UK motor charity SKIDZ is raffling off a track-prepared Porsche 968 to raise money so that the next generation of young mechanics can be trained up.
500 tickets are being sold, for £25 - and the winner will even get a Porsche experience at Silverstone chucked in, too. The car is a 1994 Porsche 968 – given that young mechanics may not have been born in 1994, we better explain what that is. It was the very last of the four-cylinder Porsche range that evolved through the 924 and 944 into the 968.
The 968, especially the Club Sport version, was rated as being one of the best-handling cars of its day, winning "Performance Car of the Year" in 1993. The engine has 3.0 litres with 240bhp, so performance is strong even by modern standards: 160mph for the lighter Club Sport version.
We would also highly recommend the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone - read about our visit here. In half a day they can take a complete novice and give them a great introduction to driving on a circuit. They won't turn you into Jenson Button overnight, but they will give you a great insight into how to balance a car around bends to allow more speed than you would think possible. We have done it a couple of times and cannot recommend the instructors too highly.
Go to www.skidz.org.uk/raffle to enter.