991-2 Carrera, 982 Boxster and GT4

I got the chance this last summer to drive the new 911 (991-2) and Boxster (982).  This was a big change at Porsche so I had to go drive them.  Both cars I drove were the base models not “S” models.

Before I dive into my impressions I want to know why they decided to call the Boxster 982.  So the 911 is not a whole new body style so it is the 991-2, but the same can be said for the Boxster.  Why did they not call it the 981-2?

The 991-2 Carrera felt good.  I know that they say the newer cars are losing their feel and I have definitely experienced that, but it did feel good the car did have feel to me.  I mean to me it felt like it had a lot more feel than the 991-1.  It is big and I keep saying it and others keep saying it, but the 911 is not a petite car anymore.  I remember the first time I got in a 996 and that seemed big.  Granted I was a teenager and used to sitting in tight places in cars.  I also think the Boxsters and Caymans are getting a little big so maybe I am the problem…  I AM NOT sports cars are supposed to be small and nimble.  Why do you think the Miata is so popular even though the general public tries to label it a girls car, a hair dressers car or insignificant.

The base Carrera was fast.  Faster than I was expecting and too fast on the roads I was driving.  I am not even sure if there are many places on the street you could ring this car out on.  I am not sure why you would want to unload more money out of your pocket to buy the S.  I am just unsure what more the S is going to give you on your drive in to work.  Even if your drive into work is a spirited one.  There was a big difference between the base 991-1 Carrera and the 991-2 Carrera.  There is power everywhere along the tach.  I have always been one that likes the idea of the base model and wonders if there is slight push by the manufacture and some magazines that you have to have the S.  With that said the 991-1 was starting to be a lot more effort to get going compared to the 991-1 Carrera S, but a lot of that had to do with gearing trying to improve MPG, but not so with the 991-2 base.  Since it has taken me so long to sit down and write this in my blog I have had time to see that a lot of what I am saying is true.  I believe the first one to come out and just say ‘why buy the S?’  Was Pete Stout on his first drive in Panorama [magazine].

The Carrera S has more torque and more speed, but the base Carrera is going to be closer to the original 911s where you worked for speed.

The Boxster [718] sounded a bit like a Subaru, but not a bad sound.  I mean there may be some folks that pull up to the Porsche dealership in an older Boxster with the thought of maybe trading it in and starting up the new car and being disappointed.  Even if they are not enthusiast or worried about old school nostalgia and they are just wanting latest or greatest technology to make it faster and perform better they may still be put off by the sound compared to their old car.  It probably won’t be a big concern for most Porsche buyers today.  Maybe that is me stereotyping newer Porsche buyers.  To me it is an issue.  Not the end of the world, but I am one that does get suspicious with change when it comes to Porsche.  I am not young, but grew up around hard core enthusiast from back in the day.  Some people have mentioned that it sounds like an old VW Bug or 914.  I have been around a decent amount of Bugs when I was a little kid, but I was not thinking about that at the time.  I suppose next time I get close to one I will ask myself is there any supped up Bug in that sound.  It does sound better when you get to the higher revs.  When I got out of the car and heard it drive off it does not sound like a cheap car.  It is for sure more high end than a STI, but it is not as quality sounding as previous cars.

With the Boxster you can definitely tell there is a lot more torque down low compared to previous cars.  Although there may be people that do not like that.  There are people out there that want to have to push their cars to the higher revs to get going and do not like the feel of low end torque.  It feel like a bigger motor.  Obviously the displacement is less, but with the turbo and torque it has more power feel like it has a bigger motor than the old cars.

From the beginning they have tried to leave a space between the 911 and Boxster/Cayman, but it seems like they are even making a bigger effort.  I feel like it was a conscience decision and not just something that happened.  I think the gap between the 911 and the Cayman/Boxster was getting smaller and now there has been a decision to make a greater gap.  I think that is why they went to the 4 cylinder, because they could have used the 6 cylinder like in the 911 as they have since the Boxster came out up to the 981.  I know Porsche going to try to argue the 356, 550, earlier cars or the V4 in 919 had 4 cylinders and have had history and winning with a 4 cylinder.

