Dictionary definition of understeer – evo archive
Some say that if you look up “understeer” in the dictionary, there’s only one photo of Richard Porter. This is not true. What is factually correct is that if you type “understeer 911” into Google, the very first image that appears is evoThe satirical columnist heroically rubs the front tires of a Guards Red 997 Carrera.
The photo in question was taken at the Bedford Autodrome West Circuit pin by Andy Morgan in 2005 for number 077. It was for a feature that compared the top of the range Porsche Boxster with the bottom of the 911 range in an attempt to see which one was more attractive. I’ll let Porter take over the story …
“John Barker was the bright-eyed coxswain running things and I was brought in as a sort of ordinary man who hadn’t driven a lot of Porsches before. Maybe I hammered my fool a little too much because in the next issue someone wrote to say if I was that incompetent I shouldn’t write for evo. ‘
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The letter in issue 078 was from Rob Marcus, London SW1, who indeed took issue with Porter’s unassuming claim that he was operating in a ‘skills vacuum’. In fact, the withered correspondent took even more trouble with another photo of Porter driving the Boxster S with the roof down and the side windows up. For this crime, Top speedThe script editor of the day was called a “wimp” by the excoriating Marcus. In short, let’s continue the story …
“Barker and I had a great morning driving both cars on the road, then drove to Bedford Autodrome to spend some time on the track, that’s where the ‘incident’ happened . In my defense, I had never driven a 911 on a track before and I’m pretty sure it was only my first or second lap and I was still watching and frankly I thought 911s were meant to be. let go in the back first and it was a pretty tight corner where I was a little hot and… uh… Sorry, I don’t really have any racing driver excuses anymore. Still, I learned a lesson, which is that if you want to arm yourself, don’t do it in the corner where the photographer is hiding.
“Fair’s fair is a brilliant image of a not brilliant moment. You look at it and you can practically hear that kind of horrible noise, and the hard hat kind of adds to how much of a button I look. But hey, in the general spectrum of evo people I’ve always been more of a writer than a racing driver. The Blacksmith Department finds this photo hilarious, of course. They won’t be laughing when I reveal my secret stash of photos showing them dividing infinitives and abusing reflexive pronouns.
Indeed, the photo has been brandished numerous times on social media by Meaden, Bovingdon and, I admit, myself, which is probably why it ranks so well in a Google search. Not that this trolling clouded Porter’s opinion of the 911s …
“The irony is that I now own a 911 shaped like a 997 [a Gen 2 with PDK] so I can turn around corners like that all the time.