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  1. Living in the South East the only time you can really enjoy the roads is early morning or late at night. I find it utterly brilliant for clearing the mind. And just because I like the photo here is a completely gratuitous shot 😀 Anymore sunrise (or sunset) shots?
    14 points
  2. Well it's that time of year again, and what a year it's been!! I'm sure for some this Christmas will be a strange one and for others maybe even a tough one without friends and family not able to visit, but whatever position you're in let's celebrate the best we can and move onwards and leave 2020 behind us! I sincerely hope that next year is an improvement in many ways, from a Club perspective I've missed seeing many of you in person and I hope that we can convene soon in some way. Stay safe, enjoy yourselves, have a merry Christmas and see you in 2021! Nick and the OC Team
    11 points
  3. Well the day has arrived and passed and what an attendance we had! I would just like to say a massive thank you to everybody that turned out and supported the event, an event is only ever as good as the people attending and the people today were a lovely friendly bunch and really made it a day to remember. In the end we had 40 Cayman R's and 5 987 Spyder's in attendance and a whole bunch of other lovely pork to boot. Thanks again everyone, once the totals have been counted for the charities i will post the amounts raised for the two good causes. lovely to meet so many like minded enthusiasts and i look forward to seeing lots of you again. thanks Peter (Budflicker)
    9 points
  4. Fantastic day today, really enjoyed it and great catching up with so many people too, been too long! Great work Pete, nailed it mate!! 👍
    9 points
  5. Carrara white body colour matched, and ties in nicely with all the other (factory fitted) colour coded trim around the cockpit. £350 for prep and painting from a fantastic paint shop in Milton Keynes. It took the shop a day+ just remove the soft touch coating and sand back to bare plastic. 😳 I can highly recommend the workmanship of Martin at: http://www.ro-fit.co.uk/
    9 points
  6. Hi all, Just a little warning about a company advertising Porsche parts on eBay/Google etc. They are called LLL Parts and claim to be a UK parts distributor. Sadly they are not (their company address turns out to be a takeaway in London). Thankfully I paid PayPal but its still a faff trying to disprove all of their lies. This outfit is actually run out of Lithuania by a random guy (its literally one guy and the customer service team are all the same person) so do beware
    8 points
  7. Hi everyone, Having lost my job (professional car designer) due to Covid19 I've decided to focus on what I love doing and I'm passionate about and hopefully turn it into a business: designing custom parts for Porsche cars starting with the 987 platform initially. The idea is to have a UK based business without the need to import from other countries, but equally I'd be happy to ship anywhere in the world. For us here in UK I see not may options and more importantly they are always way too expensive. Parts will be made out of composite (GRP) and ABS (4mm thickness for premium parts!) Initially: - Ducktail (both GEN1 and GEN2 Cayman 987) - Side vents (both GEN1 and GEN2 Cayman and Boxster 987) - Front splitter (same style but 2 designs to work for both GEN1 and GEN2 Cayman) Following: - Front bumper intake with integrated brake cooling ducts (customer can decided whether to use this later feature or not) (same style but 2 designs to work for both GEN1 and GEN2 Cayman) For more info follow my new Insta page @porsche_design_innovations or at this link https://www.instagram.com/pdi_design_innovations/ Ducktail, currently being developed/engineered and in the next 7-10 days I shall get the first prototype for fitting and testing purposes. WIP: side vent, clean design with integrated mesh WIP: Front splitter WIP: Front intakes with integrated ducts and LED lights GENERAL INFO: Car is lowered, and running ATS GTR wheels, 9J front with 255/35 R18 and 10J rear with 275/35 R18 so you can have an idea of the stance. (these were all modelled from official specs) If you fancy a custom render of your car with your car paint, car height from the ground (and I can try with your wheels on) just ask. Any question or if you would like to register interest/pre order for when the first parts get produced please PM me, also if you want to support my new Instagram page then search for Porsche_Design_Innovation or follow this link https://www.instagram.com/porsche_design_innovations/ Cheers. Andrea
    8 points
  8. Hey guys. Figured some in here might be interested in this. We spent a very long time trying to figure how to reduce weight on an already pretty light car... Carbon deck-lid and doors sprang to mind. That was nearly a year ago! lol And thanks to being at home every day for 12 weeks - here's the first piece... Finally ready for the glass and a test fitting on the car. Pretty happy - 3.5 kg -
    8 points
  9. Quick update, Date is confirmed as Sunday 9th May 2021 at The Sharnbrook Hotel and the itinerary for the day will be something as follows. Separate parking for Cayman R's and Spyder’s away from any other cars or spectator cars, the day would be an initial meet and greet, some photos, look at all the cars, meet everyone and have a chat and catch up for a couple of hours or so, some food at lunch to be something very casual and outdoor, so either a Pizza, burger type thing or a BBQ - no sit-down meal. We will then finish with a drive out on a pre-planned route as a group to a finishing destination for some final photos and a goodbye before all going home. A small entry ticket fee to cover the venues expenses and make it worth their while to get involved to me seems fair, especially as it includes your food and drink. Otherwise we end up just meeting in a car park on an industrial estate or getting Porsche Club GB involved who likely will completely take over. https://www.thesharnbrookhotel.com/ https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Sharnbrook/@52.1455894,-1.0346272,7z/data=!4m8!3m7!1s0x4877baffdb2f546f:0x1d246c2b76d1c6b!