The turbos today are getting better and better.  I remember the first time I drove a BMW 335.  They were brand new and I drove one and thought ‘Man, you can’t hardly feel the turbo.’  The turbos in the cars I drove today were very low on turbo lag.  Like I said previously it makes the cars feel like they have bigger motors.  There is not as much of the feeling or need to wring out the revs, which was what made the old cars… air-cooled cars exciting.  I am not saying the new power bands are not exciting.  It is different some may like it more, some may not and some may like it at first and then after a while then decide there was a reason they liked Porsches back in the day and they may wonder if the way the power builds may be a lot of that.

I wish either of these cars I drove had a manual.  Even if for the 911 it was the after-thought manual.

Around that same time the other two cars became tainted, because I drove a Cayman GT4.  It reminded me of what Porsche used to be.  I would like to say that it was because it was built in a different area by Andreas Preuninger’s people, but that is not the case.  I would point to some of the cars like 991 GT3 RS, which is awesome but seems to have hit a fork in the road where it is either going to be an awesome car that is a joy to drive or the ultimate track weapon.  Obviously, it needs to be the ultimate track weapon.  This is all stuff Mr. Preuninger has said himself.  Also, I want to be clear I have never driven a 991 GT3 RS and I do not want to be the asshole that has never driven the car but runs his mouth on the internet negatively.  I do feel I know enough about Porsche and read enough about the 991 GT3 RS to make that small comment.

Anyway, so I do believe cars have come a long ways and it is not like back in the day where Porsche could build an RS/GT3 type car and it would be awesome track car and a car that was fun and I cannot go down this rabbit whole right now this article is not for that.

The GT4 and R were made to get back to the spirit of driving and not so much based on saving a tenth of a second on the track.  The GT4 made me forget the new Boxster and 911 I drove and made me remember the joy of driving.  It is more petite than the 911 and a smaller car which I prefer.  I prefer it was the size of the 987.  Damn, why did Porsche not go more crazy with the Cayman R?  So the GT4 was throaty and loud with the exhaust.  The exhaust pops and does little backfires when you get off the throttle.  It was tight and stiff, but not bad you could drive it regularly and not get worn out.  The one I drove did not have the bucket sport seats they were folding seats, so that added some added comfort I am sure.  To me, it is not really the car to be worried a lot about comfort and turning into a Grand Tourer.  The shifting was tight and felt good it notched into gear with a precise click-click and not a sloshy feel.  I had an absolute ball in the car and was smiling inside the whole time where the other two I had driven at that time were amusing and fun, but not a full blown shit eating grin feeling like the GT4.  I wanted to more time to form an opinion in the new 991-2 and new Boxster but it was more of investigating the car and wanting to explore it.  They were fun, but the GT4 was not about exploring it.  It was being in the present moment not thinking of anything, but what I was feeling at that moment.

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PDK and manuals

I am not wanting to go into pros and cons I was just thinking that manuals are harder to come by and most people don’t want them anymore.  I know you may be hearing or reading that there are a lot of people that still want the manual, but it seems to me when it comes down to throwing down money they are throwing more down for the PDK.  Porsches are more of a daily driver than they used to be, so maybe these people really are more of a manual person, but they plan on driving the car every day.  Most people drive in the commute and there are more people on the planet every day and so more traffic and congestion.  So they have to just compromise and get the PDK.  I know an old school guy that likes the old school cars.  He used to race old air-cooled 911’s and is very opinionated about newer Porsches.  But he loves the PDK!  It surprised the hell out of me coming from this guy.  He is actually one of the guys I have interviewed.  I asked him when I was interviewing him if he likes the PDK because he is getting old.  He got a little fired up and said it wasn’t.  I do wonder though with guys like that, if deep down it is because they are getting old and it is just so fantastic to have options and precision with the PDK.  I am not saying the PDK is not great it is just human natural to make assumptions we sometimes cannot control with people, which is maybe why there is so much problems in the world with race, gender and people of different back grounds.  Let me just say this: If I knew a guy his whole life and he has had every type of [Ford] Mustang over the years and has Mustang swag all decorated throughout his garage.  Then one day he showed up with a [Dodge] Challenger Hellcat I would be like “What?!!’  Even if his reasons were sound like that he could not get this much power in a Mustang or he believes it is a good investment.  It still seems goes against what I know about this person.

