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PORSCHE 924 TURBO BUYING GUIDE

PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE CAR _ OCTOBER 2009 _ ISSUE 66

CAN A £2000 CAR REALLY BE BETTER THAN A 911?

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CONTENTS

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INS
16 PPC NEWS 102 BUYERS’ GUIDE
a new steam
powered record
WELCOME porsce 924 turbo.
Better than a 911?

21 PPC LETTERS Going fast without


e-mail your views. spending a fortune

2009 will@ppcmag.co.uk sums up PPC’s

OBER 24 ON ANY SUNDAY ethos. However,

T
clipsal 500 race going as quick as you can

OC
from down under for less than a grand is
28 £999 Challenge taking the idea to its limit. 88 Tech talk
PPC’s yearly But that’s what entrants your tech
performance test problems solved
to our £999 Challenge
36 TOP 10 did. The amazing result is 90 diy tracker
cars of the year. on page 28. use a mobile to
an eclectic mix trace your car
Another PPC mantra is
40 datsun 120y updating older cars with 96 DAVE WALKER’S
with mazda mx-5 modern running gear. workshop. tales of
running gear power and glory
The Datsun and Scimitar
47 readers’ yard in this issue are perfect 111 kicking tyres
send pics to: will 111: bmw 840
@ppcmag.co.uk
examples. Enjoy. 113: Merc 190 cossie

72 Will Holman, Editor 116 top gear


will@ppcmag.co.uk latest goodies to
tempt your wallet

77 Blown x-flow 130 PISTON BROKE


supercharging save £££s. close the
ford’s ohv engine highways agency

83 dizzy mods
changing your
27-LITRE advance curve

SD1 BUILD
getting ready for
the nürburgring

54 ppc staff cars


28 forced induction
for ford x-flow
PPC £999
Challenge 64 scimitar omega
quad cam reliant
58
STAFF
our contest to find
the fastest cheapskate
built for £1000 all in
CARS
what we’ve
broken this month

VAUXHALL victor V8 8 modernised DASTUN 120Y 32 SCIMITAR quad cam v6 68 STAFF & STUFF
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