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  1. Not a exactly a rack...but my wife and two dogs go everywhere with this on top. Who needs a boring SUV when you have a C4 GTS with a roof top box.
  2. Well, while we are in lockdown....and I have nothing better to do except stare at my cars out the window....and if you are interested....I thought I would share another GT3 travel story. The year before I got the GTR, I had an M2, a 991.1 GT3 3.8 and a 991.2 GT3 4.0. I meant to sell the 991.1 GT3 when the 991.2 arrived but didn't get around to it for 6+months so I had the two cars sitting around for awhile. The same crew came across from OZ and we set off on a two week Swiss/Italy road trip heading for the mountain passes (Furka, Susten, Grimsel, San Bernardino, etc, etc). This is a video of our drive down the San Bernardino Pass. I lead off in the 991.2 GT3 4.0 while the other two follow in the M2 and 991.2 GT3 3.8. The video is shot from the 991.1 GT3. If you like the sound of a GT3, do yourselves a favour, put the headsets on and turn up the volume. The 991.1 GT3 sounds awesome. If you are considering buying a 991 GT3, a 3.8 or 4.0, I would thoroughly recommend them. They are about the best fun you can have sitting down. The second video is a short drive up part of the Furka pass in the 991.2 GT3 4.0. It was another fantastic holidays sharing cars with family and friends. We were all a bit naughty but that's half the fun.
  3. Thanks for the comments but I actually get more enjoyment from my cars by letting other people drive them. Last year some friends came over from OZ to join me on a road trip across Europe to Tuscany and back. When they arrived at my place I said "pick a car and lets go". Well much debate ensued, the 964 and the 996 were immediately eliminated as too old and uncomfortable to undertake a 4,500kms round trip. No one wanted the 997 or the Touring. My nephew chose the GTR while I chose the GT3. Meanwhile my wife and sister-in-law were huddling, then turned and announced that they would do a "Thelma and Louse" and would take the 991.1 GTS cab and make their own way to Tuscany at their pace. So while us "boys" were racing down the Autobahn at 290kph and tearing up mountain passes, the girls cruised along, stopping at day spas along the way enjoying the drive at their own pace. It was one of the best holidays ever sharing cars with friends and family.
  4. Yes, if having a manual is an itch you have to scratch, then the GT4 or GTS is a great option. Alternatively you could seek out a used 991.1 or 991.2.
  5. No you can’t. only way you can buy and import a car that is less than 25 years old is to have owned the car in the UK for more than 12 months and have drive it a minimum of 6,000 Kms. But even if you were allowed, the import duty, GST and LCT taxes that would be levied on the car would make it economically unviable.
  6. Before I got my GT3 RS, I had a GTR for over 12months alongside my 991.2 GT3 and my 991.2 GT3 Touring. I took all three cars out to Spa for a track day and invited a bunch of friends and family along. It was my first time in the GTR on track at Spa and within 6-8 laps I put down a 2:45sec lap which was equal to my best time in the GT3 at the time. Each person who drove it that day preferred it over the GT3 or the Touring saying it was easier to drive "quickly" compared the GT3...and it sounded better. But here's the rub, after 8 laps in the GTR, no brakes whereas the GT3 (and the Touring) just circulated all day. And when it got wet, well, the GTR was all but undrivable due to the torque delivery. It just wanted to kill you! But still, its a car that delivers huge fun in the right conditions.