Sean Chambers- VP of Acquisitions at Canepa Design canepa.com (2013)

What got you interested in motorcycles and cars

SC: I got into Porsche’s specifically because of the movie Le Mans. I also delivered the newspaper to Vasek Polak and my dad drove a Porsche. [I got into] Motorcycle’s because my dad offered me a motorcycle or a go-kart, but he said ‘you have to be able to work on it and you have to be able to fix it and I will help you buy the parts.’ The motorcycle looked like my bicycle, so I just figured I could work on it easier. That is the reality of it. It was just pragmatic. It looked like my bicycle; surely I can work on that. I had many bikes up until then and I had driven go-karts, but I had the chance to own my own and it was an YZ 80 or a Yamaha 100 go-kart. The rest is history it was 1976. Cars came out of necessity, because I realized most of my girlfriends parents wouldn’t let them ride on the back of motorcycles. I also had a car; I drove my brother and sister around. If I lived somewhere else I would probably only ride a motorcycle. I love cars; I do love them, but my passion is motorcycles.


What’s the most exciting car or motorcycle you have dealt with
SC:
 Without a doubt the street car is the 959. Being a kid in the ‘80s that was the car! Being a Porsche guy! I didn’t even think I would ever see one! Now I work for the guy who with the help of Bill Gates and Paul Allen put them on the streets in America. That car is freaking fantastic! The most amazing car I have ever driven for an hour and it is only good for an hour is a Lamborghini Countach… carbureted car…something about that car…it’s sounds …the way it feels. It is the best hour of your life; you don’t want to do it again. You just did it once and your okay with it. Tyrell 6 wheeler upstairs is probably the coolest race car I have ever been involved in, because I remember watching it race at Long Beach Grand Prix when I was a kid… saw it race in person. And then the 917 Bruce has, but I didn’t have a lot of hand in that. I wasn’t working for Bruce anymore when he bought it; he just called me and said ‘hey I got it.’ It was just one of those cars we always dreamed about.
What did you do prior to working at Canepa

SC: Owned my own business doing custom cars.

 

How did you end up at Canepa

SC: Mutual friends; Jack Roush and Terry Karges. My Background. Bruce didn’t know much about me, just who I knew and that was good enough for him, I think.

 

What’s the most exciting thing about working at Canepa

SC: Driving the cars of course.


What one motorcycle or car do you wish you owned
 
SC:
 If I could only own one? Being that I have boys that can’t drive, it has to be a Porsche with the back seats. So a ’73 RS. Without kids it would be…it would still probably be a Porsche, but a 289 Cobra and 427 Cobra is pretty high up there. That is a tough one! Maybe a 911R or a 427 Cobra…a real one of course. Motorcycle wise that’s tough. XR 750 is kind of my favorite motorcycle of all times. It is a Harley Davidson. The only Harley Davidson I’d ever own. There is one upstairs. That is the bike! That is the coolest bike on the planet; for me.

Munesh Reddy- Owner at Kahler’s Werkstatt Kahlers.com (2014)

What is Kahlers

MR:  The original guy that started the shop; that is his name.  He is a Porsche guy that has been around and that is his last name.  So the shop name stayed when I took over.  His name is Dennis Kahler.  He started the shop back in ’74 and so when I took over the shop, Porsche is what I liked to do and so I kept doing it.

How did you get involved with Porsche or Kahlers

MR:  I was always working on those cars.  I started in the 90’s working for a guy in Belmont.  He was a west coast Porsche factory guy and I started my apprenticeship with him.  Then I had a chance to take over this business so I just moved my passion over.  We [Dennis Kahler and I] met at one point in the 90’s.  He offered me a job and I decided not to take the job.  Then I heard he wanted to retire a couple of years ago.  I approached him and it went through.

