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1970 Porsche 911E Coupe

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Early Exercise

Classic Velocity

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A breakfast meeting with a few of the crew from the Erste Gruppe provided a good opportunity to get the E some exercise. The route to the meeting spot was a familiar and picturesque route that was superb if you are on it early enough to avoid the hoards of cruiser bikes and trapped sports cars. I was out very early, and the roads were clear, but there was a pretty thick fog engulfing the river road. Still, a great run as always.

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Once there, another treat was in store. We had a good breakfast and spoke about all things Porsche and beyond. Afterwards, I had a chance to take Lee's RSR replica for a spin. It was built to be street and track with the emphasis on track. It is a taut, fast package that feels like it has been hewn from a solid block of billet aluminum. On the slightly damp roads, I was on my best behavior with someone else's (expensive) machine. A beautiful car, and a a great experience.....

 

Mid-Winter Delight

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These are the dark days of cabin fever and snow-covered roads. When the sky is bright and the roads are washed clear of salt, it is a good day to sneak out and circulate the oil. It is even better to meet with the crew for breakfast. This time, we were in for a special treat as a friend of the crew brought his 930 turbo slant nose out for the ride. The amazing thing is that this is an original low mileage metal fendered unmolested car ! That is a rare bird indeed, and I enjoyed hearing the story of it and looking over the machine. I have seen a lot of cars made into a slant nose, but this was the real deal. Thanks Claude for bringing it out...

 

Running Early

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We were very spoiled in the last few years. With the exception of some noted storms, winters have been mild, and you could drive without fear of salt or gravel during formerly unthinkable months. In 2013, I decided to get off to a strong early start by driving the coupe on a 44 degree day. It reminded me that I still need to chase down the alternator ground, but otherwise made glorious noises and enjoyed the brisk air. I also threw in some seafoam as despite my optimism, I cannot guarantee routine outings....

 

Breakfast with a Bonus

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Over the late winter into spring and now into summer, the Pennsylvania-based early 911 group known as the Erste Gruppe have met a number of times not too far away. The location is usually a small café where the group can constitute half the customers on any given visit. The first couple of visits in 2012 were during frigid temperatures. This was particularly rough on hotrod cars  with no heat exchangers.



However, it was only partially about breakfast. Following breakfast, the group  usually gathered for a photo, and then invariably went on a loosely planned run through the surrounding countryside. I usually peeled off after a short period of time to head back, and did not complete some of the runs, but what I did participate in was fun and fast. So this in fact constitutes a summary post covering several months where the 911E coupe has actually been out and running. It's just this journal that's lagging....


Destination Start

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Velocity Rallye attendee Stuart and I had been planning to go out for a drive for many weekends, but weather, work, etc had conspired to prevent it. We were finally set for a Saturday morning when the vintage 911 gang announced plans for a drive. Great, yet another gathering by members of the Erste Gruppe, and I had a logistical challenge since I needed to be back home before noon.

The solution was to drive with Stuart out to the starting point in NJ some 75 miles away, hang out with the group until departure, and then return solo. I would of course miss the whole drive, but the car needed some exercise, and Stuart and I got some driving in. It was mostly interstate and parkway up to the starting point where the gang was assembling. 

Once there, it was fun to ogle the eclectic group of Porsches gathered, as well as a couple of non-p-cars such as a 2002, and a Bentley. I also got to see Lewis' lovely Saab Sonnett. The group had a great time, and a thread over at the Early 911 site has more pics

On the way back, I took skipped the interstate and drove through some of the best part of the NJ in the northwest. The carbs were on song, and they enjoyed the more "spirited" drive home. With a little luck I will hopefully make more runs going forward.

 

Velocitee Rallee

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The E has not gotten a lot of exercise so far this year. Not as bad as this journal might suggest, as it has been out a few times, but not a lot. The 2nd Non-Annual Classic Velocity Fall Rallye was going to be a good excuse to add a few hundred miles. However, as the day drew close, it looked like we might have nothing but Porsches, and I would drive the Tii for diversity. Fortunately, that was not the case, and the E snarled into life to lead the group. 

It is very difficult to keep a car this sporting in check on public roads. It is also tough to stay controlled leading a diverse group of cars in a non-performance mode. The car sounds and feels better when you step on it. I had Kevin along as passenger, and he had a fun time trying to hold on as we tested the limits on a few on ramps and S curves. 

Great country roads, scenic by-ways, cool temps, great fall colors, the sound of a flat six on song behind your head. It doesn't get much better than this....

Invading England

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Despite not solving the ongoing glowing alternator light problem, I took the E up to a local British car event about 20 miles away. First I fully charged the batteries to hedge my bets a little, and then headed out. The car was as intoxicating as it always proves to be. I can listen to the sound of the PMOs and the exhaust all day ! At the event, a few non-british cars showed up and were parked off to the side. I did not see them on first pass, and the gatekeeper had a rather alarmed look on his face as I approached, so I parked nearby and then joined the rest of the heretics from the Rocking Chair Motors gang. We had a great time and I had some very interesting conversations which made it into the main blog as the People Power post