The countdown continues to a new festival event at Brands Hatch on 21 September, when Le Mans winners and legendary road cars will converge on the Kent race circuit in a celebration of the Porsche marque.
Organised by MSV in association with Porsche Club GB and supported by Porsche Cars GB, the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche will be the Club’s premier national event for 2014. In addition to a variety of on-track action, the venue is expected to be surrounded by all types and ages of Porsche, from the 356 of the 1950s to the very latest plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder super sportscar.
Guest of honour will be Dr Wolfgang Porsche, Supervisory Board Chairman of Porsche AG, and grandson of Professor Ferdinand Porsche.
“It was in 1952, just four years after the Porsche company itself was founded, that the first Porsche Club met, and since that time the close relationship between Porsche AG and the Clubs network has been a source of much pride and satisfaction for me,” said Dr Wolfgang Porsche. “There are now 651 Porsche Clubs in over 75 countries around the world – including Great Britain – with nearly 186,000 members. The Clubs are proud ambassadors of Porsche and I always enjoy meeting members, owners and enthusiasts, and sharing their passion for these special sports cars.”
The Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, and a special celebration of this model will form part of the festivities. A dedicated parade of over 70 examples of the 911 Turbo from the 1970s to the present day will take to the track on Sunday afternoon. Pride of place will be a pre-production example of the 911 Turbo from 1973, on loan from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.
With Porsche returning to the top LMP1 class at Le Mans this year, there will also be a sports car endurance racing theme, which has added resonance given the Brands Hatch circuit’s history as the venue for many memorable motor sport battles. In support of this, the Porsche Museum will be showcasing a number of its jewels from the world-renowned exhibition. Porsche is the most successful marque at Le Mans with 16 outright wins, and two past victors will thrill visitors to the Festival. The 1987 Porsche 962 and the 911 GT1 from 1998 will line-up in a pit lane display, and other iconic racers will join them alongside.
- 1963 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GT, which raced at the Targa Florio and Le Mans
- 1977 935 ‘Martini’, which won the Manufacturers’ World Championship
- 2008 RS Spyder LMP2 prototype, which won the American Le Mans Series
- 2011 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which raced successfully at the Nürburging 24 Hours
- 2014 919 Hybrid LMP1 ‘show car’, representative of the high technology prototype sports car which is racing in the WEC this season
In addition to famous cars, a number of Porsche personalities will also take an active part in the event. Former Porsche works race drivers and Le Mans winners Derek Bell and Richard Attwood will be meeting fans and sharing memories.
Contemporary Porsche motor sport will be represented by Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar Josh Webster, who currently leads the Carrera Cup GB Championship. He will be demonstrating his 460 hp 911 GT3 Cup race car during the day.
The Festival is also the finale of a national contest organised by Porsche Cars GB that challenged Porsche Centres to undertake a restoration project with a classic Porsche. This is the second year Porsche Cars GB has run the Classic Restoration competition. For 2014, with the 911 Turbo celebrating its 40th anniversary and the new 911 Targa being launched, participating Centres have been restoring any Classic Porsche model that is turbocharged and/or a Targa. This, of course, includes the front-engined turbo models such as 924 and 944.
Race fans will enjoy a full on-track programme including the Porsche Club GB Porsche Club Championship, Porsche Club Speed Championship and BRSCC Porsche Championship. There will also be a Concours Display for cherished cars, and extra off-track attractions including trade stands, a fun fair and live music.
Last year’s similar Porsche Club GB Festival, held at the Silverstone Classic event, saw a world-record parade of over 911 examples of the iconic Porsche sports coupé around the famous race track. The Club has a long and successful history of annual gatherings, often incorporating displays of new Porsche product and race car demonstrations.