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d52.2335624!4d-0.5309851 Ok, so that's the plan guys and girls. Let's all look forward to the largest ever gathering of R's and Spyder's and a great day. . So everybody, i have now gathered all the colour information on the cars registered thus far which is listed below. We have 51 R's and 4 Spyder's so if anybody knows 987 Spyder owners give them a nudge. Colour breakdown is as follows. Carrara White - 16 Peridot Green - 13 Black - 8 Meteor Grey - 3 Guards Red - 3 Platinum Silver - 3 Viper Green - 1 Aqua Blue - 2 Speed Yellow - 1 Cayman R's 0. Beanoir - Honorary Cayman R owner and Cayman OC founder. - BOOKED 1. Budflicker - Viper Green - BOOKED 2. Pandalf - Carrara White BOOKED 3. Frayz -Peridot Green - BOOKED 4. S3 AKR - Carrara White - BOOKED 5. Jlittlejohn - Carrara White 6. Y3 OWA - Carrara white 7. Stu T = Carrara white 8. SJE - Aqua Blue 9. Cliff R - Peridot Green 10. Swanny71 - Silver - BOOKED 11. 911Jon - Silver 12. Mogsmex - Carrara White - BOOKED 13. Jon704 - Carrara White - BOOKED 14. Ian Jones -Peridot Green - BOOKED 15. Pete the Glass - Black. 16. RSX Boy -Meteor Grey 17. CaymanR - Meteor grey. 18. Julian987 - Black 19. Andy Fagan - Carrara White 20. Immunda - Peridot green - BOOKED 21. Simon Jolly -Guards Red 22. b4llyd - Peridot Green - BOOKED 23. Felixgogo - Silver 24. Paul Davis - Peridot Green 25. Martin -Aqua Blue 26. Grant 964 - Carrara White 27. Gary Stanford - Peridot Green 28. Draven -Guards Red - BOOKED 29. K400RDY -Meteor Grey 30. Cl0v3rl3af - Carrara White - BOOKED 31. Raj Mistry -Guards Red 32. N24WAX - Black 33. Tiffany Barker - Carrara White 34. ScouseR - Carrara White 35. PeterB24 - Black 36. Paul Stevens - Black 37. ClioTrophey55 - Peridot Green - BOOKED 38. Gregarious - Peridot Green 39. Andrew Oakley -Carrara White - BOOKED 40. 4Lime -Black 41. Matt UK - Peridot Green 42. Stumpjumper - Black 43. Eastwood1875 -Black. 44. Alexjc4 - Peridot green. 45. Deltamikealpha - Guards Red 46. N8jgo - Speed Yelow 47. AndyOz - Carrara White 48. A1 9URJ - Carrara White - ? 49. GBEE - Carrara White-BOOKED 50. Phone - Peridot - BOOKED 51. crxvtec - Peridot - BOOKED 52. Nigel Watkins. - Carrara White - BOOKED 53. V800MJH - Unknown - BOOKED 54. CooperR. - Carrara White - BOOKED 987 Spyder's 1. Porsche GT4 - Carrara White 2. Stuart Mclaren - Carrara White 3. Spyderman - Guards Red 4. Brad Page - Carrara White PLEASE SEND ME A DM TO TELL ME ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED AND I WILL KEEP THE LIST UPDATED.
    8 points
  10. As the thread title says, new(ish) member, I registered six or so months ago but haven't posted, so hello! My car will be known on here though, it used to belong to Nis200K, who I managed to stalk/get in touch with when I saw the CaymanOC sticker in the window and found his for sale thread on here, albeit after I'd bought the car from the dealer he PX'd it to. We've exchanged a few messages and he's been very helpful, and the car is a credit to his ownership. It's a 2010 987.2 Cayman S PDK Sport Chrono Plus with 19" Carrera 2 alloys, Bi Xenons, Bose, Cruise Control, Rear Parking Sensors, Embossed Seats and Arm Rest. It's the first Porsche I've owned, and I love it! The poise and balance of the car are amazing, I love the noise from behind my head. It still feels special getting into it, and I still turn and look back as I walk away from it. It's booked in for it's MOT and fourth service next week, and I'm having the inspection done to put it back under warranty. Anyway, here's some pics from the day I picked it up, and just after I got it.
    8 points
  11. Pretty happy with these!
    8 points
  12. Gunning it round the alps that’s where! ? So I have absolutely decided that the M5 is not anywhere near as fun as my Cayman (s) have been up in the mountain roads. The long journey down however was definitely best done in the M5 - horses for courses. Speaking of horses, I saw Donkey sausages in a supermarket in Lake Como today...yes Donkey! I did a route through the Black Forest, different than I’ve done before but I recommend it, lovely smooth roads! Started in Baden-Baden, the first overnight stop, and head south from there on the 500 to Freudenstadt, 294 from there, pick up the 33 and back on the 500 into Triberg. Followed the 500 practically to the Swiss border from there with a few back roads taken for a bit of fun. I won’t cover all the usual passes, they’re very well covered elsewhere and in fact in previous threads of mine. Suffice to say, I have discovered that working with a map and going off the beaten track is a lot of fun and often rewards with lesser used roads and ultimately less traffic. One should not be afraid to travel in this way by planning their own route. One thing i’ve learnt is a trip up Stelvio in the middle of summer is just not fun, full of cyclists, camper vans and slow tourists, aside from that I think it’s generally an overrated experience as the passes go, but still many so called tour guides keep this on the itinerary, because of its fame. I know of some that now don’t cover it at all. We stayed in Menaggio on the western shore of Lake Como for a good few days and was a good base to get up into the mountains but also to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Lake and generally some days relaxing by the pool! It’s a beautiful place. Taking a drive out to the north east from Tirano, across the Swiss border (beware the Swiss draconian enforcement of their speed limits!) over to St Moritz covered a part of the Bernina pass i’d not yet driven and was a fabulous piece of road. Tirano is a lovely town and has some very interesting historic architecture and is the start of the famous Bernina Express. The road up beyond 1,000m elevation becomes wonderfully technical and some great compound bends with elevation to negotiate, often well sighted and good surface. The views just before the summit of Piz Bernina are better than from the summit. For info, just before the summit you can hang a right on a fantastic piece of road into Livigno. I’ve done this on previous trip and it’s highly recommended. Lake Livigno is beautiful and the petrol is super cheap (tax haven), keep going from Livigno and the Munt la Schera tunnel is like no other in the Alps and brings you out a stones throw from Stelvio if you really want to. From Piz Bernina (2,300m) you travel down a fantastic gently winding fairly fast pass road, into St Moritz. The views of the lakes are breathtaking here and the road follows the shore until you get to Majola and take the Majola Pass down out and back into Italy at the bottom. We did Majola Pass in reverse on the Sunday before and it was a bit too busy, the same piece of road on the Tuesday was basically empty - bliss! All in all, another very enjoyable trip in the alps. I would next time avoid the holiday season as it is so much busier both on the roads and off. Aside from the apartment in Menaggio hotels are easily found at short notice (even in peak season) and are very reasonably priced, as was the Eurotunnel. Time we arranged an OC group trip ?