  7. Everybody is entitled to their own preference, thats why some people like brunettes while others prefer blonds. Thats why I take a counter view to your point that "you have to be driving very hard with PDK to get the same experience as a manual gives you where you don't have to be up it all the time". I actually think that in many situations it's the exact opposite. I will give you an example. I live is a small village near the Thames. The road to my village has a range of speed limits from 100kph to 35kph. There is one particular spot where you encounter a roundabout which is 35kph coming from 100kph and within 30metres it goes back to 100kph before a blind off camber down hill left. In my RS I approach the roundabout in 4th, then very quickly shift down two gears in rapid succession to 2nd (each time the exhaust giving a very pleasing F6 woompf on the downshift). You are then hard on the gas and very quickly up 2 gears short shifting each one before quickly downshifting to 3rd for the off camber left. That's 5 gears changes within say 50-80 metres making you grin as the F6 barks on each gear change. Makes me laugh every time even though you are only driving within the speed limit. Now when I try this in the GT3 Touring, you can only manage 2 gear changes in the same distance because you have to hold 3rd for most of the time. Nor do you get the same pleasurable bark from the exhaust on the gear changes as you do in the PDK RS. So IMHO, depending on the situation, you can actually play with the car in a more complex way with the PDK than you can with a manual.
  8. I have owned/own a bunch of PDK and manual cars including 991.1 GT3, 991.1 GTS, 991.2 GT3, 991.2 GTS, GT3 Touring, 991.2 GT3 RS, etc. I have driven most of them multiple times around Spa, Portimao, Monza, etc and across multiple mountain passes including Furka, Grossglockner, etc. If I had to make a choice between the two transmissions, it would be the PDK both for on track and for challenging mountain roads. My driving is quicker and smoother with a PDK, especially in the wet where you can much more readily, and safely, short-shift mid-corner to better manage torque delivery without unduly unsetting the balance of the car. Whereas, say in the manual Touring, on a damp/wet track (or road) and you find yourself in a too low a gear and want to quickly upshift to manage the torque and your exit speed, it's much harder to do this with a manual without unduly unsettling the car or losing speed. Also, I find the gearing of the 7spd PDK to be better suited to track work compared to the 6spd manual. And from a noise perspective, I have always found the PDK cars to sound better. To my ears, my 991.2 GT3 PDK always sounded better than the manual Touring. And the RS sounds even better.
  9. 2.7 RS 1988 Clubsport 964 RS 3.8 996 GT3 RS 997 RS 4.0...or....991 GT2 RS....or.....991.2 GT3 RS 🤔
  10. Here is an extract from a recent Total911 magazine story. “We built it without management knowing,” admits GT product line director, Andreas Preuninger. He took a standard GT3 and, taking inspiration from the blue-on-white Carrera 2.7 Carrera RS picture he loved as a kid, created the 996 GT3 RS. The management said yes, hoodwinked slightly as to the changes the engineer had made to the GT3 to create the new Rennsport. The engines were a bit more special than anyone would admit openly at the time, the quoted output the same 381hp of the regular GT3 because of the cost and hassle of homologating the revised engine. In reality though the 3.6-litre boxers in the RS were a little bit more special, with reshaped intake and exhaust ports among some other detailed changes. Preuninger has also previously admitted to us that none left the GT department with less than 400hp too, by the way.
  11. As I have mentioned before, if the 6RS had a numbered plaque like the 7RS4.0 it would cost twice as much and IMHO the 6RS is an equally important car. It was the first RS with the Mezger engine and it was the first RS Andreas Preuninger ever produced at the Motorsport division.
  12. There is no doubt that a 997 GT3 is better car than a 964 for same price but that is not really the point. Its all about supply and demand. 964s are in a purple'ish patch demand wise. People want them because they are seen as the last air cooled car with classic upright headlights and prominent front wings plus bank vault build quality. And the Singer effect doesn't hurt either. Whereas 996s will always be seen as Porsche's worst design effort ever so will always suffer as a result. The 997 was a return to form after the 996 and will fast become a modern classic if its not there already. If I had a few spare quid, I would buy up as many manual 997.2 GTSs as I could and squirrel them away for a few years. I would much rather have a good 964 than any 996 or 997. Indeed, If I could only keep one car out of my 964, 996 or 997, it would be the 964 hands down but thats just my preference.
