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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Porsche 911’s on fire


I recall a panic going on at AFN one day, as one of the staff was driving a new 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe through the tunnel into Heathrow airport when the car burst into flames! I believe this car belonged to John Aldington, the Managing Director, who was being met after arriving home from a trip abroad.
There was another such incident involving a similar car, a Porsche 911 Targa, but as they were both brand new and just delivered from the Porsche factory, there were a lot of concerned management people walking around that day.
The burnt-out wrecks were taken to Harper’s Yard whilst investigations continued and I made a point of going down to see both of them in my personal time. I was shocked at the total destruction of these cars and it was very fortunate that no one was hurt.
The fault was later traced to a batch of the K-Jetronic plastic fuel lines, which were apparently badly manufactured and had fractured and fuel sprayed all over the hot engines igniting and burned the cars out. We then had to change a number of new car’s engine fuel lines to prevent this happening again.

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