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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/27 11:11:23 (permalink)
I agree. There is a blatant disregard for rules in the UK and I have an example of that on my doorstep with neighbours throwing VE Day communal parties. Now I have no objection to celebrating such occasions but do it in a way that fits the current situation, not have a full on party in the front garden! 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/27 11:17:18 (permalink)
For my sins I am a Parish Councillor and our Parish decided to allot a sum of money to each of our eight areas to commemorate VE day. Sadly due to Covid these rememberances have been put on hold for the time being.
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/27 11:33:20 (permalink)
Different nations; different psyches. 
 
Like Dan's example, I noticed that one of the roads in my village had a street party with neighbours seated in their own front gardens. That was fine but I noticed that the young kids appeared to be running around freely, rather making a nonsense of social distancing.
 
I think your approach makes much more sense Ray, delaying the event for a few months when everyone can celebrate both VE Day and a (hopefully) an end to total lockdown.
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/27 11:41:30 (permalink)
Everything at the moment is either on hold or has been cancelled in our village/Parish. We have had our annual Open Gardens event and our local fete both cancelled for this year. Just as it is.

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/27 11:46:37 (permalink)
One thing which has increased has been the boy racers on their bikes and in their cars. Some must be just shy of 100mph in a 40mph zone carring some of that speed into the 30mph zone. It's just a handful but it needs stopping, I have contacted the police several times over the years but v/little changes. We dropped the speed in one section from 60mph to 40mph, no effect apart from the huge cost of the exercise of doing so from the public purse.

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/27 13:01:44 (permalink)
DWaldie

 
Wish I hcould join you; a bit far to go in one day :( Can't imagine the weather will be this consistently good next year. I'm sure I recall a Top Gear where they drove around the top of the highlands. The roads looked superb. I'd welcome any recommended routes/hotels for future reference. If I'm passing I'll take you for a dram :)




David,
 
My playground up here is so vast it's difficult to know where to start as regards recommended routes to try. Here's a couple for starters. Both are day trips.
 
Take the A9 Kessock Bridge at Inverness to Tore roundabout, then the A835 to Garve. 2 miles after Garve take the A832 to Achnasheen and Kinlochewe. Take the left onto A896 to Torridon, Sheildaig, and Kishorn and Loch Carron. Take the A890 on the right to Auchtertyre, then turn right onto the A87 to Invergarry. Take the A82 north along Loch Ness back to Inverness.
 
From Inverness take the A862 towards Beauly, then left on the A833 and A831 to Milton and Cannish. At Struy, take the unclassified road on the left to Glen Strathfarar. Glen Strathfarar is a private glen with a gatekeeper. The SSE Hydro Electric scheme operates a series of dams for hydro electric power generation. You can either park in the car park near the farm, or continue to the gatekeepers cottage where someone will open the gate for access. Your car registration will be noted. The Glen is closed to vehicles on a Tuesday, except for SSE workers. The road is very narrow in places with only a few passing places, there are also some potholes to look out for, but I have taken my Cayman all the way to the hydro dam at the end of the road, a distance of about 17 miles. You have to return by the same route. It's an excellent cycling route, especially on Tuesdays when closed to cars. Return to Inverness via the A831 and A862. The village of Beauly is only 2 miles from the junction with the A862 and is worth visit. There is a very good deli cafe near the ruined Abbey for light lunch or tea, coffee, in the centre of the village. 
 
Enjoy.......When Scotland opens that is.
 
