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I drove down in convoy with Dave who has a very nice Cabriolet, setting off at 1:30 am on Sunday morning and with a couple of stops on the way to rest and recharge we arrived at Brands about 6 am. Got the gazebo up and then gave the car a quick wax. Early in the morning there was some fun and games when one register pinched another registers gazebo after it had been put up, which was a bit unsporting, but it was recovered and all was well. You know who you are, shame on you.
I think the event was a success, no doubt as with
most years there will be those that dis-agree.
During the 2 days I did get one of Team GVRs race prepared 968s on our stand and some of us were able to have a chat with Gordon the chief engineer who was able to point us in the right direction with regard to some performance enhancements for our own 968s.
The parade laps ended up as £10 per person and for the pure experience of driving around Brands Hatch it was well worth it, of course being led by the Carrera GT, and no I don't mean a 924 ! Not that I saw much of it while it was on the move as I was in the middle of the pack. Unfortunately during our session the heavens opened, but we weren't going that quick for it to have made much of a difference anyway. Brands Hatch circuit itself is not how I imagined, it was much more 'hills and valleys' than I had got from the X Box !
German Sports Car Show/968 Gathering
Although we didn't break any records we got a respectable turn out on the day so thanks to everybody who turned up. We also saw some new faces.
No doubt some people will choose to use their cars
a little bit less during the next few months, as I've got the car to a
pretty good level of presentation I know I'll be a bit reluctant to take
it out onto the salted and wet roads, but I'll certainly be looking out
for those odd dry days.
By the time you read this I may have taken my car on track to test out the new lowered suspension which appears to be behaving beautifully on the road and the local roundabouts are getting to know my car quite well. The adjustable suspension could possibly do with tweaking slightly at the front but the rear has certainly seen a big improvement in road holding and handling since it was lowered, I have also installed a new chip which helps to smooth out the power delivery which in standard form is a compromise setup. The chip has worked really well and definitely makes a difference to the way the car feels while accelerating, I was a bit sceptical about claims of extra performance etc. but the difference is really in the delivery of the power not necessarily in any extra power. How can I put this, it feels now like the acceleration curve is a straight line rather than a series of peaks and plateaus. This is a purely a subjective and seat of the pants explanation and no scientific research has gone into this but it does make the car a bit more enjoyable to drive so the chip will be staying.
At the time of writing this the car as a project
still has a few things to be completed, the seats need reconnolising,
the rear quarters need a small amount of paintwork and the engine bay
although is presentable still needs a bit more work to bring it up to
show standard. Although I am happy to say that the first show it has entered
got a welcome second place in the NW regional concours at the German Sports
Car show in September.
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