I had managed to shoehorn my fascination with cars into many of my school projects, so I proposed ‘An investigation into the evolution of the external styling of the Porsche 911’ for my final-year dissertation at university.
It was 1997 and I was studying industrial design and technology at Loughborough.
The proposal was approved, and the following few months felt more like fun than study.
I visited dealerships, spoke with salesmen and owners, pored over magazines and even interviewed Tony Hatter, designer of the then-current 993 model.
My mum ran a 944 S2 in the early ’90s.
I loved that car, but the 911 was the model I really wanted.
And the more I studied the car’s evolution, the more I felt the 993-generation 911 was a brilliant interpretation of the classic shape, with subtle tweaks to bring it up to date with the rest of the Porsche family.