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Monday, 26 September 2011

Bill Bates with FGX 911C

4 comments:

  1. Hello. I was interested to read about "FGX 911C", as it was a very tiny part of my history as well. In 1985, at the age of 24 and a university student, all I wanted in life was a 911. I hadn't a lot of money, even though grants were available back then. The cheapest 911 belonged to the owner of a scrap yard in Wigan, Lancs. It was advertised for £1800 and my then girlfriend and I visited. The motor wouldn't run and the floor had been patched. I didn't think I could take on such a project, even though I'd built a rally Escort from a bare shell some years before. This resulted in me attempting a quick getaway, by offering the owner a mere £1300, which to my relief, he rejected. However, a couple of years later, I read an old Autocar magazine, which had tested FGX by taking it to watch the 1965 RAC. I knew I should've bought the car back then, and I wished I had done now! I went on to buy a 1966 911 "TBN 71", which was more expensive and, I thought, in better condition.. but the motor blew up on the way home and the front crossmember rusted through! Since then, I've owned galvenised 911s. However, I did meet up again with FGX in about 1996, when it was contesting a rally in Yorkshire.. possibly Mamby Show Ground. I just wanted to say "good luck" with FGX and nice to hear it's still around, no doubt, rebuilt a number of times in your capable hands. Regards.. Andrew Komosa a.komosa@btopenworld.com

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  2. I also know FGX 911C well: have spent many hours in its company as long been maintained by Francis Tuthill. It's currently at Tuthill Porsche being restored: body is very much the worse for wear but not beyond redemption. Great to hear of its early history and of course we have the Autocar feature also - plus one from Motor Sport magazine. Regards John Glynn http://www.ferdinandmagazine.com

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  3. Thank you so much. I have very fond memories of FGX 911C and I was friends with the late Bill Bates all my life since meeting him all those years ago.

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  4. Hallo Alan, FGX 911C was my first Porsche 911 coming from a Jaguar E type 4.2. I bought it in 1976 from an American gentleman who lived in a house opposite the gym I trained at in London's West End. The car was in a sorry state: it ran on four cylinders only, heating didn't work and had a lot of rust. I had the car sorted by Charles Ivey in Fulham I think it was and enjoyed a great couple of years before moving onto the first of many 928s. Great blog! By the way, I worked with another of the Stoop family (the latter Adrian, grandson of Sir Adrian) in Hamburg at his film production company some years back. He also drove a 928 and participated in historic car racing. All the best, Ian Fowell

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