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  1. @TwoHeadsTas I've been offline for swamped with work. Just looping back to say thanks for all your tips. It's been awhile ago now but in summary I can report that it was an awesome trip. Only exception being 5m swells across Bass Strait there and back which was not pleasant. I had visions of the turbo being battered against the ship hull and other cars Nothing of the sort of course. Took route from Devonport to L'ton for brekky and then via Newstead across to Derby which was an awesome drive through to St.Helens with the exception of some very narrow sections over the very top for about 5-10k's. East Coast drive down through Bicheno and Swansea to Orford was effortless and most of the fun was to be had between that section to Port Sorell. I really opened her up and not a Mr.Plod in sight all the way to Hobart. Lots of fun ! Founders Night whisky trail at Glass House was sensational with Bill Lark, Pat McGuire - Sullivans Cove as well as Overeem and Hellyers. All top class. Next night we did it all over again but extended to a bunch of new Gin distillers as well which seems to be the latest craze. Sensational product and all put together really well. Highly recommend ! Gotta love Tassie ! ... will do West Coast drive next time.
  2. Thanks all ... @TwoHeadsTas for the detailed response. Looking forward to it. Actually heading over with a mate for the Tas Whisky Trail around Hobart with a detour to East coast along the way to check in on the oldies and eat some of the best oysters you can get. Nothing like Tassie for amazing high quality tucker and will get to sample some great drops of the amber gold as well !
  3. Thx @TwoHeadsTas I appreciate the guidance. I had not even thought of the Campbell Town / Lake Leake highway. I will actually be heading to St.Helens ( folks are retired at Binalong Bay 10k's from St.H ) via Devonport after arriving on the ferry. So, heading to Campbell Town first means that I will take a bit of a longer route by-passing the turn off at Conara as you know which would take me through Avoca and Fingal, St.Mary's etc. My perception of the Lake Leake road was that it was possibly going to be a very bumpy ride in the Turbo which has little clearance but if you rate it highly I may change my mind.
  4. To all you Taswegians and Targa-Tas fans that have done the road trip between Launceston - Scottsdale - Derby - St.Helens in recent times can you please let me know your thoughts on " GTS moments " or fun factor on taking that route as opposed to the faster route (Midland or National Hwy 1 to Hobart ) and turn-off at Conara junction and via St.Mary's pass ? I have done the latter route from L'ton airport to St.Helens numerous times so I know that road well and know what to expect. I know that the via Scottsdale route is a bit longer and has alot more twists and turns but not sure whether the section from Derby to St.Helens is so windy with log trucks etc that it becomes annoying as opposed to a fun enjoyable drive in the P. Any feedback would be great. thanks
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    1989 Cab in Cairns

    LOL - Yes exactly what I was thinking when I saw the ad. I was wondering whether this was the deluxe Cairns pimp mobile and that was a trophy leftover from when the cab roof couldn't get up and needed a little blue pill for encouragement The other part of the sales spiel that didn't quite add up was this bit ... ie. .I am approaching 72 years of age and its your turn to look after this beauty...I have never driven it in the Rain, not even a dirt road.. So I am wondering if the P somehow got beamed into that paddock in one of the photos by Scotty on the Starship Enterprise without touching a " dirt road " Anyway all a bit of fun on a cold Melbourne night with a nice glass of red or 3 ! ..... On a serious note any ideas where you could get the closest quality PPI done for a car in Cairns ?
  6. Check this out. Very nice looking Cab. Aust delivered and 89 being one of the more sought after models. At this price wondering why it hasn’t sold. Anybody local on the forum who knows the car ? https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Porsche-911-Carrera-1989/SSE-AD-5023130
  7. Anybody know anything about this 1977 911 SC thats been restored in Melbourne ? Looks like a pretty good job. Hard to price FMV though assuming PPI checks out well. https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Porsche-911-1977/SSE-AD-5497665 Any thoughts ?
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    Nurburgring lap record smashed

