Creating a unique version of this revolutionary 996 generation of the Porsche 911

Project 996 is here.

As a young boy, the dream was to one day own a sports car. This dream became a desire for the Porsche 911. It took nearly 40 years to own my first 911 and that was a 996. Since then I have been fortunate enough to experience 997 and 991 ownership but I've always held a soft spot for the 996. As my Porsche ownership and driving experience has unfolded over the past few years, maintaining and modifying my 911s has become part of the passion.

With two friends, we're going to restore and dial-in a Porsche 911 996, creating a unique version of this revolutionary generation of the Porsche 911. Scroll down to meet the team - James, Patrick and Steve.

Stay tuned for AutoAmateur YouTube videos that will cover all aspects of the planning, design and work performed on the 996 including supporting bios on the team, blog posts, podcasts and social media spotlights. This is Project 996.



Putting the 'Amateur' in AutoAmateur

Since starting Auto Amateur in 2016, James has worked his way through many different mods and maintenance jobs on his 996, 997 and 991. Fumbling a few, learning something new from each. Project 996 represents an exciting opportunity to apply what he has learned so far, tackle new challenges with a couple of great friends and share the journey with other like-minded car enthusiasts who want to come along for the ride.

Porsche ownership: 2002 996.2 C4 (Tip), 2006 997.1 C2 (Man), 2013 991.1 C2 (PDK)

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"Lucky Charms" and "Wing Man"

My background is Design and Engineering and have always felt that Porsche was the embodiment of both. From an early age, I have always wanted to own a 911. It wasn’t until I fulfilled my lifelong dream of ownership that I fully understood what that desire represented. My list of Porsches may be short but I have learned a great deal from them both. Project 996 represents an opportunity for me to apply some of that knowledge I have learned, but also learn more about this amazing car. This rebuild is going to be something to remember and I look forward to having a great time with two friends I may have never met had it not been for my Porsche. I don't know where this journey will lead us, but I know it is going to be a great time.

Porsche ownership: 2002 996.1 C2 (Tip), 2006 997.1 C4 (Man)



"Fire Starter" and "Scuba Steve"

I got hooked on Porsche’s about four years ago when a buddy of mine took me for a ride in his 986 S. One week later, I flew out to Chicago and bought one of my own. I have always been a do-it-yourself type of guy and I have a mechanical background, so jumping in on Project 996 is a no-brainer! My main duty will be to keep James from getting too close to the car with knives.

Porsche ownership: 2001 Boxster S (Manual)

Steve - Project 996