    8 points
  13. Hey All Just wanted to introduce myself, I picked up a Cayman on the weekend after spending the last few months trying to find the perfect car! This forum was extremely helpful with so many tips of what to look out for, big thanks! In the end, I went with a 2009 Gen 2 Cayman S PDK with 56k on the clock from the guys at Ashgood near Heathrow T5. Really fabulous service, can't recommend them highly enough! Its such a raw and thrilling drive - feels like a grown-up version of my 1987 MK1 MR2! love it! Look forward to contributing to this great forum! Thanks, All - Peace!
    8 points
  14. Hi everyone, I just joined your esteemed club! I have a BE, number 175 of 500. I just love it! Photos attached...
    8 points
  15. Just like to say a huge well done and thank you to @Budflicker and @Beanoir™ as well as the Sharnbrook for organising today. Great to finally get the cars out and put lots of faces to names. Also a big thank you to everyone who stopped by for a chat today, it was a pleasure to meet so many of you. Sorry I couldn’t speak to more folk. Well done Pete, you smashed it!!! 😎👌🏼
    7 points
  16. I suppose it's no surprise that like many a petrolhead, spending time cruising the classifieds is not a strange habit. It could be likened in fact to a lady window shopping in her local designer outlet village and coming home with nothing but a receipt from Pret a Manger. When you spend that much time hanging out in the classifieds and coupled with a bit of talk among those in the trade you start to gauge a picture. So understanding the dynamics of used Porsche prices at the current time is not hard, but it does require some clear thinking and a bit of honesty if you are to judge the right price for a potential purchase. Just like me, you will probably also see a variety of posts on social media from folk wondering why their pride and joy hasn't sold even when advertised at 'below market price' and acting quite bewildered by this situation. Often this belief is supported and upheld by their fraternity, reaction is often a cocktail of denial and head scratching. But were somebody to suggest that said advertised car might be priced a bit punchy, you will literally be marched to Tyburn for suggesting such an outrageous idea. There is truth though, and it's cold and it's hard. The recent announcement of the 718 GT4 is not news, we all knew it was coming and sure enough it's nearly arrived. The good news is, it's faster, it's manual, it's got a flat-six naturally aspirated engine and it will be better than the 981 GT4. All very obvious when you say it out loud. The RRP is also £75k, add a few options and yes, it's likely to be just over £80k. What does this mean for the 981 GT4, the car thats market value went ridiculously through the roof, to the point that people were paying well over £100k for 'the best specced versions' back in 2016. Many of these cars are now fetching sub-£80k and falling still. We are now increasingly seeing 981 GT4s on the market for less than £70k and auction prices looking a fair bit lower, in fact bid prices are often not reaching the perceived market price. So what I hear you say.. Well, we've established that you can buy a very low mileage (sub 15k miles) 981 GT4 with a good spec for around £68k. Theres one or two in the classifieds and more to be had at auction. This represents sensible money for a 981 GT4, but there's probably a little more to go before the year is out, we'll see low £60k i'm sure. This invariably has a knock on affect and on to a car that I hold dear, one which i've always said is a better car in many ways than its bigger brother GT4, the Cayman R. Legendary for its simplistic and purist driver focussed approach, no frills but useable, limited but not exclusive. Porsche nailed it with this car, and we all know it. So the Cayman R was a bargain at £45k at a time when a used 981 GT4 was £100k+, 80% of the car for 50% of the cost, what's not to like. We were literally snapping them up all day long, they were selling over the phone at reputable dealerships provided they were endowed with those 3 most critical items - bucket seats, manual gearbox and spyder wheels. Any other options were nice, but certainly not required to deliver that legendary Cayman R experience. A Cayman R with those key options and a decent history should be fetching in the early £40k bracket, slightly down on 2016 prices but not by much. If however you are sitting on a car wit no bucket seats, PDK and above average mileage then you probably won't see north of £35k as a private sale in 2019. Now thats a bitter pill to swallow because back in 2016 even these cars were fetching mid-£40k at dealers amid the frenzy. There is currently a less-desirably specced (PDK, no buckets, higher than average miles) black Cayman R on eBay for £35,995 and has been hanging around for a while, it's unfortunately specced and still isn't selling at this price even though it apparently has OPC warranty and FPSH. The market has certainly toughened. So there it is, current pricing of some of the halo Cayman models are taking a bit of a hit brought on by the arrival of the new kid in town and maybe some nervousness more generally in the premium segment of the market. Hagerty have been reporting a decline in auction bid prices for Porsches for a while and the bubble that we've all been talking about is showing signs of deflating further. All this and I haven't even mentioned Brexit. What does this mean for a potential buyer of either of these models though, well the world is your oyster. A Cayman R for c.£35k is possible or even a low mileage 981 GT4 for mid £60s - a good time to buy compared to 18 months ago, or should you stay resolute and hold out a bit longer to see where the market goes...
