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2020/05/20 14:42:26 (permalink)

Out of Africa...

                                  
This photo was taken not far from a small mining town in central Zimbabwe on 24th December, 1975.
 

The 356 belonged to my late great friend and rallying partner Mike Rademeyer.
 
At the time, I had owned the 911 for just 6 months.  It is still mine...and in ten days' time, we will have been together for 45 years.
 
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1969 911 T Coupe.
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/20 19:38:47 (permalink)
Congratulations and thank you for sharing! Where are you both based now?
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/20 21:30:29 (permalink)
Thank you!  There can't have been many occasions when a 356 and a 911 were parked alongside each other in the middle of Africa!
As far as I know the 356 is now in South Africa, but the 911 is with me in the Vale of Clwyd, North Wales.
 
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/21 09:22:43 (permalink)
Great photo Arfor. 

Quite a while since we last met and I hope that your keeping well.
 
PS I hope they didn't screw the front number plate onto the bonnet!


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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/21 12:34:21 (permalink)
Hello Arfor, Congratulations on being together for 45 years,
I remember the problems you had in getting the car out of Zimbabwe, it was all worth while in the end, but with many anxious moments. 
 
There is something special about owning and driving the same car for all those years that many Porsche owners do not understand. It is like having the best friend you could ever have, something you feel very comfortable with.
Long may you keep enjoying each other and will soon be out driving later this year. Best Wishes to you both.
 

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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/21 14:24:23 (permalink)
Thank you Peter and Robin for your kind words - much appreciated.
 
In the photograph, the car is displaying its Rhodesian/Zimbabwean registration number, but what is not obvious is that hidden beneath the adhesive number plate are two others!  When the car was first registered at the end of October, 1968, I think I'm right in saying that it was AFN's practice at that time to fit adhesive front number plates to new cars.  Six months later, when the car changed hands, the second owner re-registered the car with his own 'personal' number and the new adhesive registration plate was positioned directly over the existing number plate.  Fast forward to 1973 - the car is in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the car acquired its third registration number and a new adhesive registration plate was placed over the other two number plates. Two years later I bought the car, by which time of course, it was already displaying its Rhodesian/Zimbabwean registration plates.  From this description it would seem that the car, bearing three adhesive number plates stuck on top of each other, would have looked appalling.  But so accurately and carefully had they been positioned that nobody ever realised  that beneath the yellow Rhodesian/Zimbabwean number plate, there were two British plates.  On returning the car to the UK, naturally another re-registration was necessary, and after negotiations with the DVLA, the car was re-united with its original British registration number.  The old registration plates were all removed and replaced by a new adhesive plate, and not a single hole had ever been drilled!
 
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1969 911 T Coupe.
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/21 21:46:23 (permalink)
Well done and congratulations!
Thanks for sharing the pic and the story and, yes, as Robin said, there´s something special about keeping a car for a long, long time. I agree with every single word Robin said about that. Hopefully you´ll be able to do many more miles in that 911 and enjoy that special feeling of having a faithful mate sitting in the garage.
 
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/23 17:48:07 (permalink)
Hello Arfor, 45 years is quite a time!
Why have you kept it for so very long?

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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/24 13:57:27 (permalink)
Gentlemen, thank you for your kind comments.
 
After all these years, perhaps selling the car would, for me, be akin to selling an arm or a leg.  It just won't happen!
 
But maybe the circumstances surrounding my acquisition of the car has something to do with it:  from first seeing the car on display at Earls Court during October, 1968, where all the then new 'LWB' models were on show, to coincidentally meeting up with the car and its then owner in a small country town in Zimbabwe in 1973, to buying the car two years later... has prompted a number of people to remark that I was meant to have the car.

 
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/24 14:31:17 (permalink)
Afor
I can understand you would never sell your lovely car having heard the story about it from you at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park a few years ago as well as being reminded of it by both the cover photo & accompanying article in Porsche Post,subsequently.
It makes a great ownership story.
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Re: Out of Africa... 2020/05/26 19:43:02 (permalink)
Colin,
Yes, I remember very well meeting you at Oulton Park - my first ever visit to the circuit, and you kindly showed me around your red 924.
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