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Richard Bernau

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About Richard Bernau

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    Trackmeister

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  • Location
    Haxted, Surrey
  • Interests
    Wine, food, music, good times, good friends and family. And cars obviously.

Previous Fields

  • Current 911
    1985 930SE - 3.6, 6 speed, 987 Boxster S
  • Daily Driver
    Mini Cooper S (modified), X3 3.0D
  • Lottery Car
    unknown
  • Most-played albums in your iPod/CD Changer
    Was Foo Fighters, now teenage kids pop music and nostalgic 80s stuff.
  • Day Job?
    Something to do with advising Banks and Brexit
  • Favourite Food
    Increasingly healthy, occasionally naughty
  • Drink?
    Burgundy Reds
  • Drive of your life
    The next European road trip - 2018 Pyrenees

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  1. Richard Bernau

    Insurance question...

    Have contacted the police this morning looking for the report. He lied to them at the time about who was on the wrong side of the road and the car positions post accident should make that clear but who knows.
  2. Richard Bernau

    Insurance question...

    No witnesses or dashcam. Just the position of the cars afterwards. There was police, fire and ambulance in attendance and I saw the police with cameras on tripods recording everything. However, I don’t think police in the U.K. say anything definitive. And that’s the rub - the guy knew what he had done (and my wife told him in no uncertain terms) but he denied any liability. He was very sheepish and disappeared pronto before I got to the scene. I reckon we are screwed but will just pursue the market value side. Not to say I won’t apply pressure.
  3. Richard Bernau

    Insurance question...

    Unfortunately my wife was involved in an offset head on accident just over a week ago. Our BMW was confirmed written off on Friday. Long story short, but the other car was going fast and came onto the wrong side of the road leaving my wife with no options and no time to even brake. It was very close to our home on a country road. No witnesses. Two questions. First the insurance company seems to have little interest in apportioning fault meaning we will have an at fault claim with all the consequences that flow from that. The position of the cars afterwards indicates the other driver was in the wrong place. Our car almost entirely off the road and the other car entirely on the road. How do we push the insurers on this? Secondly market value. What’s the strategy on getting the highest market value? Thankfully, my family are fine, so big picture is ok and the car did its job to protect them. Doesn’t change the fact I am likely some thousands out of pocket and it was 100% the other guys fault. As much as I hate the idea of ambulance chasing lawyers, I might just need some help. Or I might just be resigned to sucking it up and moving on. Wise words appreciated.
  4. Richard Bernau

    Something red and stripey

    I have a close ratio 6 speed in my 930. Standard 1 and 2 and shorter 3-6. Its somewhat unnecessary in that car, though it means you are never off boost unless you actually select the wrong gear. Its single turbo 3.6 with minimal lag anyway. The 987S with 6 speed also has shorter intermediate gears than the old G50. It works brilliantly on an NA car punching at about 250hp/ton. To my mind, it really improves the driving experience on the type of roads I love to drive on - namely Alps, Pyrenees etc, where it means you are never waiting for the tq to arrive in the next gear or forced to hold the lower gear to the redline. It just gives you more options and flexibility as to how you pick a tricky piece of road apart. Now that I am turning my mind to it, the 6 speed box in the 987 is one of the things I like best about that car. It feels like perfectly judged ratios.
  5. Richard Bernau

    Which 16" wheels

    Please be very careful dealing with R-to-RSR.
  6. Richard Bernau

    Which 16" wheels

    Porsche stud pattern (5x130mm) is almost unique. Merc wheels won't fit. Image wheels are really worth a look. Not sure on current pricing, but it was £250-300/corner + VAT and somebody once whispered to me that you can visit them in Birmingham (or wherever they are) and do a cash deal. I think you would have to be somewhat mad to spend £2000+ on used Fuchs unless you had something seriously collectable when you could get a brand new 3 piece wheel in exactly the width and offset you want for much less. Or buy replica Fuchs...
  7. Richard Bernau

    Boxster tiptronic

    ...and, and, and. In my eyes, the 987.1 is the most aesthetically pleasing of the Boxsters pre-981 (981s are tempting but too big, too expensive, too electric steering etc). Elements of the 987.2 are fussy and 986s are looking dated IMHO. When moving on from a classic 911 that made a big visual and aural statement, having something that makes me smile because of some inherent rightness whenever I see it is important.
  8. Richard Bernau

    Boxster tiptronic

    I tend to think IMS is very rare and fixable with a clutch change (fingers crossed). On the other hand bore score is more inevitable on the 3.4s and bigger. Accordingly, my vote for the 3.2, plus best oil, low temp thermostat and extended sump. 3.2 also has better gearing which was important to me.
  9. Richard Bernau

