WHAT’S INSIDE THE JANUARY 2017 ISSUE OF 911 & PORSCHE WORLD?

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From the Editor…

UP FRONT… Can we really build a Porsche that looks and drives better than Porsche itself? Well judging by the contents of this issue, there are plenty of folk that reckon they can…

What is it about modifying and Porsches that goes so hand-in-hand? If this issue were to have a theme, then ‘modifying’ would certainly be it. From TechArt’s pro efforts in extracting more visual glamour and more go from the Boxster 718 and 991, to modified 964s from Tech 9 and a Supercharged 964 Cabriolet in Gulf colours. And then, of course, there’s our own Porsches’ lurking in the back of the magazine, where most are modified in some way too. Why do we do it? Well it’s rather like a drug I suspect. Once started on the slippery slope of modification, perfection is but a tweak away and so we keep on playing. In some respects a standard Porsche is a blank canvas. That’s certainly how I see my own silver 996 C2, a blanker, blander canvas you couldn’t wish for. My inclination is for lowered restraint, whereas my esteemed colleague – one J.Tipler – has thrown the visual works at his own silver 996, but that’s the beauty of the modifying game. No one is right and no one is wrong, it’s individual expression on four wheels. Of course, rather like domestic trends, there are things that no one would now countenance. ‘Updating’ a pre ‘74 Porsche to full Turbo look now seems like madness, just like ripping out a period fireplace or covering a panelled door, but at the time it was all about modernising. Sometimes I wish I could just stop messing around. I’ve undoubtedly spoilt plenty of cars over the years, and quite why I think I can do a better job than Porsche’s engineers is frankly beyond me. But then I’m certainly not the only one as is proved in this very issue!

Steve Bennett
Email: porscheworld@chpltd.com


 

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