Porsche front run­ners at the Nec

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.nec­clas­sic­mo­tor­show.com

The 40th an­niver­sary of the ground­break­ing Porsche 924 is among the at­trac­tions on of­fer at the Lancaster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show when it re­turns to Birm­ing­ham’s NEC this au­tumn.

Porsche’s front-en­gine transaxle 924 helped to kick-start a new gen­er­a­tion of sports cars for the com­pany that had pre­vi­ously been fo­cused on the 911 and its rear en­gine lay­out.

Porsche Cars GB’s stand in Hall 1 at the NEC on 11-13 Novem­ber will show­case the fi­nal­ists from its ’40 years at the front’ 924 model restora­tion com­pe­ti­tion. Last year, the Porsche Cen­tre net­work was chal­lenged with sourc­ing and restor­ing a clas­sic transaxle car.

The win­ner of that dealer net­work skills test was Porsche Cen­tre Guild­ford and its rec­om­mended re­pairer, Premier Panel Skills, for its restora­tion of a 968 Club Sport. This and the 15 other com­pe­ti­tion cars will be dis­played along­side a re­cently re­stored 924 Car­rera GTP Le Mans racer.

In 1980 Porsche en­tered the 24 Hours of Le Mans with three ex­am­ples of the new car fielded by teams from Ger­many, USA and Great Bri­tain in the Pro­to­type class. Porsche 924 GTP 002 was driven by Tony Dron and Andy Rouse and re­mains the only Porsche fac­tory owned rac­ing car ever to com­pete un­der a Bri­tish flag.

The car was of­fi­cially re­tired in 1982 and then put into stor­age. Resur­fac­ing in 2015, it still car­ries the scars of rac­ing and test­ing with many parts miss­ing or dam­aged. Its restora­tion was car­ried out by Porsche Cars GB to­gether with its four Clas­sic Part­ner Cen­tres in Leeds, Swin­don, Glas­gow and Hatfield work­ing with Road & Race Restora­tions.

Tick­ets for the show are on sale now, and a num­ber of ad­vance pack­ages are be­ing of­fered. Check on­line for more.

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