MSR Houston track weekend & Porsche GT3

Driving the Porsche 911 GT3 (996)

Thanks to a very generous owner, I got to drive a 996 Porsche 911 GT3 for a few non-hot laps. Everything about the car seems very special. The most noticeable thing for me that I liked was how the pedals feel so tactile and have so much resistance. It’s hard to explain but instead of the throttle pedal being just a spring, it feels like you have to press through a range of 20 very tiny ‘clicks.’ If that makes any sense. It doesn’t? Okay. There’s a lot of feedback and you can deliver tiny changes in throttle pressure very precisely.

The idle is loud and coarse, and you feel the engine vibration shaking the car at any RPM. The last 911 I drove was a 1986 Carrera, and the directness you feel to the motor in the newer 911 is remarkably undiluted from the ’86. But enough parking lot impressions. The steering feels excellent, and then less so when you’re under power. You can almost watch the steering sensitivity and control melt away as you give it power — it feels very light up front and the rear digs in. I was told the 997 GT3 doesn’t feel this way.

Overall: incredible. Very firm, and flat. It would take a lot of driving adjustment to get up to speed with the weight distribution.

This is an instructor’s car, unfortunately it only went out in 1 session


Harness bar/brace in a Cayman R. Is this factory?

Yes, this was the green group. Not pictured: Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

It’s not everyday that you see an AMG CLK Black Series. Let alone two, at the track no less!

Ferrari 512TR. I rode in this car at Texas World Speedway in 2003

Late on Saturday, a member came with two Ferraris hoping to get some track time.

F40 on Track

A track member came after we were done on Saturday with two Ferraris, including an astonishing F40. I know he’s a brilliant driver because I rode with him 2003.





  1. motoringconbrio November 7, 2011

    incredible! sounds like you had quite the track weekend.

    any objection if i used the first pic as a temporary header image on motoring con brio sometime? it is sublime.

  2. Kevin November 7, 2011

    For you, absolutely, go ahead!

  3. KTHL November 9, 2011

    I had my front caliper dust boots changed and they cracked again after 3 or 4 track days. I guess it’s a good idea to replace them if the cracks are fairly big, to prevent brake dust from getting into the seals.

    GT3 – jealous. :)

  4. Ron November 9, 2011

    That’s my Black Black Series and the iridium one belongs to John. The owner of the Black SLK350 Hartley also has an Iridium Silver Black Series. We are trying to get all 3 cars together one of these days. Thanks for the pic.

  5. Kevin November 11, 2011

    Awesome! Amazing cars, so good to see them at the track. Thanks for commenting!

  6. Dave December 28, 2011

    This was the funnest event of the year and probably the top event ever for me. I can’t wait to go back.

  7. Kevin December 28, 2011

    +1 to that! Me too.

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