Brian
                     
 
 
post edited by Brian_Innes - 2020/05/27 14:27:12

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2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
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2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/28 21:02:07 (permalink)
Cheers Brian. I'll save this post for future use. We could bring our bikes up. But not on the Cayman :)
 
Sounds like Wee Nippy might be letting you off the leash soon :)
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/29 09:30:17 (permalink)
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Cheers Brian. I'll save this post for future use. We could bring our bikes up. But not on the Cayman :)
 
Sounds like Wee Nippy might be letting you off the leash soon :)




Not yet apparently .... unfortunately it seems that Brian will have to wait a while yet. 
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/29 12:22:55 (permalink)
Not so Jeff,
 
I've been getting out and about locally on my e-bike and in the Abarth. Population density up here is very low, and taking appropriate precautions as a sensible and reasonably intelligent individual, I see no harm occurring to either myself or others by taking a drive or cycle on my own in the quiet and beautiful environment of the Moray coast. I have doggedly stuck to the confinement at home rules for almost 3 months now. As a single person living alone, it is in the interests of my mental well being to get outdoors and enjoy the lovely weather and fresh, clean, sea air.
 
 
The prescriptive constrains dictated to us by politicians are primarily aimed at the urban communities. The one-size-fits-all approach is wearing very thin, and for unfortunate individuals like myself who have limited active time left in their lives, I have decided to take the risk assessment decisions onboard myself in a calculated manner. I'm not intending driving 260 miles from home with Covid sufferers sharing my car, nor am I taking a 30 mile drive to test my eyesight. 
 
Garden centres and public places I shall avoid for the foreseeable future, also hotels, pubs and restaurants are off limits for me. I shall take my own picnic to a remote spot somewhere local, and enjoy the solitude of this majestic environment at my own discretion, and not at the diktat of politicians in Edinburgh or London.
 
Forgive the ranting tone, I just had to get this off my chest. 
 
Brian 

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2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
2016 718 Cayman S PDK
2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/29 12:38:39 (permalink)
Go for it Brian. We can always crowd-fund any fines you may incur 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/05/29 12:54:07 (permalink)
Brian,
 
I heartily agree with your comments. Really I was referring to the the fact that the official guidance is still that people in Scotland shouldn't travel more than five miles for recreational purposes ... but I'm sure that you'll be able stretch that slightly if necessary to find a secluded location where you'll not come into contact with anyone at all. 
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/06 12:31:15 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby AndrewCS 2020/06/06 14:31:29
Farewell GTS, Goodbye Cayman, Gone but not Forgotten.
 
The sun peeped over the eastern horizon yesterday at 04.21hrs as a new day dawned heralding the end of an era in my life. It is twelve years to the month since I turned the ignition key to fire-up the flat-six for the very first time in my 987 Porsche Cayman 2.7 5 speed manual. Yesterday, Friday June 5th 2020, I turned the ignition key in my 718 Cayman GTS to fire-up the 2.5 flat-four turbo for the very last time. The tingle of excitement remained as strong as ever, only absent on this occasion was the fission of expectation of driving it on the roads that I love. The weather was dire, the rain bouncing off the driveway as I parked the car for the final time. Such a shame as I spent the best part of the previous day prepping the GTS for its final journey south to Porsche Centre Chester, from where a driver had been despatched to collect the car at a pre-arranged time.
 
It was OPC Chester's decision to arrange the expeditious collection of my 718 Cayman GTS at this time. Having my car on site and readily available for sale following the extended lockdown period is entirely understandable from a pragmatic commercial point of view. I'm pleased to report the handover of my car to the driver went very smoothly. A flurry of emails had been exchanged earlier that day with the sales manager, Iain Joshua, including the signing of the all-important Proof of Purchase form, a copy of which was placed with the other official documents in a folder inside the car. I had disinfected the two sets of keys and their associated VTS driver's cards placing them in a poly bag to be left on the doorstep when the driver arrived. I had also taken precaution to disinfect all the driver's control surfaces and switches, including the internal and external door handles. Such are the times we now live in.
 
The Porsche Connect VTS service was phoned to advise the change of ownership. The very helpful advisor suggested I disarm the VTS on my phone app as soon as the driver drove off from my home. The registration of the VTS currently in my name for this car, would be cancelled the following day. I can say it was a very strange feeling seeing my GTS driven away from my home by someone else. It was a weird moment tinged with emotion for me personally.
 