What has changed since you took over

MR:  We moved forward with the new technology from the new cars Porsche is building.  We are equipped with all of the latest equipment to work on these cars.

What did you do prior to Kahlers

MR:   I worked for Mercedes.  Prior to that I work for Kirberg Motors in Belmont…that’s where I learned to work on Porsches.

What Manufactures do you work with

MR:  I work on all German cars.

Which make do you prefer

MR:  Of course Porsche.  I love them.

Why did you decide to work on European cars

MR:  When I graduated, I got a chance to work on them.  I fell in love with them, so I stayed with them.

What do you like about the manufactures you work with

MR:  I think all of the manufactures are great.  They all think the same way and they are always improving technology.  I just love what they put out.

What first attracted you to Porsche

MR:   When I drove my first 356.  We were restoring the car, and they gave me a chance to go drive it.  I was only about 19-years-old.

In your opinion what is the most exciting car you have worked with

MR:  I have always loved the Carreras–the ’84 to ’89 Carreras.  I just love the way they drive.  I think they are the best ones that were built.

What cool cars have you owned

MR:  I have had a 2003 Turbo, 2001 Boxster, 993, 944 the first Porsche I ever bought.  I also had a ’85 Carrera.

Which one was your favorite

MR:  As much as I love the Carreras the 2003 Turbo was nice.  That was a great car.  I think I am geared to either one of those.

Any you regret selling

MR:  I do regret selling my Carrera and my 944.

If you could have any car today what would it be

MR:  It would be an ’89 Carrera.

What is the next fun car you can see yourself owning

MR:  It would be a 997 Turbo.

Air-cooled or water-cooled

MR:  I would like to have both.

How do you feel about the air-cooled versus the water-cooled

MR:  The air-cooled just handles differently… they are totally different cars from the newer one.  The newer one is more designed for comfort.  Whereas the air-cooled is a driver’s car.  You need to go to driver’s school to drive one of those…that is something great about those cars.

Thoughts on Porsche today

MR:  They are heading more mainstream.  For any company to survive they have to create profit, and that is what their goal is ultimately now.  They are also trying to make the car affordable to everybody now, and I think that is what it is geared towards.  That is not a bad thing.

PDK or manual

MR:  Manual on an air-cooled for sure.  PDKs are definitely nice.  I have driven them and I am impressed.  I wouldn’t mind owning one.

Favorite air-cooled

MR: The ’89 Carrera.

Favorite water-cooled

MR:  That would be my Turbo.  The 996 or 997 Turbo.

What do you like about the air-cooled cars

MR:  They handle and drive differently…they have a different type of drive to them.  The quality in the cars is different.

What do you like about the water-cooled cars

MR:  They are more about driver comfort.  You can have your coffee and drive the car.

What is your advice for those wanting to modify their car

MR:  What do you want speed or handling?  If they do not know, I ask them if they have ever tracked the car.  If they say no, I tell them go track the car and have fun with it.  Then come back and tell me what you want to do with it, because your car still has a lot of capabilities right now.

Which Porsche would you buy new at the dealership

MR:  The 991.  The 991 is a great car…new technology.  Yeah, it would be a nice car to have.

What model series Porsche is your favorite

MR:  Carrera [84-89]

What do you like about your job

MR:  I get to see cool cars and get to play with them.  I have an interesting job, because I am always on the edge of technology.

  

John Baxster- Owner of Baxster’s Auto Haus (Retired) (2014)

What attracted you to Porsche

JB:  I can’t say that I was really attracted to them to begin with.  I was a motorcycle and Hot Rod fan.  One of my friends talked me into going and working on them.  That is what started it, he told me to come over and try it for a week and see if I liked it and if I did…to stay and if I didn’t…to leave.  I stayed…for 45 years!

How long were you in the automotive business

JB:  1959 to four or five years ago.

What did you do prior to working on Porsches

JB:  I was in the Army prior to that.  Before that I was a part owner of a motorcycle dealership and we worked on American cars and trucks.

What did you like about your job at Baxsters Auto Haus

JB:  It was different.  The cars were different than anything I worked on before.  They were much easier to work on, in those years, than the American cars and trucks.

