John Young: 30 Years with Autohaus Hamilton

When John Young booked his Boxster S in for its recent service, it was something of a milestone. It marked his 30th anniversary as an Autohaus Hamilton customer. So we asked him what makes a customer keep coming back for so long? “That’s easy”, he says, “in all that time I’ve never had to bring a car back because something hasn’t been done, or hasn’t been done right. The way Grant has taken over a such good business and built on it is a real credit to him.”

’67 SWB 911 with a 2.5 injected motor at Concourse

Looking back over the years, his favourite Porsches include a 1977 Carrera 3.0, a 968CS, and a trick little ’67 SWB 911 with a 2.5 injected motor. Another highlight was his ownership of a ’65 911, one of the first 911s to come into the country. “Its second owner was none other than one of the Porsche Club of NSW’s founders, Arthur Hamilton, whose son Ian started the Autohaus Hamilton business.” However, he reflects that of the 10 Porsches he and Helen have owned, the one he’d like to have back more than any other was the first - a gorgeous 1969 911S in Signal Orange. “It’s not just that it’s worth so much more than when I sold it – and I did quite well out of it at the time anyway – it’s just that it did everything right and looked so incredibly beautiful.”

John hustling his Carrera 3.0 at Amaroo, 1992 Porsche nationals

Another highlight of visiting Autohaus Hamilton over the years has been the stunning array of cars being serviced, repaired or restored when he visited. The Mexico Blue RSR Tribute completed in 2015 is just one highlight of many; “What a totally fabulous car,” he comments. Other cars he remembers include a 928-powered 914 built for Porsche Cup racing in the late 80s and a 996 Turbo he drove last year and would have loved to own.

And if money were no object, what Porsche would he choose? “That’s also easy to answer,” he says. “For historic racing, a 908 coupe, and for the road, a 1973 Carrera RS. That’s my problem, champagne tastes on a tap water income.”

Dream machine: A 1968 Porsche 908 coupe

John and Helen Young are Life Members of the Porsche Club of NSW. John served on the committee for 20 years and is it’s longest serving president, filling that role for 7 years. Helen was Chair of the Porsche Nationals and served as Membership Secretary and Editor