    7 points
  17. This story begins with a dream. A dream to have loud noises, more hp and shiney new car parts. Some of this came true but let's take you through the story that is. Replacing stock manifolds with high flow cats (sold to the misses because the gasket on one side started leaking so obviously both might as well be done and an upgrade should happen at the same time to save money....) As Google will tell you and from what you can gather when a indie specialist wants nearly 1k to do it. Replacing the manifolds on these is a bit of a pitta. Mainly due to the inevitable blackboard scratching sounds that is the snapping of the manifold bolts into the block on removal. So knowing the issues and that it's almost definitely going to happen after looking at the brown crusty goodness that was currently holding them in place. I went ahead an ordered a Stomski racing drilling jig from Porsche Shop UK. Now it is an expensive bit of kit for what it is. However if I didn't have it I wouldn't be writing this post as I'd have already been signed into the local institute not knowing what way was up anymore. So the kit is very comprehensive. Comes with everything you will need to do the job of drilling out the snapped studs including a tap to chase any holes you don't get the old thread out from. Everything is very high quality and very well presented. So onto the job. Removing the rear section of the exhaust was the first job. And even though I'd had the fixings replaced when I had the 2nd cats deleted these were still heavily corroded and wouldn't budge. Managed to get a couple off but some took brute force and some help from Mr angle and Mrs grinder to cut them loose. Next after a day spent dealing with that we move onto the money shot. All manifold bolts had been sprayed with PB Blaster over the past month and just before starting had been left overnight drenched in the stuff. Pretty much bathed in it myself by the end of this. So onto the drivers side. And amazingly 1st....2nd....3rd....4th....5th and..... Ahhh dam it 6th bolt snapped but all others came out without an issue. Thought I was some sort of god when all 5 came out before with no issues but alas that was not the case. So out comes the gold plated disco jig to the rescue. As described everything lined up perfectly. Bushings went on great and everything was set to go. All I can say is measure twice cut once when drilling out these bolts as one wrong move and suddenly you need a full engine rebuilt. So onto drilling, plenty of lube is needed.... (giggidy) to keep everything cool and free moving. The kit comes with some carbide drill bits which is a nice touch and very good quality. So after about 30mins of backing it in and out to let the swarf fall from the chamber the pilot hole was done. Ooo nice and central. So now you move onto the bigger drill to take out the remaining material up to the thread. Same procedure with mounting the fixture and just swapping the bushing out. Oft sexy as a drilled hole can get there. Then grab some needle nose pliars and pull the remaining material out the hole. Replace all of the bolts with stainless studs and that's one side done. Onto the other side thinking it will be much like the first and bang. First bolt snapped..... Pop second bolt snapped then a 3rd and a 4th... By this point life itself is exiting my body wondering wtf I'm going to do if they all go. With a bit of swearing at the last two and a sturn talking to the last two bolts did come out fine. So 4 more snapped bolts to do then. Out comes the jig and the same process on the first two without a hitch. Then thinking it's all going well and I will be racing around on my new exhausts to the local mcds later tonight with a big grin knwokng I've done it myself and saved tons of cash doing so..... Bang..... Whoops bugger...... Rushed it and Pushed to hard without enough lube.... Sooo at that point I wanted to cry. Gone were the dreams of mcds and exhaust tones and more of regret and annoyance at what a pleb I'd been. Saving grace was at least the snapped bit came out but I'm now having to order move drill bits hoping the quality is the same or as close as. And 3/16 bits aren't the easiest to come by in the UK I've now found out. So to at least try and cheer myself up I did test mount the other side. All looking good and lining up as it should. But the other side will have to wait a few days now to be fully complete. And as this was done on Jack stands in a garage I'm glad to be giving my back a break for a few days. Would have been a doddle on a lift in comparison. Will also be putting on new lambda sensors as trying to get the old ones off wasn't happening either. 🤣 Sooo people wanting to follow the story can follow me on Instagram: @that_purple_cayman And I will try and keep this thread updated with the progress.
    7 points
  18. Hi CaymanOC! We have been working with the OC team and are now proud to introduce The Piston Works. Something new is coming..... The Piston Works, Detailing Emporium is opening very soon. But, we'll let you in to a little secret. The Emporium is just the first step in our journey. We are headed towards something much bigger..... Imagine a destination for petrol heads and automotive enthusiasts, a meeting place of collaboration for professionals and car lovers alike. Well, that destination will be The Piston Works, Auto Collective. We are offering CaymanOC members an ongoing 10% discount on all detailing products, art, literature and merchandise! As well as this, we have secured products from a number of premium product manufacturers that will only be available to CaymanOC members, including products from Gyeon and others. Our store will be opening very soon, but please feel free to sign up for updates on the website page now and we will be in touch with your exclusive discount details. We will also keep you updated here as the Auto Collective progresses. Come along for the ride!
    7 points
  19. Hi All, I'm not connected at all with the attached company, but i just wanted to share my experience with buying my Cayman S from them. I had a look at 2 at other dealers before seeing mine on their website; https://www.renaissance-classics.co.uk/ Both i looked at were decent enough cars, but both needed work, and both needed a dam good detailing. When i turned up at Renaissance, i was greeted by Graham the general Manager and he took me to the detailing bay were my future Porsche was sat. Sat there, waxed, detailed, looking absolutely like the day it came out of the showroom, i made my mind up within 10 seconds i was having the car (obviously i didn't tell Graham this 😀). On the test drive, unfortunately it couldn't have gone any worse for Graham. Just 1 mile down the road the car slowly died.....everything electrical failing......battery = dead. We parked up the car, with Graham absolutely apologizing until we walked back to the dealership. On the way back i had in my mind my absolute limit budget wise, got back to the showroom (Graham still distraught that the test drive had failed), but it really didn't matter as i knew it would be sorted for me. We agreed a deal and i put a deposit on it there and then. After Christmas i picked it up, but before picking it up, James the Sales Manager called me to let me know they had checked the bores and everything was fine that way, put a service on it, did their own 130 point check, put new front tyres (matching the rears), new battery and new alternator (the culprit on the test drive). They also put a fresh MOT on it (despite it only 3 months prior it had a new MOT). On the day i picked it up, James and Dave (the service manager) were nothing short of superb. Went through the car in its entirety, had it under cover in the middle of the showroom, and unveiled it to me.....looking just as good as it did on the day i viewed it. Ready to go home, i was presented with a little goodie bag full of wine / luxury honey / some other bits and bobs from local producers in their area.....a really nice touch. 6 month warranty covered by themselves direct. Took it home and everything was well for the first 800 miles. Then i noticed a tapping sound once warm, and made a soundclip and sent it to James. Dave called me to say "we want to bring the car back to check it out" Arranged a day for them to come and collect it the following week with their professional car carrying trailer and off it went. Dave and the team had diagnosed the car within 24 hours of getting it back, and it turned out to be worn / marked tappets on bank 2. Not only did they replace ALL the tappets / lifters, they also replaced two slightly cracked coils (we they noticed when disconnecting to take the head off), also replaced the oil separator, new coils, new head gaskets, new and fresh mobil 1 oil.......and hurrah....problem fixed 😎 I decided to go down on the train to pick the car up (as fancied the drive back again from Surrey to Lincoln).....there it was, gleaming and detailed once again. James went through what had been done, and they also checked the pistons, bores, cams etc and all is well here too....so i'm in full confidence my engine is in perfect condition. All in all, having experienced the worst dealer where we bought my wife's Mini Cooper S from, i then experienced the best dealer I've ever bought a car from.....Renaissance Classic Cars. I cannot recommend them enough, friendly, professional, and superb aftercare....i would certainly have no issues buying another car from them. Cheers for reading. Dan
    7 points
  20. So, I've created a photoshop "Vision1" of my car and how it will look in the end. Actual mods are catless long manifolds and custom tune. Car is running 345bhp on a dynodinamic rolling road (they read low). I have already installed a Heigo cage, sparco bucket seats and 6 point harness. In the future other mods will be LCA shimmed, adjustable dropping links, sway bars, adjustable toe arms, 3rd radiator and so on... For now enjoy the render, hope you like it!
