Daily Driver: 

The current daily driver is a beautifully utilitarion Porsche Cayenne Turbo (958.1).
Left hand drive, built October 2011, Meteor Gray in colour, debadged.
4.8 twin turbo V8 petrol with 368kW and 700Nm on tap, four wheel drive, 8-speed Aisin tiptronic gearbox.
All of the standard Turbo items, with a handful of very nice extras.. Heated ventilated seats, panoramic roof, Active Cruise Control, removable trailer hitch, keyless entry, double-glazed windows. It does not have the “Sport Design” package, just the ordinary spoilers and kit, and it’s got the black optics – no chrome surrounds on the windows. Standard Turbo brakes, no carbon ceramics here as I do intend to be able to take this offroad.
It’s incredibly quick, unsurprisingly. Supremely comfortable as well, can hold a conversation at a whisper at motorway speeds, and no real difference at 200kph as at 150kph. Got to love those delimited German autobahn sections. Utterly stable at speed, and amazing braking performance if the anchors have to be thrown out. Fuel economy isn’t too bad either, especially for the specification.

This car does indeed fulfil all of the “must-have” items and most of the “would-like” items on my checklist. It’ll reliably carry bikes and boats trans-Europe in comfort and in security, without standing out from the crowd too much, as well as takign enough camping and sport gear to enjoy a European camping holiday.

Previous Daily Driver:

The most recent daily driver was a Honda Stream RSZ. This car is the RN6 type code, with the 1.8l VTEC engine married to the 5-speed Honda autobox from the Accord. The colour is a metallic dark gold/brown colour. It is definitely a truly Japanese car, comfortable enough car for long journeys, and sufficient for its purpose. It brought both of us plus a decent handful of belongings over to Zurich, without an issue on the French autoroutes. As it’s RHD, it wasn’t quite the right car to have here in Switzerland, so it’s now back in Ireland having a different life.

Previous to that was a beautiful Audi Q7 3.0 TDi S-Line Sport. Mugello Blue pearl paint, 20″ standard 5-spoke S-Line alloys, and the facelifted rear LED lights.

This car has a few additions over the standard S-Line options – it came with the panoramic roof, powered rear hatch, Bi-Xenon lights, Audi satnav (with 2016 maps), full reverse sensors, heated and fully electric seats, alcantara seat inserts. It was so so comfortable with the air suspension and tiptronic gearbox, auto lights, auto wipers, auto dim mirror. The 7 seats was something that I liked to have, not used that often but the bootspace is fantastic. Paddles or my Jed did fit in the boot without reaching the back seats, and I can fit the Zet Director inside the cabin area and still have room for a Jed and two passengers.

Things I did to it? I fixed up the majority of the little niggly things that were wrong, as well as putting a 280bhp remap onto it – fantastic car with that oomph.

Previous to the Q7 was an Audi A4 avant 1.9tdi, atlas grey, with a nice remap to ~140 bhp. Unfortunately the turbo and headgasket gave up on June 28th, and the engine decided to try and runaway. With 350,000 km on the clock, it wasn’t really economically feasible to replace the engine. Plus it was ten years since fun and games for me so no harm to move onwards anyway. This car was stripped, scrapped and cubed last week, so no doubt I’l lbe holding bits of it in my hands in a can of Coke or similar..

The weekend car:

The weekend car was a 1991 Toyota MR2 Targa, 2.0 NA engine. Toyota red, with Racing Sparco PythonII 17″ wheels but otherwise completely original. This was sold onwards in late 2017, as the maintenance cost and rust repairs required to pass NCT were significantly more than the car was worth. Still, it was a nice toy while it was in my possession, and I’ve got some good memories. Cost per mile was high enough, but cost per smile was worth it.

Future cars!

No real pland to change the current car, nor any desire to add to the garage.

If getting a second car, it would likely be something like an Abarth 500 or similar, for fun town driving. An electric runabout would likely make more sense though.

Lotto winning garage..

  • Porsche Panamera hybrid (971).
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S (992)
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • C8 Audi RS6 estate with MTM work
  • Early E36 BMW M3 convertible.
  • HSV R8 with TSW engine work.
  • Nissan Skyline R34 GTR
  • Toyota Supra Mk4
  • 1979 Mercedes 450SEL 6.9
  • RangeRover classic v8 with the Overfinch treatment.
  • Caterham R300 track toy.