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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Report: Porscheforum autobahn meet

"It makes love to your fingertips, it stirs your soul". This is what Jeremy Clarkson once said about the Porsche 911. The 911 is a historical car, it's one of those cars that will never be forgotten. In 1963 the first car got out of the factory, now 43 years later the car is still being built after going thru tons of facelifts and improvements. It's being firmly held in place by its owners just like the North Sea! It will never go away, there will always be a new 911. Thank god because we definately can't miss a car like this.

Anyway, back to the meet-and-greet. Porscheforum held its annually ride on the German autobahn on the 18th of november this year. Before we hit the road we gathered at the local Porsche dealership in Enter, in the eastern part of Holland. I had spend the night at my grandma's place which is nearby so very early in the morning my Mercedes-A-class-gay-taxi picked me up and dropped me at the entrance of the dealership. Damn, that's early. It was 9am, there were no people expected before 10am! Apparently I was the first one, that wasn't really a surprise though. I met Mark and we got inside to get the coffee machine working for a decent cup of coffee.

The first cars dropped in just before 10am, the early birds who wanted to be sure they got a fresh cup of coffee haha. I think there must have been around 50 cars, some cancelled because they couldn't make it. Everybody was asked to get together at the dealership between 10am and 11am so we could depart at 11am. I met quite a few people I haven't met before. Some of the people came to the 911stedentocht in September as well so I recognized some cars. Outside the dealership was heaven for any nine eleven fanatic. So many different types, so many different colors, there was a Porsche for everyone. Well...everyone...they don't come cheap. The dealership had a stunning grey 993 on sale. Pricetag: 77.500 euro.

11am, time to go. After listening to the speech everybody went to his, or her, car and got ready to hit the highway. My ride for the day was going to be a Porsche 996 Turbo. Normally, this car has 425 bhp but this one has been upgraded to 510 to make it go a bit faster. It accelerates so damn fast and it has so much grip that I doubt if there is any car which is safer to drive on high speeds than this Turbo.

The first part of the route had a restricted speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour but unfortunately the road works slowed us down to a staggering 70 - 80 kilometers per hour. Welcome to Holland. The ride to the German border took about 20-25 minutes and for those standing on the overpass it must have been an amazing sight to see a long train of "German Gr├╝ndlichkeit" passing by on the highway. Once we got on the A31, the long stretch to Oberhausen, speeds went easily up to 200 and 250. This part of the German highway has no speed limit so many people unleash the beast in their car on this stretch of road. That's exactly what we did. We drove in a group of ten cars and they all managed to catch up. When it got busy the window went down to enjoy the lovely sounds created by passing Porsches.

After a while we got on the A2, which leaded back to the Dutch border, and stopped for a gas stop. More people decided the same so the gas station was filled with Porsches. This got the attention of many people who checked out the cars. I was asked to fill up the car, can you imagine a 22-year-old guy who puts the fuel in the car? I was just as proud as the owner. All set and done, time to hit the road again. The car managed to reach a astonishing 311 kilometers per hour but it appeared this car could go even faster! I thought 311 was fast but when we had an empty stretch of road, the car reached its topspeed of 329 kilometers per hour! How sick is that?! Everything was flashing around the car. I don't think I will ever go any faster than this. We were doing 310 when fellow Porsche fanatics saw the 996 Turbo flashing by: "Here it comes....and it's gone...". I was impressed. Very impressed. All you feel is the adrenaline going thru your veins when you pass other cars!The 310 is on a picture, the 328/329 is on video which will be published on this blog soon.

Upon arrival in Arnhem you're really starting to realize how fast the car went. When you cross the border, you're not driving any faster than 120 kilometers an hour. That's the moment you know you're back in Holland, a place where you can't take out the beast in your car.

Stay tuned for the video!

For more footage, check this report on Autogespot.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erg leuk geschreven Jeroen! Heel gaaf dat je die Turbo hebt weten te regelen :D

November 21, 2007 at 10:16 PM


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