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27 Jul 2016

Visit to IAM meeting

Institute of Advanded Motorists in Astbury

Following on from the IAM visit to the R5 Club Night in May, a reciprocal invitation to attend their August meeting resulted in an interesting summer evening outing.

    A good turnout of PCGB members was boosted by TIPEC and other Porsche enthusiasts, the fine evening bringing out many classic Porsches as well as a few other collectable marques. An hour was spent admiring the various cars in the car park, followed by refreshments and a presentation.

    The IAM instructors don’t usually get to drive their trainees’ vehicles, so a request was made to Porsche Centre Wilmslow to bring along a car for test drives. Sales Executive Anthony Harding enthusiastically offered three cars for accompanied drives - a 991 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, a 718 Boxster and a Macan 3.0L S diesel. The only hardship was that I had to take the Boxster and my son Seb had to make do with the Macan!  We arrived in convoy at Astbury village hall after a very enjoyable drive, and took up our reserved parking with Astbury Church providing a majestic backdrop. Several instructors took the opportunity to sample these fine cars, definitely a first for some of them.

    Dave Trafford then entertained us with his presentation on the evolution of the 911, detailing the important changes made during 53 years of production.  Constant improvements for racing and rallying have helped to make the 911 such an iconic sports car. A light hearted Q & A rounded off the talk.

    IAM instructors were available to discuss the benefits of signing up to the Advanced Driving Course, and I am sure there will be a few more of our members to add to those who joined at our May Club Night.  Many thanks to John Twigg (Chairman of the Congleton and Macclesfield Advanced Drivers and Riders) for inviting R5, and thanks also to Jason Shenton (Dealer Principal) and Anthony Harding of Porsche Centre Wilmslow for their continued support of the Region.


North West Membership

During the July club night a question was posed regarding the total membership of Region 5. At the time a definitive answer was not available, but it can now be confirmed that the regional membership stands at 685. Furthermore, a total of 97 of the members have joined the club since the start of 2016.

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