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31 years and rolling on

I should really update this blog more often. The truth is I don't think of the internet when I take TheHoff for a drive.

Just two weekends ago I pulled the 944 out of winter hibernation and took a friend on a drive. We took in some motorways miles and then some country back roads before pulling into a pub for lunch.

It was one of those glorious spring days in southern England and driving TheHoff was pure pleasure.

What I did notice was some clunking from up front & a pull to the right when I brakes, so when I arrived back at home I drove up on the ramps and took a good look around underneath. What I found was rather alarming - the right side rear wishbone bolts were lose...I tightened them up, and everything else I could find, and then took the car down to the garage to have the wheel alignment checked. With that sorted TheHoff was as solid as you'd like on the way home.

This morning it was annual MOT test time - that's the yearly road worthy test here in the UK. After running through the bulbs I discovered that the rear fog light wasn't illuminating and traced the problem to the relay in the fuse box. I swapped it out and up it lit. Quick fix and then off to the testing station. No problems there as the 944 now has a fresh MOT for another year. Happy days.

I've had some great drives over the past year but I really should get out more often!

What I did do last summer, which I've not mentioned in my blog is the few track day sessions at Brands Hatch. They've been great opportunities to develop driving skills but with two spins at Paddock Hill bend in cooler conditions, I've figured this car has a lot more potential than my current driving's easier to push when the suns out and there's more grip.

I've determined that new tyres will be next on the list before pushing harder on track again. These street performance tyres really do lack the grip the rear end needs when the track surface is cool and damp in the early evenings. If you've driven Paddock Hill bend at speed you'll know exactly what I mean - it's a challenging corner to get right.


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