the mid point of the race, allowing Spencer Pigot to take over the first spot.
I may have grown up around one of the earliest 911s in existence, but the first time I got behind the wheel of a Porsche, any Porsche, was when I was 19. It was a sinister black 1985 911 Turbo that was less than a year old. This was the car that struck fear into the hearts of Buick Grand National owners. One of the first cars to touch the 4 second zero to sixty. It was black on black, with the requisite fat fenders and whale tail. Every bit as extravagant as the decade it was born into.
That black beast spent a weekend with a buddy and I, a debauched weekend filled with sex, drugs, booze and stop light battles. It was the first time that I had seen the high side of 160 MPH. A chance meeting with an equally sinister looking black Buick on an empty street in Hamilton on Sunday morning gave me the opportunity to see if Zuffenhausen’s weapon could slay the quickest America had to offer. The Porker did not let me down.
It was not until the drive home that I learned that the borrowed car was not exactly borrowed, rather it had been liberated for the weekend. I shudder to think how different my life would be if I had been pulled over at nearly triple the double nickle in the unlawfully obtained turbo. Needless to say, that machine solidified the Porsche brand’s mystique in my young brain.
The latest episode of driver/car feature videos from VARAC focuses on my good friend Emily Atkins and her brother Andrew as they share stories about how they got involved in racing. The partners in Big Brother Little Sister Racing also talk about their machines, a wicked Mustang and a classic Porsche 911.
The highlight for me is the recreation of the classic 911 racing pose, with one front wheel in the air as Emily attacks Mosport’s iconic turn 5.
In some enthusiasts minds, mine included, vintage auto racing is the best form of motorsport. The people involved are laid back and are there to enjoy themselves. The cars are special, but not always in the way one might think. Sure, there are often multi-million dollar, irreplaceable machines, but many are every day cars that are prepared for racing the way they would have been “back in the day”. The focus is on fun and keeping the old cars alive and giving car geeks a chance to see the old machines in action.
The folks at the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada are working to expand the fan base for the sport by exposing internet users to the action in the form of racer profiles. The first episode from the series features Gary Allen and his lovely 1982 Porsche 911 SC. Allen competes in the popular G70+ class which provides a place for cars from the 70’s and 80’s to race and the grids tend to be more than a little bit exciting.
There are lots of things in life to make one feel old. Most of these things really don’t bother me all that much, because I still feel (and sometimes behave) like a teenager. Hell, sometimes my teenagers behave older than I do. The one thing that does make me feel old is when I see cars from the Eighties or worse, the Nineties, included in vintage racing events. Hell, these are cars I cheered for or even crewed for. There is no way they could possibly be considered vintage! Then again, maybe I am old.
The folks at Gunnar Racing have put together some visuals of some of their incredible cars in action at The Mitty last weekend. The event is held at Road Atlanta by our friends at Classic Motorsports and has become an annual highlight of the vintage racing community’s calendar.
The big shooter in Gunnar’s paddock, for me anyway, is the Lowenbrau liveried Porsche 962 that was originally campaigned in IMSA in 1984. I remember the car well, but what makes me feel old is that I was much more excited by the factory Rothman’s sponsored 956s that came before it. I still can’t bear to think of these monsters as vintage racers, but it is great that there are people out there who have the resources and inclination to keep history like this alive for younger generations to experience.