356 INTERNATIONAL 2017
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.