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      08-02-2020 12:56 PM #76
      The L-77 actually fits nicely in a 944 bay, and the weight is within ten pounds of the original. It’s not a bad choice, as far as that goes. It looked like it pulled nicely but it was loud. These were luxury cars, somewhat quiet. The air, power steering etc that stuff should eventually work.

      (I say eventually because we are talking about the 944 here and this can take more than one try. )

      If I have an issue with it it’s actually that that engine belongs in certain Holdens and special police interceptors that are themselves excellent chassis and interesting in their own right. Those to me would be very interesting to know more about and as modern cars (comparatively) there’s no surprise to me that they are more capable than a 944 is.

      Agreed on the 1.8t- there’s a guy, Van Svenson who is a 944 whiz and he did this swap. The man knows these cars. I actually don’t know what happened to the stock engine, if it was blown, or if he bought it to swap but he has done a detailed video set of the build and its challenges. It also fits nicely.

      (You have to love a video that starts, “as I was designing my engine mounts it occurred to me...”)

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dH3L4swMkZs
      Last edited by fbobberts; 08-02-2020 at 01:06 PM.
      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-04-2020 06:02 PM #77
      Changed the fuel filter today. Had it sitting around for a while but haven't gotten around to it. Surprised by how much of an effect it had on the car.

      The car pulls noticeably better and smoother from the low end now. Now the only thing really annoying me is the engine mounts, but at the moment I'm not willing to shell out the 400Ä for the OEM Porsche ones and the after market ones are reportedly a waste of money. A project for the winter.






      I'm also slowly hanging up more and more stuff on my garage walls. Today I added two posters from two Porsche events I attended last year and the 1985 Porsche line-up! The wall in front of the car houses a photo of some of my friends including one who sadly is no longer with us, two photos I took and printed (one of my old E36, the other a roller of a friends old R32 Skyline) and the rest is all vintage ads from car magazines from the 80s and 90s.
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      08-05-2020 12:51 PM #78
      Interesting video.

      Quote Originally Posted by fbobberts View Post

      He had posted that he really didnít like the 2.5s and 3.0s and those engines were old and poor and needed a lot of help. Maybe. Help arrived in my old turbo in the form of a Lindsay kit and custom headers, a modified tial wastegate and chip and mapping, and a magnaflow exhaust. I was able to dial up 22 pounds of boost and about 300 HP, all still within the basic 951 envelope. Everything still worked, sort of, in the way these things do in the turbo cars. It also still got 22 mpg while dialing up five second 0-60s and was as shifty as a mini. It could and did humiliate modern traffic.

      (The fuel economy thing to me IS important. I know they are toys to a point but Porsche considered this important back in the day. My Ď79 911 got more than 20 mpg. Both my 944S do better than 22 mpg. I think thatís awesome. Putting a thirsty v8 goes against the eightiesness of the car.)
      My 24S was somewhat thirsty too. It was a great car in a lot of ways, had perfect visibility and suspension neither intrusively hard nor so soft that I ever wished for more control. All that with a better engine would be an excellent daily driver. Either of the EA888 engines would put the old 2.5 to shame.
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      08-06-2020 04:00 AM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by zukiphile View Post
      Interesting video....My 24S was somewhat thirsty too. It was a great car in a lot of ways, had perfect visibility and suspension neither intrusively hard nor so soft that I ever wished for more control. All that with a better engine would be an excellent daily driver. Either of the EA888 engines would put the old 2.5 to shame.
      Van’s an interesting guy. He’s done a bunch of reference YouTube work on the stock engines too, and he’s good, so he knew exactly where he was going with this build. His old videos are very good because he lays out his parts and tools and he knows what can go wrong on these cars. I think he was a race car builder.

      This guy is also good and funny:

      https://youtu.be/cSi5u8nRaoI

      He usually starts his video with a bouncy German “good morning my friends, another day with something wrong with my s2.” He has utterly no fear, he goes headlong into the big jobs. I’m going to do my motor mounts with the same attitude, “ah no hidden bolt, the regular Porsche engineer must have had the day off “

      I think he sold his 944 a bit ago and that’s too bad. This man is an artist with these cars.
      Last edited by fbobberts; 08-06-2020 at 04:08 AM.
      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-06-2020 08:38 AM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by fbobberts View Post
      This guy is also good and funny:

      https://youtu.be/cSi5u8nRaoI

      He usually starts his video with a bouncy German ďgood morning my friends, another day with something wrong with my s2.Ē He has utterly no fear, he goes headlong into the big jobs. Iím going to do my motor mounts with the same attitude, ďah no hidden bolt, the regular Porsche engineer must have had the day off ď

      I think he sold his 944 a bit ago and thatís too bad. This man is an artist with these cars.

