Sometimes I have to pinch myself. Yesterday was one of those days, arriving at Pembrey in Wales to find not one, but two, insanely exciting cars, neither of which I'd driven in the past. The first, a Porsche 935 Turbo - aka "Whale Tale" - that so inspired sportscar racing fans of the seventies with it's sheer absurdity. Barely recognisable from the humble 911 that forms its base, the 935 is absurdly wide, absurdly powerful (the team reckoned 700+bhp, they weren't sure!), and absurdly AWESOME. There to help coach the owner and provide some thoughts on set-up, I wondered how such monster could ever be tamed on the relatively little Pembrey circuit in Wales. Watch the video to find out how it went. I wish I'd had a mic in the helmet because I was honestly giggling like a school girl most of the time - it must be the only car ever to have made me literally laugh out loud while accelerating!
Second up, the breathtaking ex-works, Rothmans Porsche 956 - the car that finished third overall at Le Mans in 1982 when Porsche's brace of three factory-entered cars filled the podium. Make no mistake, having whiled-away many an hour making models and drawing pictures of this car as a kid, this was dream come true territory for me. Sadly, our running was inhibited by mechanical gremlins that prevented a proper run (hence no sensible onboard to share), but nonetheless just to be sat at that wheel, with that view, was truly sensational... and totally counts;)