Porsche winter

Now is the winter of our discontent

Now is the winter of our discontent

Contrary to what your calendar may tell you, February is the longest month. It drags on and on like the ending of Lord of the Rings and simply refuses to make way for spring.

So, to pass time, I thought I’d do a small update about the plans for next year. As the writer behind the excellent Porsche 911 blog Teil der Machine has pointed out, it’s been quite a while since this site has been updated anyway.

You should check that blog out as well, by the way. But be warned: It is in German, so you will need to exercise those language skills. I can help you along with the only two phrases I know:

Der Blizt is auf der Flachmatute” (the pen is on the table) and

Ist der Tachten achten, bitte?” (is your daughter eighteen?)

I’m not entirely sure about the latter, though. Once it nearly got me into a fisticuffs with a Berlin cab driver. Since I was in no state to fight anything else than a kebab, it would probably have been a true WW2 reenactment with the German walking over the Dane.

But I digress. Let’s talk about plans for next year.

 

Racing, real racing

Since I bought my 911, I have been doing quite a few trackdays including laps on Circuit de la Sarthe and Spa Franchorchamps. I even took part in a very scary – and thus very fun – hill climb event. And it has been an utter catastrophe. As I was warned it was exactly the kind of slippery slope that would leave me wanting more and ensure a life of poverty.

Because now I’m going all the way. I’m taking my racing license end of March and plan to compete in the Danish Youngtimer Cup for cars 15+ years old. And, get a load of this, it will not be in the Porsche but most likely in a Mazda MX-5. This particular car is a right hander driver, so that should prove, uhm, interesting.

My ambitions? Don’t be last in the series, and don’t get lapped.

 

Beautifying my 911

The last few years I had the engine, clutch and gearbox sorted out. I had a Carrera oil cooler installed, changed the exhaust and generally gave the car the overhaul it needed. At some point in time I will probably sharpen up the suspension, but there’s no rush.

So next in line is the look. Right now she looks like an old banger. And I’m good with that, it’s first and foremost a driver’s car. What I really want is to put a duck tail on to give it some much needed high speed stability. But in my opinion duck tails don’t work with the impact bumpers of the G-series.

A full backdate is rather expensive. Remember, this year all my income, and whatever coins I can find behind the sofa cushions, will go the noble gentlemen sport of racing. There is an alternative, GT racing manufactures back date kit that does not require any major metal work in the front end. But some very knowledgeable people have warned me that it’s sort of like our current government: a sorry excuse for the real thing.

What I may do instead is a bit of heresy. I will keep the short hood front end of the G-series, but either change the bumper to a late RS model, or I will take my lead from David Andersons wonderful 911. The front end here has been custom crafted by Spectrum Panel & Paint and RJP Motorsport in Perth, Australia, end tucked in some 30 mm.

Photo: David Anderson

 

As for the back end, this is where some people will start carrying firewood to the stake, because I’m thinking about giving it a full backdate to F-series bumpers. It’s not as irreversible a process as backdating the front end and who knows? The Frankencar may turn out to be a beauty.

Porsche Carrera RS duck tail

 

David Anderson has been so kind as to send me some more pics of his 911 build that show off the interior as well:

Photo: David Anderson

 

Photo: David Anderson

 

Photo: David Anderson

 

Any thoughts or suggestions? Then please share them here.

4 Comments
  • Andreas v. Clausbruch
    Posted at 10:40h, 30 January Reply

    Holger, there is another German blog carrera-32.com which might be of interest. The RJP front looks great – something really special. Are there any additional photos available? Have a good ride Andreas

    • Holger Wilcks
      Posted at 11:51h, 30 January Reply

      Hi Andreas

      Thanks for the link. I will definitely be following the renovation project on that blog.

      As you can see, I changed the picture of David Anderson’s 911. The former showed the car with track day wheels, this on is with road wheels. He seems like a really nice bloke and glad to share stories about his 911. So I suggest that you take a look at his Facebook page. There are a lot more pictures there: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705661632&fref=ts

  • Andreas v. Clausbruch
    Posted at 13:01h, 08 February Reply

    Hi Holger,
    still I’m of the believe that David’s conversion is outstanding and something really special. However cost and logistics might be of concern from the European perspective. Are you aware of the panels offered by eb-motorsport.com for the small body SC RS type?
    All the best Andreas

  • Holger Wilcks
    Posted at 13:24h, 09 February Reply

    Hi Andreas

    Yeah, I almost bought some 2nd hand ones last year. But I’m still not really keen on the rear end combination og a duck tail and the reflector panel. To me it just doesn’t look right.

    Having said that it’s definitely a relatively cheap and easy way to get rid of those bumpers – and probably 40 kg. outside of the wheels which should make a noticeable difference.

    rgds. Holger

Post A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.