      Without clicking the link, I immediately knew who you're talking of. Love his videos, they help a bunch.

      He's also pretty active on some German Porsche boards.
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      08-07-2020 01:52 AM #81
      I think...both my cars are on the road ... after cursed $400 ac compressor and both mounts that’s a nasty job. First time in a month. I went from o fer two to two fer two. In the middle there I also had my dd out of service for routine maintenance and so car ranked number three my blue 944S was in fact my only car. One morning just to frost my flakes it stuttered for a good half a minute before roaring to life. That car is staying around just to mess with me.
      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-07-2020 11:43 AM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr.AK View Post
      Now the only thing really annoying me is the engine mounts, but at the moment I'm not willing to shell out the 400€ for the OEM Porsche ones and the after market ones are reportedly a waste of money. A project for the winter.
      REIN: Parts # 951-375-042-04-M203

      Swear by them Porsche OEM And better than Meyle. 3 cars now. 100 Euros apiece or so.

      Mmm now need to align this thing maybe. Wobble at 80, barely noticeable. Or check the arms, az is hard on suspensions.
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      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-07-2020 12:06 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by fbobberts View Post
      Vanís an interesting guy. Heís done a bunch of reference YouTube work on the stock engines too, and heís good, so he knew exactly where he was going with this build. His old videos are very good because he lays out his parts and tools and he knows what can go wrong on these cars. I think he was a race car builder.

      This guy is also good and funny:

      https://youtu.be/cSi5u8nRaoI

      He usually starts his video with a bouncy German ďgood morning my friends, another day with something wrong with my s2.Ē He has utterly no fear, he goes headlong into the big jobs. Iím going to do my motor mounts with the same attitude, ďah no hidden bolt, the regular Porsche engineer must have had the day off ď

      I think he sold his 944 a bit ago and thatís too bad. This man is an artist with these cars.
      How could I not laugh at that?

      He sounds like the kind of guy you'd like to buy a beer and talk about cars at the pub.
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      08-08-2020 08:21 AM #84
      My friend got done editing his video about our Belgium tour and just posted it up on Youtube. It's pretty epic.

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      08-09-2020 01:35 AM #85
      Outstanding. A lot of great content.

      Rundown on motor mounts user 9FF on rennline:

      From all the past discussion over on RL, this is the consensus on MM's:

      Junk=URO, Deutsche Parts, Hamburg Technic
      Will last barely a year before they are out of spec/collapse.

      Mid range=Meyle
      People have reported them to still be in spec after 2+ years

      Good Quality = Rein
      As good as Porsche Branded from dealer. Alternative OEM supplier but now NLA unless NOS. (True you have to search)

      Top of the line=Porsche OEM from dealer
      2yr Porsche warranty, generally last 4-5 years.

      Itís going to be the right, passenger mount, Iíll bet you a years supply of Alt bier Iím right. Check the measurement (62mm) on the left and you MIGHT get away with just the one ungodly expensive right mount thatís impossible to install. For just that one mount - go OEM. I would do both, but thatís because my cars have no safe word.
      Last edited by fbobberts; 08-09-2020 at 01:42 AM.
      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-09-2020 08:44 AM #86
      Yeah I've heard that the right one is always the problem.

      Thanks for the listing, I had actually been contemplating the URO parts as I hadn't found anything on them and this one German shop (partworks) is advertising them as "finally a better solution than Meyle that is not as expensive as OEM).

      Here's one from last night:

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      08-09-2020 02:59 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr.AK View Post
      Yeah I've heard that the right one is always the problem.

      Thanks for the listing, I had actually been contemplating the URO parts as I hadn't found anything on them and this one German shop (partworks) is advertising them as "finally a better solution than Meyle that is not as expensive as OEM).

