Media accreditation for the 2014 FIA 6 Hours of Silverstone dropped through the virtual letterbox this morning. The 6 Hours will be our first opportunity to see Porsche’s 919 Hybrid LMP1 technology put to the test in its maiden race on Sunday, April 20.

Ferdinand Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1

“It’s completely different, totally new,” says Romain Dumas (below). “We have to be focused, motivated, as it’s very difficult for a driver to adjust and understand all these things. For sure it is the most intelligent driver and team who will win the race.”

Ferdinand Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 Romain Dumas

“For us as drivers in the cockpit, it’s quite busy,” adds Mark Webber. “Still we have to brake as late as possible and keep the rhythm up to a very high level: that’s our job. The good guys will still find a way to be very, very quick.”

Running a combination of 2-litre V4 turbo petrol engine and two separate energy recovery systems, the 919 has a sound all of its own. I like this video capturing the 919 Hybrid on track at Paul Ricard alongside the 991 RSR for comparison. What do you think on LMP1 noise versus 911?

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Spent some time with a very sweet 1966 Porsche 912 at leading classic Porsche specialist, Tuthill Porsche today. Owned by a single family from new, this 94,000-mile Light Ivory car was being prepared to depart for the Silverstone Auctions classic car sale at the NEC this weekend.

Tuthill Porsche 912 1966 For Sale Auction (3)

Sitting behind the wheel in peace and quiet, the air was filled with the smell of old car. Wood dash, leather seats, simple machinery with so much presence. A fantastic way to unwind for five minutes.

Tuthill Porsche 912 1966 For Sale Auction (2)

Silverstone Auctions estimate the selling price somewhere between £28,000 and £32,000. I might place it slightly higher. I didn’t have a good look at the car but it does have a sense of ancient solidity: not too many RHD 912s around in this condition.

Tuthill Porsche 912 1966 For Sale Auction (1)

Slightly sad story, as the owner who inherited the car from his dad – the original buyer – is suffering the indignities of age and can no longer use the 912. None of us know what’s around the corner: enjoy your cars while you’ve got the chance.

See the full range of collector cars on offer at the NEC Classic Car Auction this weekend.

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I’m about to jump in the Cayenne and head for Earls Court and the 2014 London Book Fair with our latest project. Cayenne is running well, the first Cult of Porsche book looks great, sun is out. The perfect Tuesday!

Cult of Porsche book Ferdinand Magazine Publishing

Cult of Porsche book Ferdinand Magazine Publishing (1)

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EB Motorsport has opened its 2014 FIA Masters Historic challenge at the Espiritu de Montjuic Barcelona event. The RSR took a pair of wins in both Trofeo Javier del Arco races amongst a field of historic touring cars, and a class win in the Masters Historic Sports Car race.

EB Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR parts 1

Qualifying second on the grid behind a De Tomaso for the first Javier del Arco race on Saturday, EB’s Mark Bates in his Porsche 911 RSR quickly found a rhythm around the Circuit de Catalunya, snatched first place from the pole-sitting Pantera and claimed his first win of 2014 at the chequered flag, twelve seconds ahead of Manuel Hermida’s BMW M3 touring car.

EB Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR parts 2

Starting from pole in Sunday’s race two, Bates’ RSR swapped fastest sector times with the M3 to the flag, but while Hermida chalked up two out of three fastest sector times, the win went to Bates’ Light Yellow Porsche, just two seconds ahead of the M3 after twenty five minutes of racing. Close contest!

In Masters Historic, Mark came home first in class (Pescarolo), behind the sole GT40 running. The Formula 1 layout at Barcelona favours the historic sports cars’ higher gearing, top speeds and aerodynamic bodywork, but the 911 gave it a good run, with a fastest lap a little over a second slower than the sleek Le Mans-winning Ford.

EB Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR parts 3

Barcelona was EB’s bogey track last year, when a gearbox issue put paid to a defence of their back-to-back titles. Finishing three tough races in two days reliably and on the top step throughout will inspire some confidence. Roll on the next round at Donington Historic Festival from May 3-5!

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Kinetic DRA-6001 DAB Aerial Fit on Porsche Cayenne

April 6, 2014

Now that the Cayenne is home with its gearbox problems sorted, I took a few hours off yesterday morning to get the DAB digital radio install finished. I use the car on a twenty-mile countryside school run every morning and only the 6 Music breakfast show will do for that task. I’ve tried a few […]

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Cult of Porsche Book News Update

April 6, 2014

I spent a good morning with our friends from Ricoh Production & Print on Friday, trimming the first bound copies of our Cult of Porsche book down to size. The work was done at Morgana print finishers in Milton Keynes. If you thought producing books was all about printing then think again: Morgana’s range of […]

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Cult of Porsche Book for 2014 London Book Fair

April 4, 2014

Less than 5 days to go to London Book Fair 2014. Version 1 of our Cult of Porsche book has been printed and bound, and I’m off out the door to Ricoh’s print finishers in Milton Keynes to watch them trimming the book down to size. Bonus is I am driving the Cayenne there – […]

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1965 Porsche 911 Cabriolet: Mercy Killing

April 4, 2014

Been doing a lot of Porsche inspections lately. I only look at impact bumper 911s and don’t advertise my services, so it shows just how much interest there is around these Porsches right now. I can’t share any inspection pics, but I can share this: a cabriolet built on a 1965 911 recently dragged out […]

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Falken Porsche brings Feng Shui to the Nürburgring

April 1, 2014

Following an early end to their first VLN round of 2014, with our near-neighbour Peter Dumbreck and Porsche works pilot Michael Christensen sharing driving duties, Falken Porsche Motorsport has turned to its Eastern roots for race success. On the advice of an ancient Asian Feng Shui Master, Falken Porsche has realigned race team energy around […]

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Porsche LMP1 runs rings around Bernie’s Tax Loophole

March 31, 2014

Sky F1 followed its coverage of yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix with archive footage from the 1971 F1 season. This was the first year that F1 ran at the just-built Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. The first French GP at Ricard came near the end of a season where Jackie Stewart’s dominance in […]

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