Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Harry Metcalfe Takes Us To School On The 911 Turbo

First, an apology for the first of a series of Porsche posts stacked up in the editing que.  It just worked out that way.

As regular readers know, in Pilote's World, there's no such thing as a water-cooled Porsche.  ;-)    The 911 Turbo (OK, purists, 930) is therefore a real Porsche, but I can't say this video helps to elevate it over the 2.7 Carrera as my favorite 911.  As James May put the lethality in Cars Of The People: "There goes another stockbroker..."

Metcalfe explains how to deal with turbo lag toward the end of this video.  ("Back the corner up" is always good advice...)  But in his comprehensive tour of the cockpit, he fails to mention the lock buttons on the forward edges of the doors.  In the days before automatic central locking, it was nice to just push the button instead of having to twist in the seat to reach over your shoulder.  He should dwell on the instruments--the dash and tach of the classic 911's are the best to be found anywhere.

I wonder if Metcalfe is about 20 years younger than I am?  He seems to be as imprinted with the (ridiculous, I would say) Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the 1980's as I am with those of the 1960's. Regardless, when it comes to 911's, Harry gets it:

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