      Here's one from last night:

      Nice
      I’ve had good luck with Hamburg T on upper strut mounts, but those are solid rubber. I’m guessing the objection might be that uro and Hamburg make solid rather than hydraulic mounts. Not sure. Hamburg Techhniks 944S upper strut mounts are right now the only “oem” source as Porsche has them NLA.
      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-09-2020 03:52 PM #88
      Hmmm, according to partworks, the URO ones are hydraulic as well...

      https://partworks.de/en-briefware-au...ram=motorlager
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      08-16-2020 05:01 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr.AK View Post
      Hmmm, according to partworks, the URO ones are hydraulic as well...

      https://partworks.de/en-briefware-au...ram=motorlager
      To your point Iíve used other URO stuff and itís been okay. But I swear by Rein.
      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-19-2020 06:36 PM #90
      Both of my cars are competing for the chance, once this COVID stuff gets better, to do a Pacific Highway jaunt. In order to do this I test them constantly on more and more complex journeys. If they break In a mission critical way they go back to zero.

      There really is no other way. I have a series of ever longer loops- the 202 full, Bartlett Lake, winkleman / globe / devils canyon , lake Roosevelt- these push 200 plus miles. Payson - pine -cottonwood - Jerome - chandler pushes 300. The Canyon and back is five hundred or so, and Las Vegas is pushing 700. Albuquerque and LA rt are going to be a thousand miles- I have a garage in abq I could use in a pinch but LA is potentially hostile territory. Like the moon you donít try it until you are ready.

      For most of the last year the red car had the lead as it was taken better care of in general by the PO to the PO. The PO did let it sit but he did at least get it started here and there, and the previous guy was a maniac like Dr. Ak about servicing it so it had a foundation of some care. Yes it needed the front end stuff done and a new clutch but once completed itís been a solid performer until it busted my compressor and shut down the alternator on a simple run.

      This car is fixed, but like the Russian moon program I am very fickle with my choice of preferred booster, and suddenly the blue car with its wondrous new rack, power steering and strut mounts and utterly bulletproof ac was the slightly better driver. This car had languished in the hands of its meathead flipper PO and his evil detail -me - only henchmen. While it has six months less care in my motivated hands, it also has half the overall mileage of the red car and is responding very well to a determined wrench, always a good sign with an old German car.

      So a weekend ago during the heat advisory I fired up a Prescott run, a good test of heat management for an old 944, because this run has some mountain bits.

      You get there by driving through over an hour of desert that gets increasingly remote...







      Until you make it past wickenburg and make the turn to the Granite mountains





      I did not take this on in the early morning. It was the heat of the day. It was 118 degrees and I had the air on. I did take it off for a bit on steep upswings, but the temp was stable and it held.

      Switchbacks!







      About seven miles out of Prescott a funny thing happened - my gas gauge is hit or miss for functionality, but I donít really care. Iíve swapped the sender but itís in the cluster. But on this trip the odometer also gave up the ghost. I do use that to track when to add fuel. Iíd just added gas and I knew the mileage home, but having them both out was disconcerting. When this happened on a Bimmer I owned I ran that thing out of gas inside three weeks even though I promised myself I wouldnít. That little red plastic container is the Walk of Shame.

      But the gas gauge came on inside a mile. It stayed on the rest of the trip. The sudden reappearance of a 944 electrical function that had previously failed just when you need it most is some kind of a Stuttgart Miracle.



      On to the gastro pub and then home:



      The Blue car is ahead. I need to fix the jumpered cluster the evil minions tampered with and as it turns out the Oil level sender, but itís getting closer. The secret to these cars is to drive them, to push them, and then to fix them. Itís not cheap nor easy, but it works, and sometimes you catch a break.
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      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-20-2020 06:47 AM #91
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      The secret to these cars is to drive them, to push them, and then to fix them. Itís not cheap nor easy, but it works, and sometimes you catch a break.
      I think that's exactly it. They WANT to be driven. And when you drive them regularly they will more or less work like a well oiled clockwork mechanism (as long as the basic maintenance has been kept up). The thing is that they have very, very often went through owners that did not care for them properly and thus many of them have a lack of maintenance and/or questionable work done to them and will surprise you sooner or later, which is kind of the reason why they get a bad reputation as being unreliable and fickle. I am of the opinion that once they have been brought back to spec, regarding their maintenance they are actually not any worse than any other 30+ year old sports car.

