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J80 EWN
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:18 pm    Post subject: 997.1 Turbo - The Stormtrooper Reply with quote

After a coupe of years of Cayman S ownership, I decided it was time for a new addition. I had always had my heart set on a 997 turbo following a jaw dropping encounter with a Guards red 997.1TT at Bristol Airport late 2006, Thinking Life is too short and 14 years is long enough to wait right?
Over a few weeks during my hitch at sea, I trawled the net to find an example that met all the criteria, a low mileage example with good history , Mezger motor, Manual box , Black interior and it had to be Guards Red or Carrara White (which seemed to narrow down the search greatly )

I found exactly what I was looking for at the Porsche Centre Tewkesbury (Dick Lovett Franchise) With only 12k Surprised on the Clock, full OPC history and a few added extras on top of what I’d wanted …….Factory turbo Aero Kit, adaptive Seats with red belts, painted Seat backs and Centre Console , sport chrono package also the added bonus of a 2 year OPC Warranty.

I got in touch with Tom at the dealership who was very helpful. He promptly answered the multitude of questions I had about the car, its history and condition as well as providing the build sheet, 111 point and Over-rev check results. He put the car on the ramp took photos of every square inch of the underside after I asked , nothing was a problem. Tandem pump and a couple of suspension components had been picked up on the 111 and would be replaced prior to sale. We negotiated a price and I secured the car with a deposit

10 days later I flew into BHX on my long journey home from Sarawak, Borneo . I was met by a driver and taken to the dealership where I received a very warm welcome. Gave the Car a once over myself after another jaw dropping encounter..... in the flesh “The Stormtrooper” was everything I had hoped for... the deal was done, followed by an Evening meal and stopover in the Tewkesbury Park Hotel courtesy of Porsche. The Service i recieved from Porsche centre Tewkesbury was second to none.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a few hours kip, in the very early hours I began the 483 mile journey up to Inverness, which I can only describe as the best drive home from work....EVER! The Quiet motorways were a great opportunity to stretch her legs a little... although a very familiar Porsche feel the power delivery from the Mezger/ VTG turbos was Mind-blowing, like no other car I’ve driven. Did stop grinning for the whole 9 hours behind the wheel.

After breakfast stop at Southwaite, I was met by clanky at Aviemore for a coffee and a catch up followed by a flying visit to A11 YKF after arriving back in Sneck. Then headed home for the sleep of the century!!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fast Forward a few weeks...... off to my good friend Mike (extremedetail) to be polished, then a coating of Feynlab Ceramics prior to being tucked away for the winter.

He also set about removing the slightly yellowed Stone chip protectors to set my OCD at ease... then applied uv resistant replacements i had sourced from type911shop.co.uk , made a world of difference.... you cant see them anymore! thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy cow worship

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She looks fabulous in white, congratulations on a lovely purchase thumbsup

Obviously you have to put a model Stormtrooper on the dash now Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kurlykris wrote:
She looks fabulous in white, congratulations on a lovely purchase thumbsup

Obviously you have to put a model Stormtrooper on the dash now Grin


Or wear a Storm trooper costume when driving it Star Wars

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fab looking motor - great choice.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, love the level of detail your going to in getting perfect to how you want it. I did the same with GT3 and still haven’t finished, last job is to clean the engine from the underneath!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Nice Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing OP. Do you mind PMing me price you paid. Have the same car with similar miles so be nice to know for insurance renewal Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! A great choice.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got to love a Carrara White 911!
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J80 EWN
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HSC911 wrote:
Holy cow worship

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I know! i still say something similar every time the garage door rolls up Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squire wrote:
Congrats, love the level of detail your going to in getting perfect to how you want it. I did the same with GT3 and still haven’t finished, last job is to clean the engine from the underneath!

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Thats what its all about Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
Got to love a Carrara White 911!


Very Happy I had my heart set on Guards red for a long, long time but more recently started swaying toward the white.... seemed to be 2 of the hardest colours to find for a 997 turbo, Majority seen to be black and grey, They all look stunning but my Cayman is black and ive had my fair share of gunmetal grey cars so was determined to have something different this time around Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J80 EWN wrote:
MaxA wrote:
Got to love a Carrara White 911!


Very Happy I had my heart set on Guards red for a long, long time but more recently started swaying toward the white.... seemed to be 2 of the hardest colours to find for a 997 turbo, Majority seen to be black and grey, They all look stunning but my Cayman is black and ive had my fair share of gunmetal grey cars so was determined to have something different this time around Smile


I was struggling to find a 911 that didn't have a complete interior from carpet to headlining that wasn't in red... but I was shopping in Dubai. And since it's a hot country, dark colours don't make any sense.

But as my buddy Terry said (who also did the Feynlab ceramic coating), 'race cars always come in white'.
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J80 EWN
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HSC911 wrote:
kurlykris wrote:
She looks fabulous in white, congratulations on a lovely purchase thumbsup

Obviously you have to put a model Stormtrooper on the dash now Grin


Or wear a Storm trooper costume when driving it Star Wars

Grin


Now theres an idea! We actually have a local Stormtrooper who turns up at public events / collects for charity, hopefully we are in the same place at the same time at some point and collaborate!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice , so love the turbo aero deck lid. If you ever deside to go for a bigger rear wing I will gladly cross your parm with silver for it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tgdesign wrote:
Very nice , so love the turbo aero deck lid. If you ever deside to go for a bigger rear wing I will gladly cross your parm with silver for it.

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Ha not a chance, That will be staying Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After some frustrating trial and error with various CANbus sidelight bulbs I sourced a set through stripey-elite eBay store which dont flag up dash warnings,

Not sure if other 997 models CANbus are as tempremental but the turbo didnt seem to be as easily pleased as other cars ive had.

A subtle mod which has made a huge difference to the front end, at just over £5 a pair you cant go wrong.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-T10-501-W5W-5SMD-LED-CANBUS-XENON-SIDELIGHT-INTERIOR-HID-UPGRADE-WHITE-BLUE/371599567737?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=640610736622&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

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