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2015 Total 911 Photo of the Year Award: The Shortlist

After a week of intensive voting, we can reveal the super six shortlist that you have chosen to compete over the next seven days for the 2015 Total 911 Photo of the Year Award.

However, the voting isn’t finished yet as, once again, picking the ultimate winner is down to you. This time though you’ve only got one chance to vote, and you can only choose one stunning photograph as your potential award winner, so choose carefully.

Voting closes at 8:00 GMT on Thursday 10 December and we’ll announce the winner later that day. So, without any further ado, here’s the super six. Get voting now:


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Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia, Wales

There’s a very old joke about the weather in North Wales: “Summer was great this year, it was a Wednesday”. Cruel perhaps, but sadly there is some truth to it.

On a great day, it is a superb place to be, with far-reaching views in every direction. On anything but a clear day, it is a different story. A mountain guide I know jokingly refers to Snowdonia as ‘Mordor’; be warned.

But we’re forgetting ourselves, because the terrain that shapes the weather provides plenty of features for roads in the area. That is a good thing. This time, we visit the Llanberis Pass, or the A4086, past Snowdon.

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Unlike many of the headline routes in Wales, famous for long, sweeping moorland circuits, the Llanberis Pass is almost diminutive in comparison, but equally fun.

It may only be six miles long, but it really is in spectacular scenery, surrounded by attractions. If you’re looking for a road to make a weekend of in family company, this is probably the one.

It isn’t a fast one though, nor is it billiard-table flat, so is more suited to the older model 911. We reckon a sorted 964 would be glorious here, in third gear up, and second downhill.

We start at Llanberis, by the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The first mile or more is slow past houses, but shifts into plenty of bends and a rising gradient. Past the attention-seeking roadside boulders, the road changes character, becoming a well-sighted, ricocheting scar up into the road summit, eventually passing by the Pen-Y-Pass Youth Hostel.

Llanberis Pass GTS

This section reminds me of the Isle of Man mountain section, where you’ll get a glimpsed sight line up the road as you weave around certain bends. At the Pen-y-Pass, we descend around a very scenic Armco edged bend with open views down to the Pen-Y-Gwyrd hotel, and Llyn Gwynant on the right.

Our top tip is to drive this at sunrise or sunset, when you’ll have it to yourself. Once done, walk up Snowdon via the Pyg or Miners Tracks (or the cheat’s way via the railway from Llanberis).

Food-wise, what better than to enjoy lunch in the evocative Alpine Room in the Pen-y-Gwyrd, with its ceiling signed by Everest Summiteers?

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Total 911’s Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test gallery

Coupe, Cabriolet or Targa? It’s a decision faced by any new Porsche 911 Carrera buyer. However, the conundrum is even more keenly felt by those looking at splashing their cash on a 991 Carrera GTS.

Those iconic three letters suggest even greater driving focus, so should they be sullied by the removal of the roof? It’s a question we’ve set out in answer in the latest issue of Total 911.

For now though, whether you’ve read our 991 GTS super test or not, take a few minutes to enjoy some of the spectacular photography (and scenery) from our scintillating road trip across Wales.

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To read our full Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Video: Total 911’s Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test

With the new Porsche 991.2 Carrera marking the end of the road for naturally aspirated 911 Carreras, we’ve turned our eyes back to the Porsche 991 Carrera GTS line up in Total 911 issue 133.

We arranged a thrilling road trip through some of the best tarmac in Wales in order to test out all three versions of the last naturally aspirated Carrera and see if the Cabriolet and Targa styles deserve to join the Coupe and wear the fabled ‘GTS’ tag.

Beautifully filmed by Definitive, this short video gives you taste of what you can expect from our 991 GTS super test. Enjoy.

To read our Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device for an immediate Porsche fix.

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Total 911 issue 133 now on sale

With nearly 200,000 built between 2004 and 2013, the 997-type neunelfer is the most popular Porsche 911 generation of all time. In the latest issue of Total 911, we’ve put together our super six selection of the best Porsche 997s ever, with a little help from you.

Using votes cast by hundreds of Total 911 readers, we’ve compiled our conclusive countdown of the greatest 997s, featuring a Porsche 911 to satisfy all tastes, whether you prefer Carreras, Turbos or Rennsports.

So, to find out if your Porsche 997 made the grade and reached the coveted number one spot, issue 133 is a must have.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTSs

Also inside, we’ve taken all three versions of the last naturally aspirated 911 Carrera – the 991 Carrera GTS – to Wales for a thrilling road trip to decide the outcome of our latest supertest.

There’s also our ultimate guide to the revered Porsche 993 Carrera RS (possibly the greatest 911 of all time) plus a history of Porsche Turbos and a head-to-head between Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 versions of the Porsche 964.

For all this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device for an immediate Porsche fix.

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