Wednesday, 1 October 2014

ME AND MY CAR/MOTORCYCLE No.15
PORSCHE 924 CARRERA GT
OWNER: ROY SMITH

Porsche 924 Carrera GT, owned by Roy Smith is a fitting 'me and my car' subject with Roy's exciting book on the 924 Carrera coming soon.


"It is a source of great satisfaction to be the lucky owner of an original Carrera 924 GT, one of the rarest of Porsche products – most of the marque's cars had much longer production runs. That mine is one of 400 homologation specials built so Porsche could run the car in the GT class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours adds a special pleasure.

"All the road-testers at the time rated the 924 Carrera GT as one of the best-handling cars produced by Porsche. With 210bhp, a top speed of 148mph, and near 50/50 weight balance, it is something special. No less a figure than Jurgen Barth said: "It is a special car and can hold its own in the handling department, as well as many of today's super Porsches." That it is over 30 years old, still turns heads, runs 100mph+ with ease (though with respect to its age I don't push the original engine too hard), is unmodified, and looks like a million dollars in the shiny stakes, are all the reasons I own it. It is easy to live with, uses little fuel, starts first time, and just look at the way the values are rising – all the reasons why I like it so much! If you get the chance, don't hesitate. Buy one."
Roy Smith


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Available now!
The Porsche 924 Carrera - evolution to excellence

By Roy Smith
Forewords by Norbert Singer, Jürgen Barth & Derek Bell.

The 924 Carrera was a homologation model built to qualify the 924 model to race in Group 4. One of the great supercars of the 1980s, the 924 Carrera was considered by many to have better handling characteristics than Porsche’s flagship 911. The book features interviews with many of those involved with the car at the time together with race stories, statistics, and a unique exposé of component failures during racing. More info.