Crouched down behind the car you see above, I’m stumped. I have the nagging feeling I’ve seen this clip somewhere before, but right now I can’t place it. It’s not a regular car part, though. Ah, got it, it’s the front clamp from an old wire ski binding - don’t ask me how I know this, but I’m fairly sure no one else here can identify it.
“Do you know what this is?” comes a voice at my shoulder. I stand up, ready to reveal my disturbingly in-depth knowledge of ancient ski equipment, but before I can fix my features to smug, he continues, “It’s from an old ski binding. The engineers were having difficulty holding the engine cover of the 910 down safely, and, over dinner one night, Mr Piëch spoke about this to his good friend Mr Geze, whose firm made these bindings, and this was the solution.”
Words: Ollie Marriage
Pics: Tom Salt
This feature first appeared in the October 2012 issue of Top Gear magazine