In your opinion what was the most exciting car you have dealt with

JB:  We worked on Robert Redfords 904.  We worked on the Porsche Spyders and a RS61.

Air-cooled or Water-cooled

JB:  Air!

Favorite air-cooled

JB:  1965 356 SC

Favorite Water-cooled

JB:  Well I used to build Chevy race engines.

I mean favorite water-cooled Porsches

JB:  There isn’t one.

What do you like about air-cooled

JB:  They are more reliable. They were easier to work on.  They were just a better configuration I thought.

What do you like about the water-cooled

JB:  That I don’t have to work on them.

What cool cars have you owned

JB:  Oh hell 30 or 40!  I have a ’74 Carrera Targa still.  They made only 173 of them (it has 38,000 miles on it).  I sold my ’64 356 C a couple of years ago…that I shouldn’t have.

What is your favorite car you have owned

JB:  Probably the ’64… I made it into an SC.  I have had 21 Speedsters, I like those too.  ’64 and 65’s were just excellent cars.

Is there any cars you regret selling

JB:  Yes about 21 Speedsters that I can document that I had.  I bought so many old 356’s… I liked all of them really.  The only bad one they ever made that I am aware of is the 1960… that had a lot of problems, but other than that they are pretty much bullet proof.

If you could have any car today what would it be

JB:  I haven’t really thought much about that.  What would I own… probably an ‘78-’83 SC.  I would like to have an RS Carrera, but they are million dollars today.

What new Porsche would you choose to buy from the dealership

JB:  Maybe a Carrera or Carrera 4, I don’t know.  They keep coming up with new models…Panamera or whatever it is called.  That thing is another mistake from what I understand by the people that work on them.

What model series if your favorite

JB:  911 SC

What do you think of Porsche today

JB:  I think they are going in the wrong direction.  The new cars are about impossible to work on.  I didn’t work on the brand brand new ones, but I have younger friends in California, Utah and back east and they do not have much good to say about them.  Problems come up quite a bit and they are a lot tinnier than the old ones… not as solid.  Technology wise they are way up there, there is no doubt about that.

Bob Grigsby- RMG Enterprises realmeangarage.com (2014)

What is RMG Enterprises

BG:  We are independent Porsche repair shop. We have three people here.  We work on most brands of Porsche, but we do not work on 928’s, 944’s, and 924’s and were fairly selective.

What cars do you work with

BG:  It kind of comes in bunches, we probably see more Boxster’s more than anything, because they made a lot of them.  We do work on 356’s…not that many.  A lot of 993’s.  SC’s and Carrera’s of course.  We are starting to work on 2010 and 2011cars right now.  I keep up with all of the computer equipment.

Which cars do you prefer working on

BG:  ’74 911 CIS with no air conditioning, because it is probably the easiest Porsche they ever built to work on.  We prefer to work on cars that are clean and kept up.   It is nice to work with people that are interested in their cars.

What do you like about working on Porsche’s

BG:  I have spent my life with them.  I would say the clientele, because of their education level and their interest level.  Most of them have wonderful backgrounds and they are fun to talk to.

What attracted you to Porsche

BG:  I have always liked technical things.  All my life I have taken things apart.  I started working on them in the 60’s and I like the rear engine.  My dad always had German cars when I was young and I just started working on them.

How long have you been in the business

BG:  Since 1972.  I have five years as a dealer tech.  In the beginning I kind of went back and forth to college a couple of times.  I was going to go to med school.  There is a little shop I had up the street that I worked at part time while I was going to college.  I also worked one year at Garretson Enterprises while in college.  I have five years as a

Why did you get involved with Porsches

BG:  I have always liked the style, the driving, the crispness and tightness of the car, the engineering and the look.

How did you get involved with Porsches

BG:  I bought one and the crankshaft broke almost immediately and I just rebuilt it.  My first Porsche was a 356 Cabriolet and I paid like $1200 or $1400 for it.  I worked half the summer to buy the car; they were not like $140,000 like they are now.

