To celebrate 20 inspiring years of the Porsche GT3, the team at Dick Lovett Porsche has been talking to a few of our GT3 owning customers about their love of this exceptional gem in Porsche’s jewel-laden crown. Here is the first in a series of articles sharing facts about the GT3’s incredible 20 year history and the real passion of the people who drive the car today. Enjoy.
The first Porsche 911 GT3 premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1999. It was developed by Walter Röhrl (twice World Rally Champion), race engineer Roland Kussmaul and the Porsche Motorsport specialists from Weissach. To the delight of drivers everywhere, this stunning new car allowed them to make the most of true racetrack agility on the road. Over the years since, models have been improved and developed to be faster, more precise and more dynamic, and nowadays the GT3 is still the favourite Porsche 911 of real enthusiasts.
Here, enthusiastic GT3 owner Paul Finch, a customer of Dick Lovett's Porsche Centre in Cardiff, talks to us about his experience of owning this iconic car.
What do you love most about your GT3?
For me it’s about the drive and feeling like it’s a special event every time I use it. Sliding into the carbon buckets, the noise in the cabin, the roll cage and wing in the mirror; it all adds to it!
Have you ever taken your GT3 on a track day? If so, which circuit/event was it?
No, only my GT4 so far but I’m looking forward to my first one in November at Anglesey, it’ll be great to see how they compare.
What Porsches’ did you own in the run up to becoming a GT3 owner?
Original Boxster S, GT4 and a 911 Targa 991.2. I now have a Macan S as a family car too.
Where is the best place you have ever taken your GT3?
So far, the Brecon Beacons. Perfect car for the Welsh roads but in September I will be stretching her legs into Europe, taking in some of the twistier roads down to the southern coast.
What are your future plans for your GT3?
With the graphics recently applied, and the track day and Europe booked, I have some runs out with the Supercar Drivers Club booked, with the first one being an early drive out through the Cotswolds.
What three words would you use to describe the GT3?
Special, noisy and mechanical
What made you choose the GT3?
I’d always wanted a GT3 since I was young, watching them race. To be able to have a big wing with PORSCHE written on it was one of the key drivers, the rest is a bonus!
Has anything about the GT3 surprised you?
The internal noises, a real race car for the road.