Whoever the new owner is, they are sure to be getting a cracking good car. Fastidiously maintained, meticulously run-in, and with a carefully thought through keen driver's specification. My GTS also has Michelin PS4S N0 tyres on the wider Carrera Sport alloys, further enhanced by the Porsche Ceramic Brakes option. All of which are combined with tried and tested wheel alignment geometry settings established from many years of motorsport competition experience. To be short, this car drives very well, and is ideally suited to the roads in my locality.
 
As this is my final post on this thread, may I indulge in a personal statement on the demise of the flat-four GTS.
I was deeply dismayed when Porsche decided to abandon the 2.5 flat-four turbo in the new 2020 Cayman GTS, and replace it with a de-tuned version of the 982 Cayman GT4 4.0 engine. The 2.5 flat-four turbo could so easily have been tweaked to produce 400bhp together with a significantly enhanced torque curve trouncing that of the de-tuned 4.0 flat-six. Be that as it may, the combined weight of opinion from Porsche traditionalists and the considerable attractions of the USA market, sounded the death knell for the flat-four turbo with the exception of the base Boxster, Cayman, and "S" models. For me the saddest thing is, the loudest critical voices came not from owners of the then 2.5 718 GTS, but from those who had only briefly sampled the flat-four engines and subsequently written them off as unworthy of the Porsche brand. One notable motoring journalist stated so in his magazine report. The motoring media's early condemnation of the flat-four turbo carried considerable influence which became almost impossible to shake off. As a result, many people I suspect, went for a test drive of the new 718 with the preconception of not liking this engine. Power and torque improvements mattered little, it was all about the sound. What have Porsche done? A four cylinder turbo engine? Perish the thought! For many potential customers this was unforgivable.
 
From my experience, for what it is worth, I have a very different opinion. To ditch the flat-four turbo engine in the  performance mid-engined models is an opportunity missed by Porsche. Rampant emissions-minded authorities are gunning for the combustion engined cars, even more so now following the dramatic drop in global pollution levels as a result of the Covid lockdown. Big engines mean big pollution to the ill-informed eco-campaigner. Personally, I have nothing against six-cylinder engines. I love 'em. My new Macan Turbo has one. A petrol twin-turbo 2.9 V6 beauty pumping out 440bhp and a mighty 550Nm of torque. Rock-on Tommy! In my personal opinion, including my track experience of the 2.5 718 Cayman GTS, Porsche could have so easily developed the car into a track-focused machine of considerable distinction with the minimum of manufacturing costs. Unfortunately such a proposal ruffled the feathers of Herr AP and his GT division with their six-cylinder only policy. The GT division's thumbs-down evidently carried considerable added weight at Porsche board meetings. Thus the flat-four turbo development died, for subsequent GT cars anyway.
 
Whilst on the topic of track cars and tuning, just for the record I have the following thoughts had I been living in different times and circumstances. I may have considered the following modifications for my 718 CGTS.
 
1. Replace the stock front and rear suspension struts and springs with KW 3-way adjustable PASM compatible coil-over suspension units. Lower the car a further -10mm from the stock -20mm.
2. Source a second-hand set of 981 GT4 alloys and fit with Michelin Cup 2 Race tyres. These for track day use only.
3. Have the engine ECU re-mapped by FVD Brombacher in Germany to Stage 2 tune 430bhp - 550Nm torque.
 
All of the above could be completed for less that £10,000, resulting in a very capable car offering many years of enjoyable track day entertainment for a fraction of the cost of trading-up to a GT4. All academic perhaps, but certainly achievable if track days are your thing and speed is your king. Sort of sums me up I suppose, in a previous life that is.
 