  13. Kms. A couple of current examples. 2003 silver 996 GT3 - 39,000 miles/65,000kms is GBP 63,000/$120,000 2004 speed yellow 996 GT3 - 25,000miles/40,000kms is GBP 69,000/$133,000 1989 guards red 964 C2 - 37,000 miles/60,000kms is GBP 75,000/$145,000 1993 speed yellow 964 C2 - 25,000miles/40,000kms is GBP 90,000/$174,000
  14. The pricing seems to be roughly inline with the ROW. Over here in the UK, you can pick up a really good 996 GT3 with 50-70,000kms on the clock for around AUD$120-130,000...whareas a really good 964 of the same miles will set you back around AUD$150,000. Indeed, there is a really, really good speed yellow 964 C2 on the market over here for AUD$180,000 and a guards red C2 for AUD$160,000. And just one small point from my perspective since I own both a 964 and a 996...the build quality of the 996 sucks compared to 964 which still feels like a bank vault even thought the cars are 15 years apart.
  15. As my wife says...people who do not like dogs have something fundamentally wrong with them.
  16. We have had a few Westies over the years. Our latest came to us at six months when she somehow sustained a broken femoral head in the hands of the first owner who did not want to stump up the $5,000+ for the operation and put the effort into the months of necessary rehabilitation. She was such wonderful little thing that we took her home in a heart beat. Got the operation done (they cut off the femoral head so the bone now just floats in muscle and hence the months of rehabilitation for the muscle to build up around the bone in compensation and the dog to learn to walk again) and nursed her back to full recovery. She is now my absolute best mate. But ever since, she hates children. She will not go near them and runs away scared. We suspect that she was kicked or dropped by a child of the previous owner.
  17. It is requirement is certain countries that when racing there must be a cutout switch that is easily reachable by safety crew or driver from inside the car. So it’s always a red flag to me when I see a cutout switch installed inside the cabin like this.
  18. And sadly, I half expect that the boys in blue will now pick on every Porsche driver out there as some kind of emotional payback. So drive super careful.
  19. We take our Westies pretty much everywhere with us. Here they are in the RS, the Touring, the GTS and the GTS cab.
  20. There's actually quite a bit of heritage with multi-coloured wheels like this. I don't know if they were the first, but the Apple sponsored Kremer 935 K3 made it famous to the extent that it became a cult car even to this day. The driver roster included none other than Allan Moffat and Bobby Rahal who both drove the car at the 1980 Le Mans 24hr. There are numerous a die cast models of the car with Allan Moffat's name on the front wing. More recently, a guy in South Australia did a hommage wrap on his 991.1 GT3 RS including the multi-coloured wheels. I think it looks fantastic.
  21. No, because you can’t go and inspect the car. You are not allowed out of your house for things like this.
  22. Over here in in the U.K. the market has completely stopped. All dealers are closed so no one can sell or buy a car even if they wanted to so prices have not moved one inch because there is no demand. We will see what happens when the lockdown lifts and people can visit dealers and go inspect cars.
  23. Oooof.. very ambitious pricing IMHO. https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1992-porsche-911-carrera-rs-964-manual/OAG-AD-18576362/?Cr=8 At this price, it is probably the most expensive 964 RS on sale in the world today. About 150-200K too ambitious. After on road costs, its going to owe you $700K at that price. I have a friend in the UK with a very nice RHD Rubystone 964 RS for sale for GBP 230,000. Gee, if you are happy with a LHD version (which drive much better IMO because RHD versions are polluted with power steering), anyone out there can buy mine for $450,000 when I bring it over.
  24. I know this was tongue in cheek but I have noticed a lot of people use the term Touring Model for all sorts of GT3s/RSs. The only 911 models that I am aware of that had a specifically named "Touring" package were the 2.7 RS, 964 RS and 991.2 GT3. But they were not specific models only different specs. Indeed, one could argue that this car is worth less because it doesn't have the more desirable options that most people want when buy a GT3.

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