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askgeez
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:50 pm    Post subject: 997.2 GT3 Collection and first impressions Reply with quote

Further to my earlier "car incoming" thread, thought I would post my very early impressions .....

Collection
Didn't really sleep much the night before, and had been out for a family birthday at the pub, but had a 7:30am start to get up to Rennsport 2.5 hours away.

My good friend Gary, agreed to take me up there in his fabulous 997.1.5 GT2 clubsport. He didn't hang about Laughing , and roads were empty. Early damp and grey conditions cleared as we came over the Chilterns on M40, and by the time we arrived, it was blue sky and dry.

There is a big roller shutter on the ground floor, and the dealer heard us coming (that'll be the Kline Inconel exhaust Grin ), he came out and gave us a warm welcome , invited us to go through the door,....

Walked in, and literally the biggest grin broke out on my face, think i actually put my hand over my mouth Yahoo Gary gave me a good old slap on the back "Well done Geez!"

It's a ten year old car, yet it is incredibly nice condition. Clean Carrara white paintwork is unmarked. Centrelock wheels, in my favourite colour of satin platinum (previously sprayed a set on my old 4s the same). The stance, lower than my previous two , that wing, centre exhaust, PCCBs ..... just awesome thing to look at.

Interior is unmarked , oodles of carbon (£4k worth on the 2009 invoice 1), very nice place to sit.

I'd already paid for the car once the 111 point check came back clean, so literally just had a coffee , pit stop, and taxed it online.

He started it up, pulled it out front for the obligatory photo (see my instagram @askgeez Grin )


Drive home

Well , these are early days, so just initial thoughts...

Beautiful drive home in convoy, through cotswolds in the sunshine was a delight, i was grinning like an idiot , and actually had a tear in my eye at one point.

Ride is surprisingly good, I was expecting significantly harder than GTS, but its actually comfortable. Ive now transferred my DSC controller over, so will be even better.

Drive Steering is light, and very "pointy" , drove round some sweeping bends, and it just goes exactly where you want.

Lightening Noise... in my excitement, I hadn't pressed "Sport", assumed the exhaust was unswitched on a GT3, but at 4k revs, really feel the valves open, and its a much deeper bellow than either my gen1 c4s (PSE and CAI), or GTS (PSE and XPipe). Woke a few people up in he tunnel on M25 / A10 , with the pair of us Floor

Driving Gears !! I did like my C4s, and I also enjoyed PDK in the GTS, the kick down in particular made for very brisk progress when you wanted it. Sport Plus hooligan mode wasn't used that much, but was fun, and generated plenty of noise. But now I'm back in a manual , I do appreciate driving the car, and only yesterday I think i know why... PDK makes you lazy, because its a torquey engine, I tended to switch off, and not concentrate on gears, doesn't matter whether you're speeding up or slowing down , I left in auto. Yesterday, I almost stalled, as I sort of forgot I had a third pedal when i slowed up.

Judge Speed.. No doubt about it, its a rapid car, but lets be honest no 911 is slow. Its not hyper fast like the Gt2, and bearing in mind I haven't wrung its neck to the 8k Bandit redline, Its definitely a car to respect , and I'm looking forward to more miles to explore that.

Going through the paperwork, the ONE LADY owner may have been a little OCD, as every single service was done at OPC Reading. Book all stamped up, serviced, brake fluid changes, bodywork condition reports etc , old MOTs, Full book pack...

Mileage a whisker over 19k miles. PCCBs, Comfort Spec, Axle Lift, Carbon packs, Crested headrests , Sport Chrono, yellow dials and seatbelts, Projector type headlights, tyres all 6.5mm



(pictures to follow!!)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, great write up, congratulations, inspiring stuff Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been looking forward to this post. Congrats Thumb I've had to follow on IG
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Grin.

So turns out that John Holland (an established dealer in Sheffield), only opened their operation at Rennsport this week. I was their very first customer , and this was their first handover !
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Odometer had an interesting sequence...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garys GT2 makes mine look a little plain, thinking I may have to spice the GT3 up a little Grin
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Dad said he gave me a three letter name, as it would look good on a number plate Grin

Rather than change by deed poll to Trevor, or "FLJ", "GT59 GUY" going on when V5 is back Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Top stuff Guy, pleased for you.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great write up, and lovely looking car - congratulations!
I popped into Rennsport/John Holland while at the PCGB Open Haus event on Saturday, had some great cars in there.... The guys from JH were over in the PCGB clubhouse pulling punters over!

Enjoy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mangobay wrote:
Great write up, and lovely looking car - congratulations!
I popped into Rennsport/John Holland while at the PCGB Open Haus event on Saturday, had some great cars in there.... The guys from JH were over in the PCGB clubhouse pulling punters over!

Enjoy


I picked up Saturday morning at 10am, just as the open day was starting.
Shame my car had left JH that day, as I bet they would have liked it there to pique some interest from potential punters .

Was a bit frustrating that I didn’t have the time to call into PCGB HQ, would have probably bumped into some familiar faces, and I wanted some new window stickers Grin

We needed to get back to watch the North London Derby at 12:30pm, I’m spurs , Gary’s a gooner . In the event, an awful match , should have taken longer at Moreton-in-Marsh.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post and photos, congrats on a top quality purchase. I look forward to reading more as you get to know the car - enjoy!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want one. Also in Carrara White, so nobody notices the upgrade. Lovely.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mega congrats on a super looking GT. Thanks for sharing the experience. ENJOY Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simply perfect.

Congratulations!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoodJob

My final lingering thoughts of changing cars may well have just been put on hold until after we get back from our next EuroHoon. I'll follow you though as you're the one with a decent PCM.

Black Forest here we come. Dance Tap

Great plate too. Thumb Far better than the old BMW one. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

askgeez wrote:
Big Grin.

So turns out that John Holland (an established dealer in Sheffield), only opened their operation at Rennsport this week. I was their very first customer , and this was their first handover !


That makes sense. I was thinking what’s he going at Rennsport when he’s buying off a Sheffield dealer Floor

Great car to pick up though matey...did you get much trade in for the missus Question The Wife
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G2 wrote:


did you get much trade in for the missus Question The Wife


We divorced, i had to give her 50/50, even though the kids are with me 24/7. Wall Wall

She bought a small flat , I bought a Defender 90, some lovely floor standing B&W speakers that I have been coveting for a few years... and a GT3 Floor Floor

Life is way too short ! Was already in that mindset after losing my younger brother at 45, then someone close to my girlfriends family was killed instantly last friday, 2nd day into a boys skiing trip, age 48, same age as me Neutral
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Welcome to the asylum. Surely the very best way to travel. Thumb
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