I couldn't post this, my final offering on this thread, without extending my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have contributed to my various scribblings on the Cayman model over the past three years. I shall still drop-in occasionally to read what you are all getting up to in my absence. I shall be launching a new Macan Turbo thread in the Macan section when my new "Jeep" is delivered to Porsche Centre Chester, currently now due mid-August. I shall be very surprised indeed if my new thread creates similar volumes of interest as this one has done over the past 18 months. It has been pure joy to share with you my stories and experiences. I have also been very fortunate to have made many good friends and contacts during my association with the Cayman community across the whole of the UK. It has been particularly satisfying to have met many of you personally at various track day events and other venues where our paths have crossed from time to time. It has been an absolute privilege to have met you all, and I especially cherish the shared track day passenger and driver laps with you on more than a few of the best circuits in the UK. These experiences I shall cherish for the remainder of my life.
 
Take care all, and stay safe.
 
Brian
 
       
 
 
 
             
 
                                          
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Previous:
2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
2016 718 Cayman S PDK
2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK
Current:
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/06 12:32:51 (permalink)
Bye, Bye.
 
Brian
 
 
 

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2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
2016 718 Cayman S PDK
2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK
Current:
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/06 13:25:50 (permalink)
ill  miss the reports of your Cayman jaunts, but I’m ready to tune-in to the Macan forum to read about your new on, and off, road activities! 

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/06 13:32:09 (permalink)
Brian,
 
As a long-time follower of your very engaging posts, can I be among the first to thank you for your forum contributions and wish you well on your new Porsche path. Your comments always will be very welcome on here as an "associate Cayman contributor"!
 
I'm sure that many on here will also be keeping a lookout for your posts on the Macan forum, and equally I'm sure that although you'll miss the connection to the road provided by the Cayman you'll adapt quickly to the different stance and experience provided by one of the best Sport SUVs available.
 
All the very best,
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/06 14:42:02 (permalink)
Hi Brian,
 
Your flat four journey over the past four years has been a pleasure to read, observe and physically enjoy … those track day laps at Anglesey in the S being the ultimate highlight  ... thank you.
 
So, onwards and definitely `upwards`  … from another forthcoming Macan register associate 

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/07 12:48:49 (permalink)
Brian.  Thank you for contributing so much of your ownership experiences to these pages over the years.  Apart from being an interesting story, they also provide a lot of knowledge to the benefit of other owners and the overall enthusiasm we have for our cars.  I hope you will remain an honorary Cayman register member on the forum and we look forward to following your exploits with a 'big box'.  
 
Best wishes.

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/07 14:00:25 (permalink)
Hi Brian,
 
Just to echo other people’s best wishes.  I think we all felt a tinge of sadness at the departure of the Cayman - but cannot think of a better replacement in your situation.

Like others, I’ll miss your posts - although I’m sure you’ll give us the benefit of your experience from time to time.
 
As Jeff says above, I look forward to following your posts on the Macan register - you may manage to convert some of us!


Enjoy the Macan.
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/06/10 23:16:33 (permalink)
A fitting final ‘718’ post Brian, I’ve very much enjoyed following your adventures and occasionally adding my 2p’s worth on the subject. Especially during the emerging 718 days when us early adopters were branded as fools in our ‘fart boxes’ :). 
My 718 ownership seems a distant but fond memory now and next week I’m about to embark on another ‘touchie’ subject car adventure... an over priced Renault aka an Alpine A110, I get my tin hat and switch to the macan forum, see you there!
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2020/07/02 11:05:50 (permalink)
Morning Brian,
I'm sorry to hear that you are parting company with your GTS which has seen some great journeys since you became its first owner. It's a lovely high specification and someone will be very lucky to take ownership of it after your fastidious and meticulous care!  
However, you couldn't have made a more sensible choice in your new steed! I'd say that the Macan Turbo is perfectly suited to the Highlands in all weathers. Although I have never driven one, Andrea and I had some great times with her Macan SD which was perfect with the exception of the dreaded DPF which caused us issues due to the high number of short journeys made! The Turbo, I am sure is another beast altogether in terms of performance and we regret not going for a petrol when we placed her order. I can't wait to see and hear about yours on this forum and we are hopeful of making a trip up to the Highlands before Winter arrives so would love to see it, from a distance of course!
Best Wishes,
 
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