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A whale of a tale – maintaining an ‘89 911 Carrera Sport in Zimbabwe

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport (1985)
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport (1985) in the Museum workshop

As I’ve explained on the few occasions I’ve burst into print in Porsche Road & Race, my enduring love affair with the Porsche brand was developed and nurtured from the late 1950s. My father, a dentist by profession, was very mechanically-minded and owned Beetles – and Mercs – from the early ‘50s, but it was our family doctor who raced VW-powered single seaters at the Belvedere and Marlborough circuits in Salisbury, who was most influential in culturing my “Zuffenhausen disease.”

The last Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupé (1989)
The last Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupé (1989)

You see, aside from the VW racing bug, he also built up a not inconsiderable collection of books centred on racing cars and racing personalities of the ‘50s, a period when Porsche was beginning to make a mark for itself with its fleet-of-foot air-cooled racers.

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