    7 points
  21. R and friends. Mines the one in the fore. We turned many heads that night in our convoy!
    7 points
  22. I've created a step-by-step guide complete with pictures for removing of the trunk / boot lid trim so you can access the vibration damping weight to sort out the dreaded 'trunk-clunk'. See attached .pdf file. Hope anyone who needs it finds it useful and helpful. Windy PORSCHE Cayman 987 Trunk Clunk Fix - How to Guide.pdf
    6 points
  23. We've had a re-vamp of our merchandise recently and the new online store has just been launched! We took the decision for a number of reasons, including lots of un-sold stock of the previous shirts in odd sizes nobody wants and also so that fulfilment doesn't just rely on me remembering to send stuff out in the post. There was also some disparity in sizes in the old shirts which meant sizing up was required, particularly after the first wash. The new store includes the classic designs and some new, we are also offering not just t-shirts but also hoodies, mugs and other goodies. Most garments are also now offered in a variety of cool new colours! So, go check it out when you have a moment and any feedback is welcome CAYMAN OC MERCHANDISE STORE Additionally if you'd like a bargain, then the last of the old designs will be available at half price (£12.50+Postage) - so PM if you'd like a bargain and I'll check if we have your size and design available.
    6 points
  24. Well - time to update this thread. We finally took the cayman on track for the first time this year after a pretty s**t 6 months and what an amazing day it as. Sun, rain, hail, it had it all. Perfect. Oh and the eagle-eyed will have noticed, she has new clothes. I got bored of the Martini livery, so instead went for Gulf inspired livery, which I'm aware has been done to death, but it's always been a favourite of mine. Also, because I've had to say this 10 times today, 'No' this wasn't inspired by Mclaren's recent one off Gulf livery. The torrential rain allowed us to visually see all that aero working, kicking up a noticeable rooster tail on the straights. Action shot photo spam will follow this post, you've been warned.
    6 points
  25. Hi Everybody, Just a quick update to say that we raised £286.00 for the charities which Ciro at the Sharnbrook kindly bumped up to £300.00. Therefore I have this evening donated £150.00 to McMillian Cancer Support and £150.00 to The Dogs Trust. Thank you all for attending and supporting the event and for your generous donations to two good causes.
    6 points
  26. Enjoyed the meeting. Nicely organised and a friendly attendance. Thank you
    6 points
  27. Hello all, I am ever so sorry for my absence of late. My mum was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer recently and has been very unwell of late so much of my time has been spent assisting in her care and looking after my dad and sister. Sadly mum passed away last Wednesday peacefully with her family. Sorry I haven't replied to messages. Veggie option is the pizza or I suppose you could have an empty burger bun if you wanted the cheaper ticket. All cars welcome, just a different area to park than the R's and Spyders so please all feel free to book, you do need to book though so the venue can organise the correct amount of food and track and trace. Tell your friends and share the link, let's all bust out of lockdown and have a great day. I look forward to seeing you all on the day. I'm travelling up from Kent if anyone fancies a drive up together. Thanks again for your patience. Peter
    6 points
  28. Welcome to Q2 of the Cayman Market Watch, our regular feature primarily to provide you with a view of pricing on the Porsche Cayman market. Aimed at helping those selling or buying to make more informed decisions on price. Cayman 718 The not so new 4 cylinder turbo car introduced in 2016 seems to be a veritable bargain at the moment, prices for private sales of the base 2.0L car with average mileage and a few options are now around £28-30k. Think what you like about the turbo flat-4 cars, but with prices for these cars nearing that of a 987.2, it does start to make you think. These cars would have been around £40k when new depending on how extensively optioned they were. If you're after a well specced 718 S, sporting the 2.5L flat-4 unit, and adorned with such delights as PASM, Sports Chrono, some interior garnish and premium paint and wheel options and a Porsche warranty, you'd have been looking at the thick end of £50k odd when they were new. Today you you will be paying somewhere in the region of £37-40k from a private seller or independent specialist, an OPC will be asking mid-£40k for the same car. Add around £3k for a GTS model, though these are not so sought after as the 981 GTS, and probably not the sweet spot for the 718 model. The recently released 718 GT4 is an interesting thought, it's barely hit the showrooms and the recent CV-19 pandemic has undoubtably had an impact on both deliveries and sales, but also perhaps that it's not been as well received as it's 981 forebear for various reasons. I recently had a conversation with a gentleman who was due to take delivery of his GT4 within weeks, but had decided that in fact he didn't want it. Now, not that long ago you'd have accepted delivery and sold the car on before even collecting it and would definitely have made a decent profit. The 981 GT4 was trading at this point in its life for around 35% over list. Not so the 718 GT4, it seems that if you want one then there are plenty of options and you don't need to pay a premium to get one if you keep your head screwed on. Our prediction on the 718 718 and 718S will hold within 10% of current prices until the end of 2020. Private sales of 718 2.0L could be the sweet spot with sellers keen to sell. The 718 GT4 will be readily available by the end of 2020 and prices around 10-15% below list depending on spec for early delivery cars. Cayman 981 The base 981 cars were introduced in 2013 at a price of £39,694 devoid of options. Today, a well optioned 2.9L car with around 50-60k miles on the clock and generally average in spec, history and condition will be costing you around £24-26k. Find a low mileage, well cared for example with more desirable colour options, some interior chintz, PASM, Sports Chrono etc and you will be looking at £28-30k from a dealer. The 981 Cayman S commanded a £9,000 premium when new and with some nice options would have been a car costing around £55k. Today the premium for an S is a lot less than that. Using the examples above, you should aim to find a well cared for, well optioned reputable independent dealer car for around £30-32k These cars top out in the high £30k's for exceptional well specced cars, with low mileage and a decent warranty at OPCs. The pick