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FelixP

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147 posts

39 months

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Time for an update!

I sold my old front seats for £50 more than the whole new interior cost me! Result!

At the end of July, I made some photographs of my car with a fancy camera a friend had just bought:



And with a phone:



After that I turned up at Silverstone to see some 924's go around a track



I could do this to mine. Probably won't.



Then later in August, I took 10 days out of my casual part time job and got very tired. These are the places I'd visit, with all the bits on the contient travelled on my bicycle:



First up, the drive to North Wales, where I met with someone in Llandudno to photograph their Celica. There was a lot of holiday traffic on the way up, which is a shame, since it's a great drive.



The Celica had bike carbs and straight pipes. I knew the location I was going to use was a few feet away from the garage, but straight pipes man. So, we duly upset the whole town.



I then checked into my hotel in Llandudno a bit late and upset Mrs Fawlty. I skipped breakfast and headed over to Crewe, where I photographed a lovely 924S for the Owners club mag. It was lowered slightly, which made a huge difference.



That afternoon I drove over to Wigan and met Fil, who had “some” 924's. He'd borrowed garages from other people on the street long term and his vast collection of cars had become a centre of the community, it was fantastic. The man owned six 924's, covering most models, conditions, modifications etc. I loved it! Here's just one garage.







Oh a clutch. Ominous.



It was a nice evening to drive to Edinburgh, so I decided to take the scenic route. I ate this Twirl at Morecambe Bay.





Looking over the ravines in my dash. Scotland ahead!



I came over all Alan Partridge and was excited to stop at what is apparently the best service station in England. It was alright. I doubt it sees the same kind of traffic as competitors.



Scotland, at last!



The seats lie, the headlining tells the truth.



It was dark by the time I got to Edinburgh, however it was still a fun drive up, especially once the motorway finishes at the end. Arriving in the centre when the Fringe festival was in full flow was great too!

I was up there to hang out with some old friends and make some photographs of their show. They spent a year saving up to put on the show, rent a house etc and were having a great time. I got to share the living room, which was better than some hotels!



Peeking out the window at my faithful 924.



All packed & ready to drive back to Cardiff.



Quick fly count!



I clicked avoid motorways. The Sat-Nav took ages to plan a route.



Leaving Edinburgh.



Trouble!



In Carlisle, my clutch pedal went to the floor. I pulled over, lifted the bonnet & found the cable in perfect condition. I made a quick call to the AA whilst lots of sad thoughts went through my head. A Scottish patrol man called Thomas arrived. We realised the actual clutch pedal was broken, it snapped in two right at the top. At this point it was clear Thomas was not going to tow me to Cardiff and I was a mere 1.6 miles from the M6. We took the pedal to a Halfords Auto Centre, who welded it back together on the shop floor. It was a bit of a nightmare hooking the cable up again, but from phoning the AA to being on my way to the M6 took under 2 hours, not bad! Thomas then followed me up to the M6, dashing any hopes of the scenic route. I knew if I took to the A roads and my pedal snapped again, Thomas would be over in minutes to promptly smack me on the head with it. I put in quite a long stint of driving, from Carlisle to Cardiff with about 3 gear changes. There's not another car I'd rather take for something like that!

The next day I drove down to Dover with a friend (albeit in their Clio) and cycled onto the ferry:



The first night we made a bit of a miscalculation and our hotel was 86.2 miles away. Getting off the ferry at 5pm, we were in our hotel in Holland for 10:30pm. I saw this gorgeous Alfa Romeo on the way:



I revisited some of the places I'd driven through in April, only on my bike.



Some reasons to move out of Wales.



For the cyclists who might be reading, this is my Italian Stallion! I wish my car was as good in relative terms...



Then back on the ferry, sporting some impressive tan lines:



And finally, I was late to the Retro Rides Gathering at Prescott Hill Climb and couldn't possibly drink enough coffee. Which was all awful compared to that continental stuff anyway.





Next trip is this:



Dijon isn't THAT far from Geneva, which isn't THAT far from Turin. Any suggestions?

Chunkychucky

4,092 posts

53 months

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Another awesome post! cool Entertaining reading and good humour too, those cafe meals are certainly worth moving out of Wales for... hehe

What's the insurance like on 924s? Had a mint 1985 924 Lux when I was 16 intending to use it as my first car but got laughed at by every insurance company so had to sell, would love another...

JB!

4,085 posts

64 months

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Great read! biggrin

DHE

2,818 posts

74 months

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Another great post, Felix. Good to see the 924 is mainly behaving. You should try & get to another breakfast meet.

John Boy 616

127 posts

49 months

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Superb! Keep posting, never get tired of reading of your exploits
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Ayahuasca

17,985 posts

163 months

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Good writing skills. Nice car. I had a two-tone metallic green 924 turbo as a first car but sadly we didn't get on.


davey sprocket

39 posts

69 months

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Dear PH.

Please give this bloke a job.

Regards, Davey.


beer

John Boy 616

127 posts

49 months

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I second that!

davey sprocket said:
Dear PH.

Please give this bloke a job.

