This Porsche owner ships his 911T instead of using a rental
Rather than putting himself at the mercy of a questionable selection of rental vehicles, Andre Bezuidenhout takes his Porsche 911T with him on holiday
Andre Bezuidenhout, a barrister from Johannesburg, South Africa, has the ultimate alternative to rental cars. When he and his wife go on breaks to the likes of Australia and New Zealand, he brings his Porsche 911T with him. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t count as a carry-on.
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The story of this inspired choice, which is detailed in Petrolicious’ latest video, begins when Bezuidenhout was a child, and he saw David Piper driving the iconic green-and-white Porsche 917 at South Africa’s Kyalami circuit.
It had a ‘tremendous impact’ on the young Bezuidenhout, inspiring him to get into club racing with a Porsche later in life at the same circuit. After competing for two seasons, his racing career with the car was cut short when he crashed spectacularly out of the lead of a race and destroyed the car.
Restorers managed to save the car as a road-going machine, and it left Bezuidenhout’s hands in the mid-1990s and headed into the South African countryside. About three years ago he spotted a dilapidated white-and-green replica of a 1973 Porsche 911 RS. It was in the same condition that Bezuidenhout has first found his racing Porsche, and a sticker on the car he recognised led him to believe it was the car that used to belong to him.
He told its owner that he was going to open the door, and if it went clack after six inches, he know it would be his car because the chassis was so bent from the crash. The door made the noise, and Bezuidenhout ended up buying the car back. He turned the 911T into a tourer, adding a especially manufactured roof rack, a 2.7-litre engine to give it more torque, and the gearbox from a 915. After much debate on colour choice, Bezuidenhout picked a green from his painter friend, and worked it to make it lighter and darker in areas. So popular has it proved, that other Porsche owners have questioned him on its origins and where they can get the same for their own vehicles.
Bezuidenhout started road tripping with the car two years ago, shipping it to Australia where he and his wife drew it 4000km each. It was taken back to South Africa, then back to New Zealand, where a further 8000km was added to its mileage, and then back to Australia where it’s being enjoyed now. The aim for next year is a two month trip to Japan, with the car once again being shipped ahead.
The car is called ‘Frisco’, after the brand of coffee and derived conversation between Bezuidenhout and his late mother in which she complained that the understated coffee isn’t available anymore. The same attribute can be applied to Porsches in Bezuidenhout’s name. Despite it being small, a near half-century old and a sports car rather than a luxury runaround, Bezuidenhout thinks you can’t find a comfier holiday driver.
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