of the 981 bunch remains the GTS model. When new these cars represented great value for money for those who were looking for a slightly more driver focussed machine with a good level of specification and all for just £6.5k more than the S model. Today, that margin has grown, with the lowest priced GTS fetching over £40k and the more desirable cars with Porsche warranty, in manual with more expensive options (bucket seats etc) commanding as much as £52,000. Prices have softened for these cars recently, 12 months ago the market was not carrying many cars below £50k. The 981 GT4, was one of those cars that traded at ridiculous margins over list price when it was introduced in 2015, considering it had a list price of around £64.5k, these cars were swapping hands for over £100k at one point provided they had decent and desirable options. The inflated prices softened a bit in 2018, then continued to fall steadily back to more realistic prices. Expect to pay a more realistic price today for a nicely specced car in the region of around list £65k. Prices top out at £73k for top spec, super low mileage OPC cars. Our prediction on the 981 The Cayman S is probably the sweet spot for a prospective owner wanting a 3.4L car with some nice options and prices are likely to hold through to 2021 on these cars. GTS prices may soften a bit more, but desirable and rarer manual cars will probably remain popular, maintain a premium and be snapped up quick. The bottom end of the GT4s will probably fall into the mid-high £50k bracket and paying £70k+ for top end will be a thing of the past by the beginning of 2021. Cayman 987.2 Prices for the 987.2 cars have held quite firm for a while, a slight softening recently due to economic uncertainty and dropping out of the 2 tier age bracket. But still, they command strong money predominantly driven by lack of availability and still possessing the desirable purity of the 987 cars but with the slightly more modern interior finish. The 2.9L base model cars still command in the region of £17-20k depending on mileage and spec. If you're looking for a 3.4L Cayman S you can find rather leggy examples for £17k upwards, but the decent lower mileage, well cared for cars with desirable options still requiring you to spend up to £23-25k. Black edition models may fetch slightly more, but generally only because they tend to be better cared for examples, certainly don't over-pay for the 'limited edition' here. The Cayman R is perhaps one of the most sought after Caymans made to date, and rightly so. Prices held firm in the mid-£40ks for some time, with some OPC cars advertised at as much as £50k until towards the end of 2018 when the market started to soften and prices have steadily dropped since. That said, you will still pay a healthy premium over a 987.2 S. Finding the right car with the most desirable options is the challenge prospective owners face, not helped by low volume production numbers. You may find some OPCs still offer these cars for sale and will come with a warranty, these will be the top end of the Cayman R market, advertised for around £40-42k. At the lower end of the market, more leggy, less desirably specced cars will be in the lower end of the £30k bracket. Expect to pay around £35-37k for a car with a good history and the important 3 Cayman R options (bucket seats, Spyder wheels and a manual gearbox). There seems to be some denial amongst owners and independent specialists on realistic prices for these cars until recently, so expect to haggle to obtain correct pricing with either. Our prediction on the 987.2 We wouldn't bet on prices for any of the 987.2 cars to move much for the remainder of the year and into 2021. There may be the odd bargains around if you're happy to take a punt on a higher mileage car requiring a few quid to make up for neglecting previous owners, but generally these cars prices are buoyant because of the limited supply. Cayman 987.1 Were it all began in 2005 with the newly introduced Porsche 2 seater coupe, the Cayman S shortly followed by the base model Cayman. Prices are perhaps most varied for this generation of car than any other Cayman. Those brave enough to enter Cayman ownership can do so for less than £10k, but expect these cars to have traveled over 100k miles and certainly requiring some care and money over the first 12 months of ownership. Cars with much lower mileage do exist and prices as high as £22-24k are not uncommon for mint examples at some non-specialist dealerships, perhaps hoping to take advantage of prospective customers with little knowledge of the cars. These top end priced cars are best avoided in our opinion due to the instant depreciation you will suffer and dubious warranties offered being worth very little. Aim for a car in the mid teens (£14-17k) with a healthy mileage and a good maintenance record and don't be put off by a car which has had a specialist engine rebuild. Enthusiast owned cars are also likely to be a better bet and pre-purchase inspections can help to avoid any nasty expense in the first 12 months of ownership. Our prediction on the 987 We don't expect prices to move much but mint examples are likely to be harder to find. Increasing variation in price due to cars falling well into the sub £10k price bracket going into 2021.
    6 points
  29. CAYMAN R & 987 SPYDER Exclusive Petrolheadonism Meet We are excited to inform you that we are still looking to welcome you on Sunday 9th May 2021 for your event as we will be allowed to reopen as a Pub / Restaurant for outdoors service only - therefore the only downside is you cannot stay in the hotel the previous night (unless the current hospitality challenge against the Government was to be successful and change their planned dates for reopening.) Our Food & Refreshments service will be as per your booked tickets on the day in keeping with our outdoor events approach deployed throughout 2020 and further facilities are available inside the hotel building such as Bar Service and Restrooms within the Covid Guidelines in force at that time. We will communicate any updates/further guidelines within the final week before the event. We look forward to welcoming you - Event officially opens at 11am and I'll be personally on hand with my own GT4 Wannabe Promo Car that I've recently acquired and tinkered with to enjoy the day with you all! Don't forget to check us out on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/Petrolheadonism/videos - my Cayman is on there too.... Regards Ciro Ciampi GM @TheSharnbrook Founder Petrolheadonism.Club Ok everyone, it is a go on the meet..... We have lots of cars listed above but not everyone has booked their tickets yet, I understand peoples reservations with Covid and lockdowns, but now we know it is going ahead lets make it a day to remember.
