Can it really be 25 years? Next year it will be – 25 years since a whole new breed of Porsche 911 was born and has gone onto be one of the most outrageous success stories among modern sportscars. For it was in 1999 that the first 911 ever to wear a ‘GT3’ badge was produced; it was based on the still new ‘996’ series with its new water cooled engines, and the whole motoring press duly went nuts for it. Or almost the whole of it.
The original 911 GT3 was average | Thank Frankel it's Friday
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.