We take a ride in Peter Lentz’s Porsche 964 through Iceland’s most scenic mountainous switchback b-roads.
A commercial pilot for Icelandair by trade, Peter came across this jet black Carrera 4 and had to have it. “You know, because we don't have so many cars in Iceland for sale, I just grabbed the opportunity and bought the one that was on sale.” Not that you’ll hear Peter complain about the air-cooled beauty he had to ‘settle for.’
“I'm not especially keen on driving fast anymore. I used to when I was younger, but not anymore. I like flying fast, especially if you level off on top of the clouds. When you cruise along at 860, or 880, almost 900 kilometers an hour, you have an immense sense of acceleration and speed. So, I get my kicks for speed up there because on the roads it's not so sensible."
Living along the northern 64th parallel, it’s amusing if not a tad coincidental that he pilots a 964 when not charting commercial flight paths. Sheer ground speed isn’t what Peter is all about, but neither is his modern classic Carrera. “It's not about driving fast. You know, if you can drive a car that lies well on the road, feels good, sounds great, it's a good thing.”
With worn leather driving gloves fixed to the four-spoke yaw-controlling helm, right hand dancing with cogs through a well-used shifter stalk, Peter seamlessly stitches his driving passion with the age-old “pilots drive Porsches” adage.
“Of course, I didn't know that during my career I would get a job in Iceland. As it is for now, I've been with Icelandair for 18 years and, yeah, I always look forward to going to the job. The perfect end of the day is to go for a drive… in a Porsche.”
We join Goodwood test driver and BTCC champion Andrew Jordan for his first time in an ‘80s BMW 528 and he’s not holding back. We got a unique look at BMW’s first ‘Group A’ car as hit the Goodwood track with all its 220BHP might.
Andy Rouse's 1984 #BTCC-winning Rover SD-1, because "it's not about being pretty, it's about winning championships" #75MM
This week, in partnership with Toyota, we take a ride in Ron Ng’s pair of Toyota 86. Although 31 years separate Ron’s Toyotas, both cars were concocted from similar recipes intended to delivery a tasteful drive.
If you’re unfamiliar with the famous Japanese econobox tuned driver’s bargain, listen to what Ron has to say. After owning eleven classic AE 86, he’s gained an encyclopedic knowledge of the Japanese nostalgic car commonly referred to as Hachi-Roku—literally translating to “8-6.”
Ron can’t seem to shake his hankering for the AE 86. “Whether it’s the AE 86 or the new Toyota 86, they’re a blast to drive. I can't get away from it,” he says. After rebuilding six, Ron seems to be stuck with the hallmark Japanese hatchback, so he felt its modern equivalent, the new Toyota 86, would make the perfect addition.
“Driving the new Toyota 86, it definitely has the characteristics of driving the older Corolla. It’s engineered to be a driver’s car,” Ron states. Referring to his latest ‘86 GTS build and personal favorite Corolla to date, Ron admits it’s not an inherently fast car, “It's a momentum car. You always have to push it. You’ve gotta learn your brake points properly to keep your RPMs up.” So when driving Toyota's newest sportscar, Ron said "it kind of comes natural."
With the high-strung 4GE-swapped four-pot blaring, Ron wrings out his Hachi-Roku through the winding back roads of Southern California’s magnificent mountain terrain, emulating a picturesque scene torn from the pages of Japanese touge anime.
“The new 86, or the old AE 86 Corolla, both cars share an amazing driving spirit. It makes you want to go out and have fun and enjoy yourself," satisfyingly explains. That’s what it’s all about.
Shaun Lynn's classic AC Cobra was the first to ever race in the UK. It's had a hard and long racing life since then, with plenty of crashes and flames, but it's still tearing around the Goodwood circuit today #gwflatout
In a surprising result, Porsche's everyday supercar clocks a lap in the same time as its lighter, more focused 'motorsport' brother. Both handle the track in very different ways. It's downforce versus brute force in the first head-to-head hot lap.
A masterclass in modern turbocharging, the 488 GTB goes head to head with one of the most exciting naturally aspirated engines of the last decade, the 458 Speciale. However you feel about forced induction, there's no denying its effectiveness around Anglesey circuit in the latest head-to-head.
MODEL HISTORY Offered by Porsche in 1984 as a factory option, the Supersport Edition option code M491, essentially provided the showcase looks of a 930 Turbo, but natural aspiration and more palatable running costs were attractive to some, along with the added rarity. Whilst sharing most features with the turbo, including the wide body, rear aerodynamic ‘tea tray’ spoiler and Turbo brakes, some features of the Supersport including the G50 5-speed gearbox and stiffer suspension were deemed more desirable. The M491 option was particularly popular in the US within the first two years of launch as the 930 Turbo was not available. Just 75 cars were produced for the UK market, 35 of which were coupe bodied.