      Looks like a good drive! I sometimes envy you US guys for those wide open landscapes. That's something you really don't find here and something I'd really like to see one day.

      Mine's been sitting in the garage for a week now as we've had a lot of heavy rain with some flooded streets and thus I drove my Ford for the time being.
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      08-20-2020 09:23 AM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by fbobberts View Post
      The secret to these cars is to drive them, to push them, and then to fix them. Itís not cheap nor easy, but it works, and sometimes you catch a break.
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      I think that's exactly it. They WANT to be driven.
      Totally agree. I built the motor of my 951 before my oldest daughter was born. Parked it in my barn and that was that. Covered 20 miles in 7 years which was quick shots down the road and back.....nothing more. A few weeks ago I decided to sideline my M3 and drive this car. What a scream! The more I drive it the better it gets (probably due to the fresh gas....LOL)

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      08-20-2020 05:25 PM #93
      Pretty nifty turbo, there. <img src="https://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/heart.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Heart" class="inlineimg" />


      Found a picture of mine:

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      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      08-30-2020 02:45 PM #94
      Okay got ahold of another cluster for an S from LARTS near Long Beach, he’s invaluable. Problem solved:



      Well, I create my own problems.

      Just before the pandemic I drove down to Tucson to buy a gorgeous wheel from a guy who was updating a 911 carrera 3.0 from the mid seventies. His was one of those complete from the bottom bolts up restorations I can only dream about; he had done drip rails and Euro bumpers and body kitting and it was nearly on the road.

      I’d read that 911 wheels will fit the next gen 944 after them, and ummm, strictly speaking this was correct. I’d forgotten (misplaced) my trusty big ratchet that day so I wasn’t able to test the splines. It was a beauty and in blue- I actually tried to convince him that such a nice wheel should stay with the car, even needing some repair and resewing. He was adamant to sell. (That wheel, repaired, in blue was worth more than five hundred bucks to the right 911 guy.)

      I pushed on, resewing the beautiful blue leather with a time consuming reverse baseball backstitch and then redyeing it (!) black to match my car. Three coats of resolene, some conditioner, sealant and protectant and the wheel is like new- better maybe since stock wheels are single row stitched.



      One nagging detail is 1984 944s use the 48 tooth 21mm spline of a mid seventies 911. But my 944, a 1987 model, uses the 40 tooth 17mm spline. The wheel opening is too big to fit on the steering shaft. (I suddenly decided to broaden my expertise on this only after it became obvious I had uncorked a truly wild throw even by my standards.)

      “You resewed and redyed a valuable 911 wheel that does not even fit your car?”



      “Stupid is as stupid does”

      There’s two ways to fix this - the sublime method, similar to VWs of a certain era- devise a spline adapter to fit the bigger wheel on the smaller shaft. VW did this for Mark 1 golfs, etc and they sold them for years. VW adapters go 26mm to 17mm too, so milling one down is an option. I do have concerns that the material won’t take the hoop stress, and so a company in Holland that specializes in this might be a better plan. Oddly enough no one sells such an option already. I would think with all the 944, 928 and 911 wheels out there looking for homes in different Porsches this would be a help.

      The second plan, the brute force plan, would be to grind the rivets off that center hoop that sits in the middle of the wheel, remove it, and find another busted up 17mm version. Do the same removal and swap hoops, four seven mm bolts and you are done, a 17mm 40 spline hub. This is simple and cheap, but it does destroy my nifty wheel.

      A third plan is mount the nice wheel in my garage and just use the perfectly fine wheel I have, and stop thinking so much about this stupid car. I’ve rejected this plan out of hand. You judge a man by his obsessions.
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      I decided to calculate the actual cost of ownership in 3 years and 0 miles driven(maybe 2-3 miles pushed) the 951 cost me $3695.21(maintenance parts). If I was a betting men, I would bet that this is far from the total this 951 will cost me. (PawaK_2001)

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      10-12-2020 08:02 PM #95
      That's a moment of genius with that wheel, mate.

      An update on mine... well, not much really.

      Everything is running great at the moment still. *knocks on wood*

      I've been more or less daily driving the car for the past few months. Now that autumn is starting in full force with a lot of rain, the Porsche has been sitting in the Garage for the last three weeks now with only a few outings here and there.