    It is an insanely fast time. I did 10 laps of the " green hell " a few weeks ago. It was more challenging than I ever imagined and an amazing buzz at the same time. It was P city ... GT3's galore at the track day I did. Interestingly, a local instructor I had for the first few laps I did told me that in his opinion a Cayman S that has been modified craps all over many of the 911's on the Ring due to it's handling advantages. He may have been just a little biased given he has a business that modifies Cayman's ! I drove a Renualt Meganne RS which was fine for me given my ability and first time on the Ring although I felt incredibly slow given the number of cars that passed me and times when I had cars hard up my arse and trying to hold a line so that nobody connected with me. Having done it once now, next time I will definitely outlay the additional euros to take a P onto the track. Watching the 919 and the previous record with the GT2RS just leaves me with a totally new level of respect and being gobsmacked at both the capabilities of the vehicles as well as the skill of the respective drivers.
  9. Very interesting. I can imagine that the Turbo would provide alot more grunt. Also totally agree with you on diesel question. My experience with a Beemer in the past (330 D) is that the diesels can be incredibly quick off the mark with great low end torque. As you say with Audi being the same and I suspect VW's as well it seems bizarre that Porsche would not manufacture a diesel with some serious go given it's pedigree. Must be somebody alot more knowledgable than I am who may know the reasons why. Unless its' as simple as their sales and marketing strategy with so many model variations to try get those of us who expect more from a base Porsche to pay more $$ to get into a GTS or Turbo.
  10. A mate of mine had his 911 in at PCM getting serviced and they gave him a Macan S to drive for a couple of days. I've had my eye on them for awhile and been trying to influence she who couldn't tell the difference between a Macan and a Honda CRV that an upgrade to the latest Macan is the way to go. So I was given the opportunity by my mate yesterday to drive the Macan loan car. I must say that I was a bit underwhelmed. It was comfortable enough but when I put my foot down there was a real lag and it seemed a bit gutless. Maybe I have come to expect too much being a P ?? It was a diesel. Anybody else held a similar view or driven the GTS or Turbo and had a very different driving experience ?
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    911 Turbo - still desirable?

    I tend to agree with this. Don't get me wrong. They are beautiful and amazing cars. I took a current model (not the S ) for a drive a couple of months ago in Melb. It was great but I felt like something was missing. I am biased because I have a 996tt that I just love driving. It feels like a beast wanting to get away from me all the time. The current model is so much more refined as to be .... too refined ?? I also had the opportunity to drive another forum member's 1986 930 Turbo a few weeks ago. It was very different to mine but I loved it as well. And that wide crazy ass body is super hot ! I thing I love the older models more and of course I am biased with my opinion. I would love to drive a new GT3. I would imagine it would be insane.
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    911 rental in Germany

    Lucky me for I logged on tonight. Thanks @mhh ... very helpful. I am going to be in Europe myself in mid June and was planning to get to the Porsche Museum as part of the itinerary and also to Nurburgring. I was checking out RSR Garage who have been highly recommended. I can do a track day with them for 895 Euros ($1,400) or hire a Porsche 911 GTS from Stuttgart airport for 4 days and return it to Bonn airport for an extra $100 and take it for a few laps on the Nurburgring. Nothing close to full the RSR track day experience I'm sure but I also get the benefit of driving the GTS for the rest of the time all over the place. Seems like a pretty good option to me.
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    Driving my new 997 GTS from Melb to Syd

    Great pics @npvpositive ... looks like you had a ball on your first trip in the GTS. Awesome looking car.
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    WTB; Show me your T's

    agree. This is an amazing looking car and if mechanically in great nick then aside from re-sale value (perceived value) due to RHD conversion stigma then I am also curious as to why it has not sold yet. Has anybody taken it for a test drive and checked out the service history ?
  15. If I was in a position to drop that kind of coin on a Porsche it would not be going to Duttons. I would also not be choosing a car as my source of optimal ROI. We have had unprecedented levels of cheap cash for years not which has got everybody thinking that this gravy train will never end. I am no financial expert but all the indicators suggest to me that at some stage over the next couple of years the tide will turn. IF I was forced to pick a P as an investment with that sort of figure it would be this one: https://www.porsche.com/australia/models/911/911-gt2-rs/911-gt2-rs/ But if I came into $650k I wouldn't be putting it into fixed interest either. I would invest in shares. I also like CSL as an Aust shares choice but I would be looking abroad instead with $100k each in stocks like Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, Salesforce, ServiceNow and WorkDay. As I said - I'm no financial expert. Just my opinion. Nice first world problem to have !