    6 points
  30. It has come to our attention that some members have reported significant issues after having purchased items from PorscheShop.co.uk. We have investigated the issues further and it appears to be a significant and more widespread issue. Until we can successfully establish contact with PorscheShop.co.uk we highly recommend to all members that you do not purchase any items from PorscheShop.co.uk. We have suspended the discount scheme we offer to our Premium Members with PorscheShop.co.uk effective immediately until the issue is resolved. We obviously understand that the recent Covid-19 pandemic has caused many traders and businesses to be facing difficult trading conditions. Whilst this is terribly unfortunate and we would do anything we could to support business partners facing such difficulties, there is no excuse for poor customer service and and for leaving customers facing financial loss. If any member has experienced problems with this particular trader, then please contact us discreetly via private messaging. Thanks The CaymanOC Team
    6 points
  31. Thanks all. A few snaps,
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  32. Well Rubytoo is home and been introduced to Ruby! What a car! Love it to bits already. Not sure how the 981 Boxster and this can feel so different when they are fundamentally the same car. This is raw and exciting every second, regardless of if you are pootling around or ragging it. It is about as fast as you could ever need and whilst the handling and traction is amazing you still see the TC light flashing when I don’t think I once saw that in the Boxster. Another 65bhp and 80kg less really make the difference. The ride is firm but makes it feel special because of it. The LSD can really be noticed and I am gonna have to relearn my driving approach to counter the understeer it creates (defo a trip to Chris Franklin is on the cards!). The brakes are immense with a great feel and firm pedal. Flicking through the history and it appears a 997GT3 master cylinder was fitted a few years back. Maybe that has something to do with it. The noise is lovely but without the PSE I think it could be a bit more from outside so may take a road trip to Carnewal in Belgium for one of their modded standard CR exhausts. The carbon seats are things of beauty and again sitting in them makes it feel special. It deffo feels and drives like a baby GT3! Feeling guilty after getting the 3.2 out of the garage for some photos I took her for a spin. Never fear. My love for that car is still well and truly intact. Just feels so right. A perfect complement to the CR in my book. Which one to the Alps next June? Not sure at the moment. Let’s see 😊
    6 points
  33. Just back from a track day with Circuit Days. My first trip out there, and, what a place. The circuit is pretty daunting, I can see why it's nicknamed the green hell. Confidence grew as the day went on, the 100s of laps on the PS4 really started to pay off and the car came alive. I'll post a bit more detail about the day later but for now here are some pics.
    6 points
  34. A couple of shots from Bedford on Monday.
    6 points
  35. Here is mine, 2.7 with huge spec. Bought it relatively standard and have modified it over the past 18 months. Interior mods and gt3 master cylinder next. Also keeping an eye out for some cayman R wheels
    6 points
  36. I thought i'd give an update on a few changes we're introducing to the OC and how things have progressed over the last 12 months or so. We're really proud of how the OC has grown, we started out in November 2015 as some of you will remember, and today marks our 3 year anniversary (Happy birthday to us!!). The team have worked hard to grow the club and with valued member support we now have over 1,500 members which is fantastic. The OC meets and events are steadily growing in popularity, the forums are an active source of information and a great social experience and something to be really proud of. So thank you to all who contribute to this experience. With success comes challenges, how we manage the forum and keep content and user experience ahead off the game is important to the team, and with increased activity on the forums requires better infrastructure, more bandwidth and storage space. It will be no surprise that these all come at a cost to the OC. We discussed increasing advertising on the website, member subscriptions and other ways to help the running of the OC, but at the same time very conscious that we do not want a website full of adverts ruining members experience. We also decided that forcing members to pay to join was not where we wanted to be either. So, as of today we are introducing membership options which will provide 3 tiers of membership each with their own benefits and ensure we do not limit the experience to anybody. Standard Membership will be free, it will allow use of the forum in much the same way as now, albeit with limited functions which generally are those that require using storage space on the servers such as gallery uploads, forum signatures etc. Premium Membership, will be an enhanced package that will include among other things, access all areas, free classified adverts, newsletter and some goodies! Platinum Membership will be the top tier and will provide members with exclusive benefits and goodies and less visible adverts when using the website and forum. We will no longer be offering advert free subscriptions to the site, those that have paid for a year will continue with advert free until their subscription expires. If you are currently a Club Contributor, you will be moved to Premium Member with a complimentary first year membership for free. More details of the membership options are available here Any questions, feel free to get in touch with myself, or any of the team. T.
    6 points
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  38. Just introducing myself.... I have a GTS PDK in racing yellow... absolutely love the thing!!! It's a keeper!!!!
    6 points
  39. Here's a few I took. I have afew more but they have no plates visible and I won't post without permission
    6 points
  40. Just to add my thanks to Peter and Nick for the organisation and it felt soooo good to be out and about in a friendly environment with a bunch of like-minded people. Thanks to all for making the event such a tonic after what has probably been (felt like) the longest winter of our lives!
