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I had visions of carbon fiber clouds and lots of dust filling the air followed by higher Porsche parts prices.......whew, that was a close one!
Old 11-20-2007, 02:08 PM
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It's good to be Wayne in a 959, with a blonde beside you...

I think I have song here!!!?
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Good to get that checked off the list.
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[QUOTE=JMatta;3599451]It's good to be Wayne in a 959, with a blonde beside you...

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[QUOTE=JMatta;3599451]It's good to be Wayne in a 959, with a blonde beside you...

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Okay I stand corrected......it is good to be Wayne..............Period!
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Wayne,

Congratulations.

First, you tested the limits. That is good for your driving skills and set-up techniques.

Second is what Pelicans Scott and particularly Christien said. You have a unique responsibility both to explore the design limits of this very special 911 and keep yourself (and the car) alive. I would approach the limits cautiously and make sure all the systems work as intended and better.

I hope you live to tell this story because it is an important one. The next step is a CGT. I would like to see both carefully pushed to their limits.

“Drive carefully; the life you save may be your own.”

I apologize if seeming trite or judgmental, not my intent. These are serious issues for driver safety and our ability to further Porsche’s great period engineering. Your 959 is much ‘older’ than my 718 was when I first purchased it. Similar developmental and driving issues apply.

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damnyou damnyou damnyou, all you California Pelicans! We are suppossed to get snow tonight, so the turbo is safely sitting under the cover.

I soooo need to drive it out to CA for one of your fun track days.

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Well, I'm here in CA and had planned on attending. In fact, I was to bring a Boxster for testing for Wayne's new book on Boxsters (which I'm eagerly awaiting). However, last Saturday morning I woke up with the flu and haven't felt right since. So, I had to back out. It might have well snowed here, too, for my luck.

I think the Boxster would have been a good car for Streets, especially in a field of mostly early 911s and a 959. Might have showed its better side.

I wonder how an all wheel drive car feels in the tight turns of Streets. Aside from the long gears and big power, did it have anything for the light and nimble early cars out there? Wayne?

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Wayne,

Congratulations.

First, you tested the limits. That is good for your driving skills and set-up techniques.

The next step is a CGT.


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Lot of car for a little track. It would be interesting. Maybe next time they do this, one can show up.

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The 959 is a bit too powerful for this track, I'm on part-throttle almost all the way. The RS clone with about 250 HP and 2500 lbs is a much better fit. I think I'll bring that one and the super-Boxster next time (if it's done - we're working on it right now). The Boxster Milt was going to bring was my wife's Tiptronic car - I was curious to see how the tip would do here, I think it would do very well, as shift changes are often, and problematic in the tight corners. I think it would have done very, very well.

As for safety, I am being very careful. I think that the car stalled out after coming off of the throttle, and that changed the steering input for me, right through the chicane. It happened again through another section of the track, and I was more prepared for it this time, as I was watching for it. Lesson learned there, when dealing with a power steering power brakes car - it changes dramatically if you lose that power at a critical moment.

Still, lots of fun here. Streets of Willow is a very forgiving track with almost no walls to screw you up. I don't think I would want to take the 959 on the main Willow Springs track - too much concrete.

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The front end of the 959 makes you really see where the 993 came from.

Great to see the car on the track.
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The front end of the 959 makes you really see where the 993 came from.

Great to see the car on the track.
Reminds me most of the 968, then the 993.
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Looks like you got a R-Replica, flared long hood, and a stock long hood behind you. What an amazing set of Porsches. If I were you I would take it just a bit easier on the 959 considering prices of replacement parts and build up that 996 or something for the track. A 959 fender might cost more than the whole car cost you.
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Is there any video by chance? ..of the 959 or any of the 911s? ..or even the killer Boxster?

I'm going through serious withdrawals ...





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Glad everyone and the car came out unscathed. Also, it is so nice to see that you're actually driving it. What a pity it would be to have a car like that and keep it in an air-conditioned bubble or something. Cars are for driving!!
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Glad everyone and the car came out unscathed. Also, it is so nice to see that you're actually driving it. What a pity it would be to have a car like that and keep it in an air-conditioned bubble or something. Cars are for driving!!
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Sorry you didn't feel well Milt, that would have definitely been a fun day.

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Wayne is definitely driving it.

It's pretty inspiring to see his 959 being treated as a high-performance car and not as a ridiculously-expensive garage decoration.

I have more pictures from the day, which I'll sort through later. But here's a very quick video clip of Wayne's car from behind.



Why is the clip so short and uneventful? It's from when Wayne got sent out in the wrong run group and was just finishing one lap before going back in. And since my mic got unplugged again, I had to add music -- so you won't be able to hear the sound of a 959 coming on boost (which someone described to me today as being like when a movie subwoofer hits you in the sternum.)
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Can we get a full size image of that pic - would make a nice desktop background
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Maybe Wayne could put on a Bill Gates mask, or Jerry Seinfeld, and then have a pic taken of him driving around the track like that. Sell the pics to Mssrs Gates and Seinfeld for a fortune, lol.
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