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GT2 car wash

Posted: May 19, 2015

Just found this old picture from last year when we got 3 GT2s together for a drive out, had a stop off to wash them down before going on to a car event.

Good times Happy ... read the rest

First GT2 drive in 5 weeks

Posted: April 23, 2015

The GT2 has been sat in the garage as I've been a bit busy with work, house renovations and getting to know the Cayman R.

Yesterday I decided to get it out of the garage to wash it, went to put it away after and it wouldn't start, that's what you ... read the rest

Cayman R collected

Posted: March 19, 2015

This afternoon I collected the Cayman R from the local(ish) Porsche Centre.

The drive home was very busy and so not many chances to enjoy the car but on the few occasions where it cleared I got a glimpse of how special this car is going to be. It ... read the rest

GT2 collected from Reading, wehey

Posted: March 17, 2015

Today I made the 300 mile round trip to pick up the GT2 after the starter motor's epic fail on Saturday morning.

It was all fixed under the extended warranty, which I decided to go ahead and renew whilst I was there. I wasn't going to do it and it ... read the rest

GT2 fails to start for the big GT2 meet up.... d'oh

Posted: March 16, 2015

Following on from the previous post I was due to meet up at 6am on Saturday morning with 7 other GT2s and a range of other Porsches so that we could drive together to the Porsche Club GB open morning at Porsche Centre Reading.

So, I get up nice an ... read the rest

GT2 at Reading for MOT, Oil change and 111 point check - 2.7 Boxster PDK loan car

Posted: March 16, 2015

On Friday I took the GT2 down to Reading Porsche (a nice 140 mile drive!) so that I could get the MOT sorted out, have the oil changed and get it checked over before the GT2 meet up the next day (also at Reading Porsche Centre).

They gave me a nic ... read the rest

Cayman R decals back on, almost ready to collect!

Posted: March 12, 2015

I went to see the Cayman R yesterday to give it a final check over before collecting it. The Porsche Centre had agreed to paint the front PU (plastic bumper section) to tidy up the stone chips, put the PORSCHE decals back on the sides and also tidy u ... read the rest

Classic Additions Ultimate Car Cover for 997 GT2

Posted: March 3, 2015

As you can see from previous posts the GT2 has been sat outside for the last week or so whilst work is being done on the garage.

I spent some time looking online for a decent outdoor car cover for it to give it some protection from the elements.
... read the rest

GT2 left outside for a week, now won't start

Posted: March 2, 2015

We were having some works done on our garage last week and the driveway was taken up with skips and other stuff so the GT2 had to spend the week in the garden. I bought a nice new cover for it so it's been protected, I assumed that the battery would ... read the rest

Cayman R joining the AutoInsider fleet this week!

Posted: March 2, 2015

I've been thinking about adding a car alongside the GT2 for some time now, main reasons being:

1) I've put loads of miles on the GT2 over the last 3 years so it needs a break
2) It's quite a tricky car to enjoy on UK roads and really only makes s ... read the rest

GT2 currently living in the garden

Posted: February 26, 2015

We're having some work done on the garage this week and the entire driveway is needed as part of it, so our two cars have been relegated to the garden.

The GT2 is wearing a new cover I bought from Classic Additions, it does fit but I've just not ... read the rest

Sun came out, so did the GT2

Posted: February 17, 2015

Second drive of 2015!

Sun came out today so I managed to get 30 miles on the car. Roads were crammed and it seemed to be tram-lining more than usual on the local A and B roads, it's been sat around for weeks on end so I guess it needs some more dr ... read the rest

Review of AMG Driving Experience at Mercedes Benz World Brooklands

Posted: November 20, 2014

(photo courtesy of Mercedes Benz website, that's not me and I drove the saloon model, but it was white)

I had to take our R-Class in for an MOT on Tuesday... I booked it too late to get a loan car so I was faced with either sitting in the waiting ... read the rest

4 GT2s together - a rare sight

Posted: November 20, 2014

At the recent PistonHeads meet at Mercedes Benz World near Weybridge I met up with 3 fellow GT2 owners and we convoyed a short distance (don't want to put too many miles on them) to the event. It was great to get 4 of the beasts parked up together as ... read the rest

GT2 vs Range Rover

Posted: November 20, 2014

Not a massively interesting blog post but I thought the size difference between the GT2 and a new Range Rover was quite comical. There are 3 996 GT2s parked alongside my car (from a recent PistonHeads meet) and the Rangey choose my car to square up a ... read the rest

New tyres and R300 had first MOT yesterday...

Posted: November 19, 2014

... and it passed with no issues at all.

