My choice of Porsche 911 GT3 for Winners Circle 2018 demands some back story.

There’s no other brand that gets my heart racing than Porsche. When I imported a red 1974 911 from America in 2010, I realised it was the type of car I had been searching for for a long time.

A car proud of its history, a car gorgeous from every angle, and a car that uses curvy mountain roads as its playground. I raced it, I showed it off, and cried when I scratched it. The Porsche passion in my blood was strong.

And then I did a stupid thing and sold it.

Many years later, I got a job at CarAdvice and was still missing throwing a Porsche around corners of a Sunday afternoon. I patiently waited two years until I got to drive a new-generation 911, and that day finally arrived a couple of months ago.

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For a car enthusiast, it’s one of those scrapbook moments. When I walked into the garage, it stopped me dead in my tracks. I took a few steps back to get a good look at it and then crossed my arms as I walked around it to cast my eyes over the design. I didn’t even have to sit in it or start it up, it had me at its looks.

So when the time came to drive the latest (991.2) hard-core GT3 version, I was squealing like a little girl on the inside. Tell me I’m not the only one who has run their fingers over the steering wheel badge of a special car before? Because I did just that.

I could talk all day about how it drives, but the sound that thing makes as the dial winds its way around the tachometer, made my hair arms stand on end. Sure, you can get an adrenaline rush by skydiving, or bungee jumping, but for me, it’s driving a Porsche GT3. It’s such a pure supercar that is not only addictive to drive but is unforgettable.

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