For enthusiasts of classic Porsches, this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, promises to be one of the most exciting yet thanks to the announcement of two special displays featuring 20 stunning restorations never seen before.
The first display by Porsche Cars Great Britain, shown at Birmingham’s NEC from 9-11 November, features special edition models that were created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary German marque.
Twenty special edition restorations were commissioned including ten examples of the first generation Boxster model, along with air-cooled, water-cooled, and transaxle cars. The restorations were undertaken in conjunction with Porsche Centres and Porsche Recommended Repairers.
Featuring a bespoke interior and a ’70 years of Porsche’ commemorative plaque, each was also finished in ‘Liquid Metal’ silver paint that up to now had only been seen on the stunning Porsche 918 Spyder. The meticulous restorations used Porsche Classic Genuine Parts as well as accessories from the Porsche Classic range including navigation and vehicle tracking systems.
The special edition restorations will be sold towards the end of this year and visitors are able to register their interest at the show.
The second display celebrates the success of the ‘Restoracing’ competition that consisted of three rounds and six races at the Silverstone and Brands Hatch circuits. Having already held three successful restoration competitions for Porsche Centres, for 2018 it was decided to mark twenty years of the Porsche Boxster.
Each centre was challenged to not only restore a ‘986’ Boxster S but to also prepare it to race specification. Each car was also to be finished in a livery inspired by Porsche’s racing history, from the Le Mans-winning ‘Salzburg’ livery to the famous ‘Pink Pig’. The cars were driven by a member of staff with no previous racing experience and the 2018 championship was won by Porsche Centre Bolton. Held in partnership with Porsche Club Great Britain the success of Restoracing will see a second series run in 2019.
The Porsche stand will feature a grid display of Restoracing cars, providing a great opportunity to both inspect the much-admired Boxster model and talk to the people that restored and raced them.
As if these displays aren’t enticing enough, Porsche is also bringing the ‘Project 70’ race car to the NEC. Based on a 1965 short-wheelbase 911 fitted with a 2.0-litre engine, the car was prepared and managed by the four Porsche Classic Partners in conjunction with Road & Road Restorations, a Porsche Recommended Repairer. During 2018 the car was raced by legendary drivers including Richard Attwood, Derek Bell, and Anthony Reid and appeared at events such as the Silverstone Classic, Le Mans Classic, and the Nurburgring’s Oldtimer Grand Prix.