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The start of a love affair

I didn’t ask, Porsche offered.

In November 1997, taking advantage of Porsche’s factory delivery, I collected ‘my’ Boxster in Zuffenhausen. For 18 months and 37, 000km (at an average 10.5L/100km), the little roadster and I were inseparable.

It proved an ideal companion for my then pan-European life as a motoring journalist; impeccable chassis balance, flowing engine and gearbox, glorious induction sound, instant steering response, with the practicality of the two-boot layout. I ran out of new ways to say “what a marvellous car”.

ALSO IN WHEELS, October 1996

We lift the lid on Holden’s planned supercharged V6 models with exclusive spy pics, and reveal HSV’s plans to use the Chevrolet 5.7-litre LS1 engine; Toyota Camry, Opel Cadet, Subaru Outback and Plymouth Prowler road tests; Ford insiders celebrate the GT-HO Phase Three’s 25th anniversary with behind-the-scenes stories; Robbo drives 10 benchmark handling cars in Europe; Andrew Frankel investigates Lotus’s vital new Elise