Has your business changed

GB:   It is much more complicated to work on the newer cars.  Unfortunately we have to deal with Porsche specific computers and the devices that plug into the cars and they are the worst in the industry…Absolutely by far the worst.  What makes up for them being the worst is they are the most expensive.  The interface is miserable they are not intuitive at all and they are unbelievably expensive, but you have to have them.   That is the most frustrating thing- not having good communication with the car…something that is intuitive and something that helps.

What did you do prior to this

GB:  I was in college.

In your opinion what is the most exciting car you have dealt with

GB:  I was working on Turbo’s when I was at the dealership and I drove a couple of early Andial Turbos…that had breathtaking acceleration.  I like the GT3’s.  I also like the simple ones- I thoroughly enjoy driving the 356’s.  A good running 356 is such a nice tight car.  They shift well, brake well and accelerates pretty decently.

What cool cars have you owned

GB:  Lot’s of 356’s.  My wife and I just finished restoring a ’67 Volkswagen Bus.  That was fun!  I restored a 914 a couple of years ago.  I like that car! I have never owned a 911, although I may be buying one at my house.  I like the 4 cylinder cars and I love 356’s although I probably won’t be able to afford them anymore.

What is your favorite car you have owned

GB:  My Speedster!  ’58 Speedster…I loved that car!  I made it a concours and it was too valuable to drive.  But I used to beat the absolute shit of that car!  It was light and it was powerful… it was fun.  That was a fun car.

Any you regret selling

GB:  No.  The problem is with a lot of Porsches is they are just so valuable now.  I feel very uncomfortable driving them.  Such as with my Speedster after I fixed it up, I showed it a few times [at car shows], but it was not fun to drive anymore because it was just too valuable.

If you could have any car what would it be

GB:  ’59 356.

What is the next fun car you see yourself owning

GB:  I would like to try to find another 356, although I am not sure I can afford it.  I would like to try to find a ’74 911 Sportomatic.  I have always like Sportomatics…you customize them with a really good heater/air conditioning system in it with a SC or Carrera engine.  I like lighter cars.

Air-cooled or water-cooled

GB:  I like air-cooled cars, but they really have their limitations as far as creature comforts.

PDK or Manual

GB:  If I was going to buy a brand new one?  PDK

Favorite air-cooled

GB:  356

Favorite water-cooled

GB:  997-2 GT3

What do you like about air-cooled cars

GB:  Simplicity and sound.  It is the original engine.  I have always liked the air-cooled stuff…I mean I fly airplanes and they are air-cooled.

What do like about water-cooled cars

GB:   Generally the mileage is better.  They stay more at an even temperature.  The creature comforts seem to work really well like the air conditioning, heater and defrosting.  Also they are nice cars to drive.

If you bought a new Porsche which one would you choose

GB:  Probably the Cayman

What model series Porsche is your favorite

GB:  ’59 356

I am not real knowledgeable on 356’s, so is that an A?

GB:  Yeah, 356 A… last of the A’s.

If someone wants to modify their car what do you tell them

GB:  Depends what they want.  If they want to do something to the engine we don’t like to do it.  We try as much as we can out of a stock engine.  If they want to accelerate faster on the early cars, like 993’s and earlier, the best way is change the gear ratios.  It is like adding 60 horsepower to the cars, it is legal and you do not screw with the engine.  I find most engines that have been modified you take away 2/3 of the life of the engine.

What gets you excited

GB:  I like well maintained, good looking 356’s or early 911s like ’69 to ’73 S’s they are really light and they have an unbelievable sound to them.  What is really fun to drive is a ’69 to ’73 [911] especially if it has a 2.7 RS spec or 2.8 mechanical injection…real visceral!

What do you like about your job? 

GB:  I like to keep it small.  We do not work a lot of hours here.  Having free time and not having to work 60 or 70 hour work weeks.

How do you feel about the air-cooled vs. water-cooled debate.

GB:  They had to go to water-cooled.  There was no way they were going to get an air-cooled to pass emissions or to live with when it is hot outside.  They just run too damn hot.  There was no way Porsche was going to stay in business with an air-cooled car.  I wish they had done a better job of engineering their water-cooled cars.  They let a lot of people down with that M96 engine.  Nobody in their right mind puts sealed ball bearing inside an engine.  It is idiocy.  That is engineering failure.