Regards, Davey.


beer

FelixP

Original Poster:

147 posts

39 months

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Thanks again all!

This weekend I got back from another trip and whilst I didn't have my 924 with me, it has reaffirmed my love for it once more.

A few weeks ago I was helping out a friend on a shoot when he mentioned he was shooting some fashion work in Turkey and I could come along if I paid for my flight and helped haul some gear around and drive the rental car for him. Of course, a week in Turkey for the cost of an Easyjet flight was too tempting!

Arriving in Anatalya late at night, we picked up the hire car. The mighty Fiat Albea 1.4. I then had to drive 2 1/2 hours on Turkish roads at night to Alanya, where we would be working. Immediately I realised this was quite a big ask and combined with the unfamiliarity of a LHD FWD car with assisted everything, it wasn't the most relaxing of journeys.

To summarise driving in Turkey: Green lights mean go, amber means go, go, go and red means coaches jump the lights at about 70mph on the hard shoulder. This is because there are no sliproads on main roads, but sets of seemingly optional traffic lights!

After a few days my confidence improved and it was decided the hire car should be thoroughly abused for the sake of it. We drove up a mountain on a gravel road and didn't get a puncture or anything! Another day I had to pick up a model from her hometown, drive to the locations and take her back, 10 hours of driving in total. This was the hardest day of driving ever, and it's great to be back in the UK where people drive on the correct side of the road and obey traffic laws!











We had a GoPro too for some onboard shots, which were then made into a silly Drive parody and promptly uploaded to Facebook before I even knew about it.


On the last day we did manage a well deserved puncture. A screw went through the tyre and it was completely flat, just a few hours before we had to drive to the airport! Luckily, we'd befriended the staff at a restaurant (we went every night to eat and drink and drink) and we used one as a fixer. He directed us to a garage who removed the tyre off the rim, fixed the puncture and put it back on the rim for 5 Turkish Lira. That's £1.72

The car culture was very different, all the cars were very average but there was some ingenious modifying going on. The language barrier was a problem at times but I'd love to go back!











And what does this have to do with my 924? Well, the whole time I was there, I was wishing it was too! After 28 hours of travel connections from Turkey, I had a quick nap and then went out for a drive. The car started as always, and I hunkered down into the tombstone seats, battled with the heavy steering, fumbled with the clutch and smelt the oil. In the last 18 months I've driven my 924 and a 944 S2. Coming out of the Fiat Albea, which was gutless and handled like a plate of jelly, I have a whole new apprecation for the handling of the 924. Then there's the visceral feeling of controlling all the mechanical parts, I wouldn't change it! Expect maybe for a 924 Turbo...

Tomorrow I'm leaving once more, this time for Dijon and the Trophées Historiques de Bourgogne. Whilst I'm down that way, I'm going to make the most of it and return via Switzerland, maybe check out the Porsche museum, pass through Luxembourg and then up through Belgium back to the ferry. By the time I return on Wednesday my 924 will have been in 10 countries this year! Then November is MOT & Tax time and December I'll have owned it for 2 years.

Parabola

1,297 posts

81 months

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Really enjoying you posts. Thanks for taking the time to put them up here.

What camera/ processing are you using for the photos? They all have a lovely 'warm' feel to them.


smile

zabba

478 posts

99 months

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Parabola said:
What camera/ processing are you using for the photos? They all have a lovely 'warm' feel to them.


smile
I would like to know this as well, great photos, great stories, great thread!

aka_kerrly

7,257 posts

94 months

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You do get about a bit don't you!

Love the updates, amazing insight into 924 ownership.

Evo

3,352 posts

138 months

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Please keep the posts going, I regret selling my 924 and reading your posts has been very enjoyable.I think in the future the 924 will be a rare little car, a bit like the 914.

I really like the clean un-cluttered lines, it's such a pure classic 80's Porsche outline.

I'm going to start looking for a 2.5S next year.

Ordinary_Chap

7,520 posts

127 months

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Truly superb thread and well done for living well!

I have just come back from Turkey and really enjoyed the place too.

Your adventures and writing style are utterly compelling! I third getting your a job on PH!

Lee

Mr.Jimbo

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67 months

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FelixP said:
  • sucks in air through teeth*
Yep, thought so. Your Agik is on the Kapi. Lorra' money I'm afraid.

Excellent write up, lovely car smile

neal1980

2,185 posts

123 months

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John Boy 616 said:
I second that!

davey sprocket said:
Dear PH.

Please give this bloke a job.

Regards, Davey.


beer
+3 great writing, great read smile

jonny142

541 posts

109 months

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Just found this thread ..brilliant writing as has been said..It what makes PH a great site smile

matc

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91 months

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jonny142 said:
Just found this thread ..brilliant writing as has been said..It what makes PH a great site smile
Couldn't agree more, a truly great read. thumbup

s m

10,186 posts

87 months

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Just found this too - one of the best things I've ever read on here!

Thanks for taking the time clap

CedricN

205 posts

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This really is a great thread, i come by from time to time to see if there is any new story smile

So with your driving tours you should be up here in sweden soon smile Ill promise you can borrow my 924 Turbo smile
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