Well the bottom line is I won’t be trolling over to Suffolk to get the car back from Andy this weekend. I spoke to him yesterday and although there’s been progress and they’re starting to refabricate the front end of the chassis there’s still quite a bit of work to do. It’s a pity, especially as I’m away next weekend so won’t have it until 2 weeks time, which will then leave me a fortnight to get it sorted for Brands.
We also had a chat about the bonnet, Andy’s fibreglass contacts had reckoned it was pretty unsalvageable. I did speak to Chris at Fisher about a new bonnet and although it’s not quite as expensive as I thought it might be (£500) the problem is Fisher are in Kent and I suspect popping a bonnet in the post isn’t going to be an option. I did wonder about getting one when I go over to Andy’s to get the car but even that’s quite a long way, over 2 hours. My other plan was to salvage the bonnet temporarily and pick up the new one when we go over to Brands.
Andy’s also going to source me a replacement silencer – he can get a 7″ silencer that is generally too long for our cars but can be cut down to suit. It won’t be cheap but I really need a silencer that’s going to do the job and not leave me worrying about getting through noise tests. It will mean I can get the car on trackdays as well. We’re hoping to salvage the cat out of my silencer but it’ll need inspecting in view of Tim’s debacle.
I just have to be philosophical about it. I’m confident I will be at Brands but I’m going to have my work cut out to have the car ready with just one full weekend to get it sorted.
Last weekend was pretty hectic – I’d decided to stick the Cayenne and my 2 bikes on the market. The Cayenne had had a service early in the week before and I’d had a trade bid from the dealership in Cardiff so that gave me a benchmark figure. They all went on Pistonheads on Thursday night, the bikes in MCN. I had a serious caller about the R1 Friday and he came and saw it and paid a deposit on Saturday morning having agreed the full asking price. A guy from Doncaster ended up coming down very late (arrived half past midnight) Sunday night and paid cash for the Aprilia. I had 2 dealers from London interested in the Cayenne and that went on Monday. Interestingly the dealers were offering more than the private buyers who seemed to think they could steal the car. They sounded quite crestfallen when I was telling them dealers were already bidding me over £1,000 more than they’d just offered!
So the good news is I’ll have lots more room in the garage. You might think I’d be better off financially too but of course that’s not to be. When the Cayenne was having its service the b******s at Porsche Centre Cardiff gave me a Cayman S as a courtesy car for a couple of days and to be honest it’s probably the best road car I’ve driven apart from maybe the GT3 I had. I did drive a Boxster a few years ago and although it was less powerful than the 911 I had at the time it impressed as a well balanced little car with great handling. The Cayman is based on the same chassis but is of course a bit more rigid and has more power. Having had the tiptronic Cayenne for 4 years and the F1 paddle shift 360 Spider for over 2 years it was actually really nice to get back into a manual road car again and the pedals were placed so even I could heel and toe it. Of course it didn’t have quite the punch of the GT3 but it’s less compromised as a road car – I could never use the GT3 for work cos it was too low to get down the ramp into the car park at the surgery! Jen really liked the car but wondered if she’d prefer a Boxster so we spent Saturday afternoon drinking Porsche’s coffee in Cardiff looking over cars and ended up agreeing that the Cayman looked the better car and was nicer inside – although the Boxster is nice with the roof down it’s a bit dark and claustrophobic when it’s up. I’ll stick a couple of pics up when she arrives next week