    5 points
  41. Totally Porsche unrelated, but, since the age of 3 I've been designing Lego MOCs (stands for My Own Creations), mostly heavy machinery, cranes, cars, diggers, lorries and so on. I did work on the development of the Official Lego Defender launched last year and I've taken part of world contests with best result being 3d! Here a link of my creations (well, of the latest years at least) and attached some photos of current projects! My creations are always full remote controlled, close to real suspensions, differentials, gearboxes and including pneumatic, and usually have around 3000-7000 parts! Hope you enjoy them 😀 https://bricksafe.com/pages/TheItalianBrick Cheers, Andrea
    5 points
  42. It was such a warm evening I decided to get some tinkering done, starting to come together now.
    5 points
  43. Hi everyone, I've just completed the build of a Porsche Cayman 987 rally car. I bought a 2007 987 road car and stripped it out, added a full FIA spec weld in roll cage plus all the usual rally safety stuff, competition seats, plumbed in fire extinguisher, 6 point harnesses, battery master cut-off switch etc. I fitted a Bilstien B16 coil-over kit and the front calipers and discs from the Cayman S along with some competition pads. I competed on its first event a week ago on the Neil Howard stages rally on Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. All went well and we finished 33rd overall from near on 100 starters. The Cayman was superb to drive, I got to grips with it very quickly and soon felt completely at home with it. next event is next Sunday at Cadwell park in Lincolnshire.
    5 points
  44. Hi, and welcome! You've opened Pandora's Box here , so belt in and hang on for the ride! I'll give my 2 bobs worth based on going through a similar process myself about 18 mths ago (note I'm less familiar with the gen 2 line up). In no particular order: - Purpose: think long and hard about what you're planning to used the car primarily for (and how long you might want to keep it)....e.g. a track day focus will delivery a different purchase to a Daily Driver requirement - Investment; personally, I'd say park that concept, and go for the best car you can afford (condition, history, PPI etc) that puts a smile on your face and you enjoy driving....if you want an investment, buy a 959 :-). IAnecdotally, 've had my gen 1 CS for 18 mths now, and it's worth roughly the same as what I paid for it. There are opinions aplenty re which model will have future growth potential....I personally think it's way too early to tell, but a 3.4 in theory might have an edge. - Budget; yours is healthy and as you say puts you into either a fine , late edition gen 1 CS with under 50K miles, or a fine early gen 2 Cayman (2.9l) , both with a nice smattering of options (circa 2007-2009 bandwidth). Go out and drive both models and lots of them (I test drove 13 or 14 cars , mix of Caymans and Boxters, before buying....gives you perspective on what a "good car" looks and feels like, as well as "bad" examples). You'll probably have cash left over if you purchase privately, conversely you might like the idea of paying more to a dealer and bagging a warranty or similar. - Horror Stories: you'll have read reams of blurb about IMS and bore scoring....to put it in perspective, combining both issues together, it affected something like 4-6% of cars I believe from 05-07 ish ( IMS was sorted in cars from 07/57 reg or thereabouts I believe). A pre purchase inspection (PPI) should include a bore scope to reduces the risk as any early signs should be detectable....but as with most things in life, nothing is 100% guaranteed. And rumour has is a very small % of the gen 2 DFI engines have suffered some issues too. - 2.7 V 3.4l: I've only test driven 2.7l Boxsters; they put a smile on my face, lovely sound, and in some ways you'll use more of the performance, more of the time compared to the 3.4. The smaller lump seems to be much less prone to scoring too (bearing in mind it's a small % to start with), but not necessarily less fun. Go and drive some, make your own comparison. Small hp difference b/w the 2.9 and 3.4 obviously, I've not compared the 2 myself. - Auto box Gen 1; personally , I wasn't not a fan (unless you plan to spend most of your time pootling in traffic), 6 speed is a a fangreat box. Gen 2 PDK is lightyears ahead of the 5 speeder. - Mileage: good question....higher mileage can mean good value for money IF miles racked up were via longer trips (not short stop start efforts ...the rev history/engine time logs can shed some light on this), maintenance has been regular (ie not just once every 2yrs/20K miles), consumables you'd expect to be replaced, have been replaced (clutch, brakes etc). If you're buying for investment (refer my earlier opinion). you'd be looking at the lowest mileage possible. Problem is. cars that are not used regularly, exercised properly, are only driven to church on Sundays (you get the ideal here....)....these garage queens can prove as problematic as a high miler that's been abused/not looked after. Trust the above hasn't put you to sleep! Seriously, don't lose too much sleep over this; test drive a lot of cars (in itself quite a nice way to spend time), be clear about what you're after and why, don't get hung up on a specific colour/options etc (unless you are happy to wait around for that Unicorn to arrive)...buy based on the condition, history, and of course have the car checked out professionally. Then do like the rest of us do, and enjoy our cars as regularly as possible...the cars are made to be driven. Good luck with the test drives.
    5 points
  45. Hi Maxheadroom, The North Coast 500 is a fabulous drive in your Cayman. I've done the route 3 times and know it well. You asked about petrol stations, so here are a few tips on some other aspects as well. 1. Do the route anti-clockwise. That is from Inverness north on the A9 to John 'o Groats and Thurso. The reason for that, is you are leaving the best until last. A coffee stop at Poppy's on the high street at Golspie is an ideal half-way halt. 2. Take 3 overnight stops at least. Suggestions are, first night Forss House Hotel, Thurso. second night, Bettyhill Hotel, or Inverlodge Hotel, Lochinver. third night, Poolewe, Aultbea or Gairloch hotels. For a special treat if you budget allows, a fourth night at The Torridon, Annat. 3. Regarding fuel stops, only a few petrol stations have super unleaded fuel. Fill up at Tesco retail park, or Shell station Raigmore, Inverness before you start. Next fuel top- up Wick or Thurso. That'll take you to Ullapool where Gleaner super unleaded is available at the pump furthest away from the road. I always carry a 10 litre can of petrol with me on the NC500 just in case of emergencies. 4. Many POI's on the route. Duncansby Head east of John '0 Groats is spectacular. Particularly the walk across the hill to the Duncansby Stacks. Further west, the beach near Sangobeg and a visit to Smoo Cave are well worth a stop. Knockan Crag geology on the A 835 also well worth a stop. More information in The North Coast 500 Guide Book by Charles Tait. 5. Finally, do not attempt this route in the summer high season. It is mobbed with camper vans. Best time to enjoy this route is March/April (avoiding Easter), or late September early October avoiding the midges. Enjoy! Brian
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  47. Good turn out today folks even a couple of convertible Caymans turned up Considering the weather I think we did well! Few crappy phone pics.
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