911 COFFEE RUN
While the clubbers stumbled home and before the first cup of coffee had touched peoples lips, we slinked through the North Lanes in Brighton with Toby and his 911.
Tom and I love an underdog. We feel like lots of the cars we see don’t get enough credit for either their design innovation or place in history. The 911 is a different story. It’s a car that’s almost universally loved - holding its own - no manufacturer can compete with its little genre. With the title of “the everyday supercar” it really seems like the ultimate lifestyle choice.
This 911 is an ‘86 Carrera, the naturally aspirated 3.2L flat six with the G50 gearbox, so prancing around Brighton seemed like the perfect chance to see what’s what. The question here is simply; to get on the hype train, or not.
"I STARTED IT UP AND ALL THE NOISE CAME FROM BEHIND ME, THERE WAS NO BONNET TO BE SEEN. IT WAS JUST REALLY WEIRD." - Toby Forer
“I’ll never forget when I first took the keys after I’d bought it off my father. I thought ‘shit I’m about to drive from Basingstoke to Brighton in a car I’ve just loved for so many years, do I need to pinch myself? I started it up and all the noise came from behind me, there was no bonnet to be seen. It was just really weird."
After snaking through Brighton’s flurry of morning delivery drivers and tired commuters, we managed to break onto the seafront for a blast of that timeless flat six. What. A. Surge. It’s not a car that snaps at you, it’s a progressive confident thrust in the base of your spine. Okay so we’re not talking mega power numbers here (231 bhp). It’s daily useable power that can make you grin at any moment - torque that’s always available - pin your foot at any point in the rev range and it will shoot forward.
"IT’S NOT A CAR THAT SNAPS AT YOU, IT’S A PROGRESSIVE CONFIDENT THRUST IN THE BASE OF YOUR SPINE."
“It’s effortless. You don’t need to go to the red line, but when it does hit 4 or 5 thousand it really comes alive. It truly does sound great!”
In our books, the 80s takes the title as the most recognisable design era of the 20th century. And when you think 80s, you naturally think 911. Brick phones and big wings - the 911 was the steed of your average Yuppie (young urban professional - yes I had to google it), typically found racing laps around the M25 in the middle of the night. Now 30 years into the future the phones have moved on, but what about cars? Well, the 911 still looks roughly the same, and they’re still cool. So Porsche must have done something right.
“I don’t need to worry about speed bumps, people scratching it or whatever, because I feel people think it’s cool. There’s a kind of respect for it whereas with my Ferrari F430 there isn’t. There’s that flashness to it, people don’t respect it.”
Since Porsche’s announcement about making every 911 turbo-charged, the non-turbo 911s have been going like hotcakes. It seems buying a 911 isn’t so much about which year it’s from, it’s simply ‘oh, which one have you got?”.
"MY TWO KIDS ARE FIGHTING OVER THIS ONE." - Toby Forer
“When I bought it I never never thought that so many people would like it. My two kids are fighting over this one. Driving down through the lanes people are snapping pictures of it. It has gone from this dated 911 three or four years ago, where you always want the newer one, to it all of a sudden becoming retro-classic."
Porsche are doing quite well with their branding. I want one. Other Tom certainly wants one. Most people want one. They’re popular. Meeting toby and his 911 was honestly pure self-indulgence. So, we don’t really have any sort of conclusion. There’s nothing for us to really say other than to simply sit back, nod our heads and agree: ‘yeah. I would’.