WELL IT IS A HELL OF A CAR TO START WITH LET ME TELL YOU THAT MUCH. IT’S RIGHT BETWEEN THE APPRAISED 964, AND THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA OR THE REBIRTH OF PORSCHE IF YOU WILL WITH THE INFAMOUS 996 (WHICH WE WILL SPEAK ABOUT AT A LATER STAGE).
I drove this car on a few occasions. A few shootings, film-making and a rally. A lot of mountains and empty roads. Tight corners. Everything you need to correctly examine a car’s behavior, risks, flaws or surprises.
To begin with, I was not a big fan of the 993 shape, let’s start with that. It is close to the 996 which strangely I am starting to like because I do believe it will be the next target of collectionneurs. Nonetheless, the nose of the 993 was very modern in a way compared to my all time love, the 964. Today, I love the 993 all the same, and perhaps it is because it got to my heart with its exciting personality. I’ll go ahead and say it loud and clear right now, you can quote me:“ The Porsche 993 Carerra RS, is the single best “driver’s” car i’ve even driven.”
THE UNION INTERNATIONALE MOTONAUTIQUE (UIM) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYS HOST TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST THRILLING NAUTICAL ACTION. OCTOBER 2ND, 1983 MARKED A HISTORIC DAY FOR THE MISS RENAULT, TAKING ITS FIRST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AT CLEAR LAKE, HOUSTON TX. THE COURSE WAS A TOTAL OF 45 MILES – 2.5 MILES PER LAP – AND WOULD SEE E. MILNER IRVIN III DRIVE THE RENAULT TO VICTORY.
Entrants from 5 different countries took part, with 18 boats in total qualifying for the race. A true underdog from the start, Miss Renault was never considered a serious contender for the race win, and attention was on the 2 most dominant teams of the weekend, Atlas Van Lines and Budweiser.
However, the race would give spectators something wildly unexpected. It wasn’t until the closing stages that things began to turn in Renaults favour. As the final few laps approached, the Atlas of leading driver Chip Hanauer fell victim to a hole in its sponson, which subsequently caused his retirement and halted the race. The restart would unsurprisingly see Budweiser fill in the top spot, developing a significant lead after just one lap. But in true motorsport style, this was just too good to be true for the Budweiser team and soon enough the supercharger within the engine failed, spelling race-end for Miss Budweiser.
American Speedy Printing then took the lead, whilst only for a short period before suffering mechanical issues. Just like a relay race, the lead changed hands for a 3rd time in the final moments of competition, only this time the leader would go on to finish the race and take the win. This of course was the Miss Renault represented by Jerry Schoenith and driven by Milner Irvin.