I first met my husband Jeff at a roadside service station, on the M6.
My awfully abused 82′ Ford Fiesta had all but given up the ghost on the way down from a Baptist’s conference in Birmingham.
I had a few hundred miles left to go down to Bristol, and I was in a bit of a position.
That’s when Jeff pulled up next to me, driving his Porsche 911 Carrera RS. Stunning, smooth and full of life; my future husband also looked pretty good too. At this point, my automotive skills were yet to come into existence, so I was more than thankful to Jeff for helping my Fiesta back on the road. We exchanged numbers that night and the rest, as they say, is history.
That was 30 years ago. Now, in 2016, all of us are getting a little long in the tooth, the Carrera included. Although it’s perhaps a little too late for us get any modifications made, it’s never too late for the machine that brought us together to get a little makeover. However, a vehicle with such rich heritage must always be treated with care and respect before any serious work can be undertaken.
Although the first Porsche 911 came out of the factory lines in Germany in 1963, it took over a decade for the now iconic model to ascend to the level of ‘classic’.
Through ten years of turbulent development, the car rose to prominence in the competition circuit thanks to the creation of the 911 Carrera RSR.
Drivers racing the naturally aspirated model were most successful during the 70s, winning major competitions like the Targa Florio and 24 Hours of Daytona.
As such it has become a highly sought after model and one that we have no intention of selling anytime soon (just in case there are any eager Porsche fans reading!). Although we’ve both got some experience in stripping and building sports cars, we would never dream of attempting any of our own modifications on the Carrera. For that we have had to consult some real professionals.
In Liverpool, a group of Porsche-obsessed mechanics work under the brand of Tech-9 (http://www.tech-9.co.uk/). They’ve been preparing race cars, providing services and renovating old models since 1993; so they happen to be rather good at their jobs.
Jeff and I drove the old girl up North last weekend, giving us an opportunity to take a look at the rest of the wonderful models that the showroom had to offer.
They take on any project on at Tech-9, as long as it’s Porsche branded.
The one model that caught my eye was a gorgeous Porsche 930 Turbo LHD, in a Light Yellow B6B6 that just screamed 80s Daytona Beach. Someday, but not today! After the mechanics gave our model a cursory look, we were given a reasonable price and left the professionals to do what they do best.
Liverpool is blessed with two stunning Cathedrals.
Although neither Jeff or I adhere to the major denominations that own these buildings, they both made for a spiritual respite from the road and gave us some time to reflect on our Lord.
After a day’s work (and one night spent in a hotel) the Carrera was ready to pick up and we were ready to drive our newly renovated baby home. Smoother than ever, with gears that shifted silkily, the guys at Tech-9 had done a brilliant job.