PH Carpool: Porsche Carrera 3.6 (964)
Next up for our Porsche Carpool special: the 964 and its tame racing driver owner Sarah Bennett-Baggs
He's getting on a bit but Egbert's charms remain
Car: Porsche 911 Carrera 2 3.6 (964) - answers to the name of Egbert
Owned since: 2007
Previously owned: Before Egbert was a Honda S2000 which I couldn't bear to part with - I actually had both before I chopped the Honda in for a Suzuki SV650!
Why I bought it
What I wish I'd known
I never really thought twice about if I could afford to run, or insure, Egbert. I never even really thought perhaps wouldn't I really rather have a 993 or one that was mint condition? I quickly had Egbert resprayed, and have been buying bits for him ever since!
Things I love
The individuality of Egbert, he's different, and it's one of his endearing features. Nobody quite knows if he's a narrow-bodied turbo or an RS. He's Iris blue which is a 993 colour, he has a half-roll cage, an RS clutch, GT3 seats, full harness belts and, thanks to Steve Winters' magic touch, he is a bit quicker than the average 964. He may be getting on a bit, but he's still packs a punch and sounds fantastic.
Things I hate
I got a great deal for insurance through Adrian Flux Specialist insurers, which means Egbert doesn't cost me much more than the Golf runabout to insure. Parts are easily found on eBay or via PorscheShop and ownership doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. I keep him topped up with Mobil 1 - good quality oil, should last 24 months if you're not doing too many miles. Just keep an eye on the levels and check the engine belts for cracking or stretching. He gets fussed over quite a bit.
Where I've been
Who knows, it will have to be an addition rather than an 'instead of', as Egbert is well and truly part of the family now. But I did spot an Amethyst 964 RS on an RMA track day last year, which caught my eye!