    Something red and stripey

    Guards transmissions (GT Gears) used to have an online calculator. Its a long time since I looked at it though. I would be getting expert advice from a specialist if it was me. You are limited by the gearsets available.
  10. Richard Bernau

    Boxster tiptronic

    There are tons of 05 987S's around. Hold out for what you want. The old school slushbox is fine in a 996TT with ample tq, but I wouldn't in a 987S. I have posted on IB and on Boxa.net on my 987S purchase. Its a wonderful little thing.
  11. Richard Bernau

    Something red and stripey

    Trust me - the first thing you would do if you felt it was not fast enough is re-gear 2nd, 3rd and 4th to get a close ratio 1-4 retaining cruising 5th. The engine revs and already has throttle response that is more old school MFI than lazy CIS/Motronic.
  12. Richard Bernau

    RB's 930GT

    Pictures tell a thousand words. This has been a labour of love with lots of bespoke little bits. The bumper brackets the obvious part, but you can also see the massive oil cooler with welded brackets, the cut out for air flow behind it, the steel 930 front wings with new hardware, new paint in the bonnet. And it goes on. Lots of time spent taking out the non-functioning ABS kit and making up new lines and so on. Also removed the non-functioning air-con and tidying everything under the hood. Tough call on the air con, but it was such a dog's dinner that it had to go. The compressor is still on the engine, so it could be resurrected in the future. The work is high quality at a fixed price, so time is the slipping factor with the bread and butter insurance stuff taking priority in the body shop. The most significant other development is a new custom made Sachs 996TT-type clutch that has gone in. That should be ample and yet feel much more like a normal clutch compared to the impossible paddle clutch that was in place. I keep thinking the car is "about a week" from being done and weeks stretch to months... But it's close now.
  13. Richard Bernau

    Something red and stripey

    Yeah - its so close to being done. It's a fixed price and in a shop that does mainly insurance stuff it just keeps getting pushed to the back of the queue.
  14. Richard Bernau

    Something red and stripey

    Primarily, I wasn't using it. Life moves on, priorities change. I am very happy with my current cars and hand on heart I haven't missed the old car - though it does look pretty cool in Alex's pics. I spent a lot of time thinking about it before deciding to sell, so it wasn't a hasty decision. If I was still doing a load of track days and the hardcore Bergmeister stuff, I might feel differently. Maybe I have just got a bit older. Turns out I like the roof down and air con even on a big, fast road trip. And the joy of the big trips, is not all about the car. Its about the friends and the shared experience - and you could rock up in almost any Porsche and still get that. I love underdog cars, something that can do more than you would imagine. The 3.2 did that in spades and the 987 does the same thing. How I feel about my mega 930 when I get it back remains to be seen.
  15. Richard Bernau

    "We go again" ....

    This ^^^ Best chance of satisfactory resolution is using the (hopefully) still good relationship. You have trusted your engine builder and you have to continue to trust him to get it right. If you have hard questions to ask, then you have to sit in a quiet room and ask those questions in a calm way and hope you get a positive engagement. Worst thing is to push so hard you get push back and zero engagement. Once anger enters into things, your chances of a solution get pretty small. Hence the allegation of what is basically theft - not using your uber expensive parts - maybe stays in the back pocket or is just very gently checked and ruled out. If that was the case on a fairly high profile build, it would be business over in this, let's be honest, tiny community. On a more constructive note, let me remind you of my experience with high lift cams. While I can't quite recall exactly what the solution was, the issue with high lift cams and std valve stem seals is that the seals can get pinched and then fail or partially fail (depending on how pinched they are I think) resulting in massive oil consumption. You still make reasonable hp, but I think you must be losing compression. I don't think its obvious in the build phase and most engine builders contract out the head skimming and assembly as they don't have the big skimming machinery, making it really not obvious. That's not a criticism, just reality. I used IIRC, something like 6-7+ litres of oil on the trip to/from Spa and on the track day and it was visibly burning oil. It felt like I was spending as much on oil as petrol at one point. If you can baseline your consumption over say 500 or 1000km, then you have a clear sign that something like the valve stem seals are a real problem - that's what Steve needed me to do and then he took the car back and pulled it apart and fixed it, no questions as it was obvious something was wrong. Forget about the hp/tq for a minute, you should be using practically zero oil on a new build once run in. You are with one of the best engine builders in the country, but things can go wrong in even the best shops (as you know). Work with Neil and he should step up. I have some second had experience with him related to a friend who had a real 2.7RS LW rebuilt there at expectedly large expense and it broke down at CLM. It was frustrating, but in the end Neil did everything to remedy it.
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