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    1982 911SC Sport Coupe
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  1. Looking really good Ian! My engine has done just over 150K now and thank goodness continues to run beautifully. 🤞🤞🤞as I dread having to go to all this expense: Pulled it out of its Carcoon yesterday and had a quick blast up Cheddar Gorge (en route to buying essential milk of course). Will have to try and get along to watch you race this year. Good luck with the new engine.
  2. So.... it's time to tuck my SC away for the winter and today's the day I unrolled my Carcoon and went through my end of season routine. But not before one last blast around the Mendips and a top up with Premium Unleaded. I was reminded what a nice community most classic car owners really are when I saw three other classics within a few minutes. Firstly a rare Jensen Healey gave me a flash and a big wave immediately followed by a lovely bright red Ferrari 360 who also gave me a big wave. But then.... coming in the opposite direction was an E reg Guards Red 3.2 Carrera. This time I took the initiative and flashed/waved only to be met with a complete blank😂. Porsche drivers eh!! Roll on 2021....
  3. 911SC Z3M Roadster 335D X-Drive Bright orange mini! Very happy to host a photo shoot in Somerset!😀
  4. Loving this 80s love in! I too had a couple of interesting cars from this era. I left University and ended up living back at home for a year which rather curtailed my social life! However It did enable me to save up and buy a one elderly owner 1979/V Scirocco 1.6GLi in a lovely metallic red. It had the same engine as the Golf GTI but that lovely coupe body. Moved out and down south then and next up was a 1982/Y Golf GTI 1.8 MK1 in Lhasa green. I think it was fairly rare as VW upgraded the GTI engine from 1.6 to 1.8 only for a year or so before the MK2 Golf was introduced. The Golf had to go for a deposit on a flat but managed to bounce back a few years later with a 1986/D 205CTI 1.6 in white with a black hood. Bought it from BCA Blackbushe auctions and apparently its only previous owner was Cunard Cruises! It was a hoot but only after I had sold it would I admit that I did look a little hair-dresser like driving it around😉. Happy days!
  5. Spooky! In 1997 I too was 37 years young, I also had two kids, two mortgages and I too had to wait 5 years until the arrival of my 911😀. However... I was driving a 406SRi company hack, my wife was driving my old 405 company hack and I had a 1964 TR4 tucked away in the garage to bring weekend smiles. Happy days!!
  6. I'm afraid I'm yet another fan of BMW! Aside from the SC these two also occupy my petrolhead world. The Z3M is actually quite a rare bird. One of only 73 roadsters made with the later S54 engine from the E46 M3. Silky smooth with 325BHP, fantastic acceleration and all that fresh air! The F30 335D Xdrive is even more impressive in its own way. 0-60 under 5 seconds and yet is capable of post 50 mpg (obviously not at the same time). It's an awesome piece of kit albeit perhaps lacking the soul of the 911Sc or Z3M. Both my BMs happen to be Estoril Blue. Good job I chose something completely different for my 911. Minerva blue😀!!
  7. Same story from me I'm afraid! My wife's beloved Mercedes A Class was written off when a farmer in an old Nissan ran into the side of her car and badly damaged every panel from drivers door to rear door. He claimed she was in the middle of the road when he came around a blind bend in a narrow country lane. I tried to explain to the insurance company that if this were true, impact would have been head on but they just weren't interested and we ended up 50:50. Circumstances were such that it was definitely the other drivers fault but the only witness was his passenger! Like others I used Autotrader and sent screensaves of all similar cars -spec/mileage/dealer history etc and at least I got back what I thought it was worth. Very frustrating seeing the increased premium despite protected NCB😡 Main thing is that nobody was hurt.
  8. Just back late last night from my 6th CLM and what a great event! Porsche overload - even special races this year populated almost entirely by 911s. Stayed on the Pistonheads site where breakfast/dinner and pre-erected tents are provided alongside a bar and Tv coverage of the football and GP. One of the highlights was the drive down and back, we went Poole/Cherbourg and home via Portsmouth last night. Again loads of IBs on the ferry. Seven cars in our convoy incl 2x IBs Two years to wait for the next one☹️
  9. Also loving this series. Missed it first time around so been catching up on the iPlayer for the last few weeks and now almost up with the current run. Car looks great in this colour - albeit my wife doesn't like it! Interesting that it's up for sale and for a great cause too. I guess it will lose its distinctive Swedish registration plate if it ends up with a UK buyer. I suspect that the estimate of £20K to £30K seriously understates where it will end up at auction though!
  10. Thanks guys - some helpful suggestions. Turns out my insurers (Heritage) are more reasonable than I had thought and they've set me up with ALPS Road Rescue annual membership for under £40. Hopefully I won't need them🤞but they will be ok if I do. Good to have Ivan's number as a back up!
  11. Planning my trip to Classic Le Mans in July and for piece of mind I'd like to put some one trip only breakdown cover in place. My insurers only do an annual policy which is a bit steep and I'm struggling to find a product online. Anyone have recommendations please?
  12. Yep - all booked and staying on the Pistonheads site. My 6th CLM. This year going all posh and renting pre-erected tents with beds!! Food at Le Mans isn't that great and after staying in various non private camping sites, we now appreciate the breakfast/evening meal and private bar facilities offered as part of this package. No view of circuit but clean showers and a 10 min walk to the track compensate. Seven cars in my convoy including two IBs and we are leaving Poole Thursday morning. Cant wait!
  13. I'm lucky enough to have two "toys" in the garage and alongside the IB is this little BMW. It's quite a rare car (only 73 RHD made) and combines the M Roadster body with the legendary S54 engine from the E46 M3. 325 creamy horsepower from a non turbo straight six allied to a small light body makes for an interesting and really enjoyable drive. Definitely a contender to replace your Supersport They have gone up in value but I think they are still worth a punt especially in the more numerous S50 version. Have a look at Pistonheads adverts where there's a few for sale. Some say the M Roadster is the new AC Cobra! It's certainly quicker!!
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