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Oulton Park, PCGB track day.
in October I managed to break away from the business and spend a day with
some friends at Oulton Park on one of the PCGB organised track days. I
had the good fortune to have a run out in a 968 CS, which is run by Tony
Brown in the Porsche Club Championship.
The 968 Sport was a compromise between the 968 Coupe and the stripped out Club Sport, but all the models apart from the Turbos are powered by the same 3 litre, Variocam, 4 cylinder, giving a specified 240bhp. I feel that they should have given maybe the Sport and Club Sport a 3.2, how about a 3.5, but I suppose the engine size may already be at it's limits and then that is where the Turbo comes in. The problem is that the Turbo was only produced in small numbers in left hand drive and only in Club Sport guise.
That aside a volunteer has stepped forward to moderate
a new 968 forum so that we can assess the popularity of it. So please
do make some contribution to the forum and help to make it a success you
never know when it might come in handy.
PCGB 968 Forum
Earlier this year I bought a 968. As I live in Scotland where these are very thin on the ground, finding a good one at the right price was no easy matter. In fact I looked for nearly a year, and did a fair bit of travelling before I finally found what I wanted. Being a canny Scot, I also wanted to know just what I was getting into, so I did a lot of research into the 968, so that I knew all about their good and bad points, long before I got my wallet out.
And how did I do all this? Using the Internet of course. The web version of Autotrader magazine www.autotrader.co.uk was absolutely invaluable, and there are several web sites packed with information and debate about 968s. www.968uk.com is the best of the UK based stuff, and www.968.net is a terrific forum, if heavily skewed to the American users. The internet may not have been with us long, but like colour TV's and refrigerators, I now simply could not envisage living without it, even though I am past the first flush of youth.
Fast forward a few months of happy 968 ownership, and I decided it was finally time to join the Porsche Club, a good move so far, as I have enjoyed Region 1's get-togethers a lot. I confess I was a mite disappointed though when I ventured into the Club forums. Not only is this a very underused resource for a club of this size, but shock horror there was no 968 forum! When I enquired why, it transpired that a moderator had yet to be found, and ... come one, you should be way ahead of me by now if you've been paying attention so I have volunteered.
What is it with 968 owners? Don't you guys have computers? Stuart Cookson-Smith, the Register Secretary, has been running an excellent forum for 968 owners for some while now on 968uk.com, but it struggles for traffic. Yet if you go to the forum at 968.net you will find a huge and vocal group of owners debating these cars, and thoroughly enjoying themselves into the bargain. The snag is, as I alluded to above, that this is very USA orientated. Sure the cars are the same, but it is frustrating when they discuss event, or products, or prices that just are not relevant here.
With a bit of fortunate timing, you should by now
be reading a major piece in "911 and Porsche World" about the
968, (and if not, it will be in the next issue). I am amazed that these
cars have had so little press, and that the 968 community in the UK is
so untogether. If adding a forum for 968 owners to the PCGB website does
even a little to improve matters, then I am happy to help.
I look forward to making your acquaintance, just look for my avatar.
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