How do you feel about Porsche today

GB:  The problem you are going to have selling that much cars is… the prices are insane on those cars.  What is happening to Porsche that has never happened is they are seeing deprecation on their new cars like they have never seen.  It is going to be like BMW or Mercedes where you buy the car for 100 thousand and drive it off the lot and it is worth 70 thousand and Porsches didn’t used to be like that.  Their margins are so high and the cars are so expensive the cars just deprecation.  It used to be a mid level engineer could go buy a new Porsche.  Now the only people that are buying Porsches are at the top of the company.  It would be nice to have a good entry level car at the 40 or 50 thousand range.

 

Hayden Burvill- Owner of WEVO wevo.com (2013)

What got you interested in cars or Porsche’s

HB: As a kid my parents were involved in car club activities. When I was born my dad had an MG, so some of my oldest memories were going to MG car club events in Australia. My father was also involved in Go-kart racing. The first Porsche I rode in was a 1969 or 1970 911S that a second cousin of mine had in Australia. It was brand new and I was seven. He was an orthodontist, but I believe he had inherited a pig farm and I remember driving from his house to the pig farm riding in the back. To this day I can remember the experience of riding in the back.

What is the most exciting car or Porsche you have dealt with, in your opinion

HB: I have had a career as a race engineer, so I have worked with Formula 1, Indy cars and Porsche prototypes and everything, so there is a lot to choose from. I can’t pick one that is most exciting. Most exciting Porsche? I can’t pick one of those either. In a way they are all exciting.

How or when did you decide to start WEVO

HB: I bought a ’77 911, that I still have, and I could not believe the imbalance between the quality of the engine, brakes, the steering, the chassis dynamics and the gear shift mechanism. It was just appalling and I spent quite a bit of time working on the gear shift, like blue printing it, putting in all new parts and making it exactly how they intended. I loved my car, the rest of it did everything so well, except the gear shift was so poor. After that I realized there was a lot of scope there for it to be better, so we went down a path where we started focusing on gearboxes transmissions and components. To me it was an area that held an opportunity to improve… compared to the other parts of the car. And when? The company started in 1995 we didn’t really do any Porsche retail products until late ’97.

What did you do prior to WEVO

HB: I was a race car engineer and designer.

What companies did you work for

HB: I worked for G-Force, Panoz, Reynard Special Vehicles, Allard, Spice, Brumos, Risi Competizione and numerous others.

What one car do you wish you could own

HB: Lamborghini Miura.

What is the most exciting part of running WEVO

HB: It is difficult to say, because sometimes it is different things, but when a customer rings you up with an unsolicited call to thank you for designing the product they are enjoying, you realize that you have impacted on that person. Now they are enjoying their Porsche more because they have added your product to it, so that is always nice. Often the same people will ring us up and offer constructive criticism, that is also nice, because you know they care enough that they think they could offer something back to you.

If someone wants to modify their car where would you advise they start

HB: If they do not know what to do next, don’t do anything. The cars are so good. Make sure your car is properly serviced and that it works the way Porsche intended and that will be a fantastic car. You may be discouraged from doing anything else to it once it works exactly how Porsche planned.

What is our favorite Porsche model

HB: That’s really hard for me to pick, because I think of all the cars when they were new and current, like a 356 C or SC, are absolutely awesome cars. [It was] at the end of the 356 run and they honed that to perfection. They were about to supersede it with the 911, so they did not have to put anything more into it, but everything about the 356 C and SC just works so incredibly well. Then you could jump forward to something like a [911] SC or even Tracy (wife) had a ’75 U.S. Carrera 2.7 CIS motor car…it must have been an awesome car when it was brand new, because even 25 to 30 years later it was still a great car when you used it the way it was intended. My 993, it is mind boggling, it is the only car I have ever had that I have been able to drive as fast as it will go. When it had done more than 100,000 miles it would still go almost the exactly the speed it said it would in the hand book. Which is really fast and you don’t imagine that. Cars like that are just awesome cars.