To be fair I'd be pretty annoyed if anything came up as they serviced it 3 weeks ago and it had brand new tyres 2 weeks ago, plus it's only just 3 years old and has an easy life.

It has had an issue with ... read the rest

997 GT2 and Merc R300 long term test cars

Posted: November 19, 2014

I'm going to revive this old blog to create a kind of "long term test" report for the cars I'm currently running, the 2008 997 GT2 and 2011 Merc R300.

I will have had the GT2 for 3 years in March next year, that's a record for me, it's a very spec ... read the rest

GT2 update, Le Mans Classic, new top mount and tyres

Posted: October 4, 2012

It's been a while since I've blogged on here, been busy with work and finally getting round to all those DIY jobs I said I'd do a few years ago.

The GT2 has been running quite nicely since I last blogged. We've been on a few trips, Spa Francorcham ... read the rest

Car changes

Posted: April 12, 2012

It's been a while since I blogged on here, the reasons being two fold 1) crushing laziness 2) been working like a dawg.

About 10 weeks ago I chopped the Cayman Sport in against a PDK Boxster Spyder. I jumped into the deal as I was offered very str ... read the rest

A6 2.0T FSI engine rattle and a squirrel infestation

Posted: January 19, 2012

Lately the rattling from the engine has been getting more audible, especially when it's cold. I asked Audi about it when it was serviced last month and they said that they could hear it and that it's perfectly normal for that engine! I'm no mechanic ... read the rest

Cayman in for inspection this weekend

Posted: January 19, 2012

The Cayman is booked into Porsche Reading to have a free inspection this weekend. A chap I know from when I used to be Porsche Club GB (yes I know, don't take the piss) has organised it. Basically you get a technician to go around your car with you u ... read the rest

Cayman wins B-ROAD THRASH award from Autocar

Posted: December 16, 2011

Winning the award for best long termer for B-ROAD THRASH is the Porsche Cayman. Autocar’s road tester Matt Prior describes it as “one of the best legal mood-enhancers money can buy."


NIce bit of recognition for the Cayman.

Took mine on a ... read the rest

A6 in for a service this week - Test drives: Cayman R, 997 Turbo Tiptronic

Posted: December 7, 2011

The A6 has started to complain that it's within 100 miles of needing a service, so it'll be going in on Friday. Luckily Friday is exacly one year on from when I bought the car so it's technically still under the 12 months Audi warranty, they've said ... read the rest

Tax, MOT and Servicing due :(

Posted: November 8, 2011

Over the next 4 weeks both the cars need to be taxed, the A6 needs an MOT and a service and the Cayman will need its first MOT in December. It's going to be one of those months where you spend a lot and get very little in return. I'm hoping both cars ... read the rest

Wrong windscreen delivered...arrgghh - lots of Ferraris in Slough!

Posted: October 21, 2011

This morning I went over to National Windscreens in Slough to have my cracked windscreen replaced. All was well until the chap inspected my car and realised that the screen Porsche had sent didn't have the antenna wires for the Sat-nav inside. Fair p ... read the rest

Service nearly due, MOT, tax and winter tyres to go on the A6

Posted: October 20, 2011

The A6 is often overlooked in my blog, mainly because it doesn't go wrong, it just simply starts every time, puts the miles on and doesn't complain about anything. We've had it 11 months and driven 12,000 miles now and it's got through 2 oil top up b ... read the rest

Cracked windscreen and a great drive at Spa

Posted: October 13, 2011

On the way back from Spa in the Cayman on Monday night I was making good progress through Belgium when I heard an almighty bang/crack, looked down in the corner of the windscreen and there was a massive chip, ok I thought just about repairable. I the ... read the rest

Spa trip coming up, oil change, new tyres, new camera

Posted: October 7, 2011

Next week I'll be taking the Cayman to Spa for a day on the legendary F1 track. I took the car in to Porsche today to have an oil change (it's been 5000 miles and 11 months since the last), to have the £1.20 exhaust vacuum pipe clips replaced and a ... read the rest

Used car prices set to 'fall off a cliff'

Posted: October 4, 2011

Had this in an email from a well known car buying website earlier:

In a recent Sunday Mirror interview industry expert, Quentin Wilson has said, "November will be the cruellest month. With this week's deadly economic prognosis, used car buying is ... read the rest

Well done Porsche Centre Guildford

Posted: September 20, 2011

Took the Cayman there yesterday for the 111 point check and warranty renewal as it looks like I'll be keeping the car for a bit after deciding not to go with a 996 GT3.

I know Official Porsche Centres (OPCs) get a lot of bad press from people on v ... read the rest

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