      It does make for a surprisingly good daily driver. I don't think I'd be comfortable owning one as my only car simply due to sheer age and the potential for failures, but if you have a car to fall back on if it has a problem it's quite fun to use it as a runaround. Hell, the trunk is even big enough to fit some grocery shopping.







      On the 21st August I drove the 944 to a small meet in Cologne. It was a small meet to celebrate the release of issue two of Sight.Magazine, a indie Porsche magazine.

















      On the 4. September I went to another meet, a Porsche meet in Essen at the Zeche Zollverein. Zeche Zollverein is an old coal mining site as the Ruhr area is famous for. Pretty cool spot!




















      The next day I met up with a friend who owns a slightly bigger car than me...









      I rode with him in the Caprice to a US car show in Hannover - the story of which got posted up on Speedhunters! http://www.speedhunters.com/2020/09/...rs-in-germany/

      I gotta say, the two cars couldn't be more different, especially considering that they were made barely months apart and the basic construction of both cars dates back to the 70s. The 944 is from late '87, the Caprice from early '88. It's actually a German spec model that some guy here ordered when he retired. After he died a few years later the car mostly sat until my friend bought it and fixed it back up. Pretty low miles and very likely one of the best Caprices in the country. Quite a culture shock when coming from the 944, though.


      On the 13th September a few friends planned a run through the Eifel. Amazing road selection (the route even took us through a stretch of road that is used for an annual hillclimb race and I can easily see why... Here's a youtube video of last year's race: https://youtu.be/iXZG0TlZVk8













      The roads started out relatively tame but quickly became a frenzy of narrow corners snaking through the woods of the Eifel. There's something absolutely magical about the combination of a 944 and roads like these. While the car can be considered a rather comfortable small GT, this is where it truly shines. For sure there are faster cars out there, there are even better handling cars. But in terms of sheer driving fun, I'd wager it's one of the best driving experiences that is still affordable. With the absolutely perfect driving position you feel like you're the center of the car and very quickly it feels like you are one with the machine. Pedal to the metal, the 16 valve engine roaring in anger as you're accelerating in third gear. Hard braking for the next corner, downshift into second while turning into the switchback. Back on the throttle with the car just absolutely hugging the road as it slingshots out of the corner, hot on the heels of another transaxle Porsche in front of you. As the needle climbs past 6000 you smoothly shift up into third gear. These are the moments where you're absolutely free. Obligations? None. Problems? Don't matter. The only thing that matters is the synergy between you and the car, right here, right in this moment. Your mind is clear, fully focused on the stretch of black tarmac in front of you. As the tail lights of the car in front of you light up as it brakes for the next corner you become hyperaware. As the 924 in front of you vanishes around the bend your feet are dancing across the pedals, braking, shifting down into second. As you step back on the throttle, you feel the suspension hunching down on the outer rear wheel as you push the car through the corner. The car is screaming at you, 'More!' it demands. 'I need MORE!' it seems to shout. This driving machine demands for you to feed it's hunger for corners. Willingly you oblige as you dive into the next corner, keenly aware of everything happening around you. You've become a part of the machine. As the cars fly out of the forst and crest a hill overlooking a clear lake you gradually let off the throttle and just coast along for a moment, a smile on your face. Your eyes catch sight of the road as it looks like someone just poured some asphalt down the side of the mountain. The corners are just waiting for you, seducing you to come dance through them. You grip the steering wheel a bit tigher and vanish into the woods, following the grey band of bliss underneath your wheels.

      It's an absolute rush getting to drive one of these cars on twisty roads. Each time I drive the car I fall more and more in love. I literally can not wait for the weekend as we've got another Eifel run planned, this time with a stop at the NŁrburgring as well. After that it's time to park the car for some scheduled maintenance.

      That brings us more or less up to date. Yesterday I went out on a short run with a friend in his turbo wagon, a Volvo V70R. I quite like these scandinavian bricks. Although I am more partial to the 850 as it's even blockier. This V70R is actually my friend's daily driver - his garage includes another old Volvo, a 740 Turbo and the car through which we met - a black 968, which I hope to shoot sometine soon as well.















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      10-12-2020 11:34 PM #96
      Beautiful pictures!

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      10-13-2020 10:26 AM #97
      Thanks for that, those pictures really took me back. I used to live near Maastricht, and those drives through the eifel are a blast. Great thread!

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