Machine Mart


A little light lunchtime reading – just received the latest copy of the Machine Mart spring/summer catalogue, so everything else is on hold for a while. Its 476 pages are stuffed full of all sorts of tools and kit that you probably don’t actually need but would be brilliant to have. Having said that, I am actually in the market for a decent pressure washer and a powered car polisher, honestly I am…

996 donor

3.6-litre Boxster 986?

Graeme Cook


Chinwagging with Graeme Cook (pictured above) from Douglas Valley Breakers recently (check out the May issue, available soon), he suggested that the way to make my 986 Boxster 3.2S quicker is to install a 3.6-litre unit from the 996. He doesn’t seem to think it’s too difficult an operation and, of course, he’s sitting on a ready supply of  donor motors. Sounds like it could be a cracking project car…

New GT3 RS launches at Geneva

911 GT3 RS
911 GT3 RS

Stop press! New GT3 RS launches at Geneva Motor Show. This is the even more extreme version of the GT3 and so naturally gets more get up and go, with 500bhp on tap from its 4-litre flat six, which means it’s all-important Nurburgring lap time is 7mins 20secs, which Porsche points out is 9secs quicker than the V10 Carrera GT. Yes, it’s PDK only, which allows such gizmos as a limiting ‘pit speed’ button. More importantly, though, we’re drawn to the ‘intelligent lightweight design’ which sees the use of magnesium for the roof and carbon fibre for the engine and luggage compartment lids. We like the front wheel arch vents and recess that extends from the front lid and across the roof, a clear nod to classic 911 models. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and variable rear axle diff lock should give it stunning agility, but right now we’ll just have to make do with looking at it!

Douglas Valley

Drive carefully, or else

Pay attention out there…
Pay attention out there…


If you think you see a lot of Porsches on the roads these days, then a visit to Douglas Valley Breakers will make you realise that there could be many more if people didn’t keep crashing them. Some of the models on DVB’s sky-high racks will bring you to the brink of tears. See more in a future issue of 911 & Porsche World.

Webber car (1)

Guess who we raced last Saturday…

Porsche WEC star, Mark Webber, stresses the importance of high levels of fitness for the modern racing driver
Porsche WEC star, Mark Webber, stresses the importance of high levels of fitness for the modern racing driver

All right, you don’t really have to guess because it’s pretty bloomin’ obvious. But crucially, no cars were involved. Mr Webber was at the Porsche facility at Silverstone to promote the ‘Get Race Fit’ programme, run by the Porsche Human Performance chaps. We raced him through a rope ladder on the floor. Who won? Well, put it this way, it’s not just behind the wheel that the tall Aussie is super-competitive…


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