Top Gear drives Singer's mighty Porsche 911
Another classic trip from 20 years of TG mag: the Porschest 911 ever in California
Posted: 25 Oct 2013
Various people take turns running interference while the car is put back together. Brit Rob Dickinson is the Design Director and founder of SVD. I sense he would very much like me to go away until he is totally happy with the car. I also sense that he will never be totally happy. We seem to be communicating on an almost subconscious level. Rob's got that kind of smile behind his eyes that suggests he's seen a few things and managed to wade his way through to the other side. I like him instantly. We chat. We wander around the workshop with Mazen Fawaz (another boss of Singer), marvelling at the ridiculous attention to detail. I smile, nod a bit, and keep my eyes on Seamus Taaffe, Singer's ‘restoration manager', who's actually doing up bolts. Everyone holds a tightness around the eyes. And when the car eventually fires up, raw-throated and gutteral, and pulls out of the yard, Rob and the team that has spent several late nights getting this car together suddenly takes a huge collective intake of breath. I jump in, determined to make sure that I get some sort of experience before something goes wrong and, pulling out into traffic, I feel eyes boring themselves in to the back of my head. With vicious clarity, I look back and realise something. I really like these guys. Christ, I hope the car isn't crap.