356 IN­TER­NA­TIONAL 2017

Classic Porsche - - News & Products - Pho­tos by Steven Harker

The 356 In­ter­na­tional is an an­nual event open to all own­ers of the 356 who are af­fil­i­ated with a Porsche club, writes Mar­cus Carl­ton. It's a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity to meet with fel­low en­thu­si­asts from all over the world and to en­joy our cars in fine sur­round­ings, ex­plor­ing a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion each year and with drives cu­rated by lo­cals. Ev­ery year new friend­ships are made and ac­quain­tances re­newed.

The long week­end from Thurs­day 25th to Sun­day morn­ing 28th May saw the Ho­tel Coral Platja in Roses, Spain a hive of ac­tiv­ity for all things 356 re­lated. In to­tal there were 127 cars in at­ten­dance from as far away as Moscow.

Nat­u­rally, be­ing Catalunya the weather was su­perb, and the drives around the Cap de Creus na­tional park of­fered some ar­rest­ing views and lo­ca­tions. Yes, there were el­e­gant lunches, sump­tu­ous buf­fet din­ners and a spec­tac­u­lar gala evening at a lo­cal casino housed in a cas­tle, but the star at­trac­tion was the Span­ish scenery and the amaz­ingly traf­ficfree roads once you trav­elled a short way in­land from the bus­tle of Roses.

From the heights of the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery nearly 2000 me­tres up the Ver­dure Moun­tain over­look­ing the bay of Lar­naca, our spec­tac­u­lar drive on the Fri­day had us sweep­ing down per­fectly man­i­cured Tar­mac to the shores of Cadaques and Sal­vador Dali's beach­side home.

The cars in­cluded a 1951 split-screen from Ger­many, a Car­rera-en­gined con­vert­ible and an even mix of other con­vert­ibles and coupés. A par­tic­u­larly nice 1958 A coupé caught my eye as it was sport­ing orig­i­nal, slightly pock­marked paint and in­te­rior. A rare find in­deed.

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