CLAS­SIC WEEK­END

The first week­end of Septem­ber kicked off with an open house at Prill Porsche Clas­sics, which served as a pre­cur­sor to the main event: Clas­sics at the Cas­tle, held as al­ways at the won­der­fully pre­served Cas­tle Hed­ing­ham

Classic Porsche - - Contents - Words & pho­tos: Keith Seume

Clas­sics at the Cas­tle and Prill Porsche Clas­sics open house

Ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated af­ter a yearʼs hia­tus, Clas­sics at the Cas­tle was back again held, as in pre­vi­ous years, at the de­light­ful Cas­tle Hed­ing­ham close to the Es­sex/suf­folk bor­der. In past years, weʼve en­joyed bril­liant sun­shine and suf­fered heavy rain, and this year the weather could­nʼt quite make up its mind once again – a threat of rain ahead of the event did­nʼt re­ally ma­te­ri­alise un­til the jour­ney home when yours truly ran into some down­pours of bi­b­li­cal pro­por­tions!

The main fo­cus of the event this year was the cel­e­bra­tion of 50 years of the Porsche 911S, with a call put out for ex­am­ples of each year of pro­duc­tion to go on dis­play. The re­sult was a near 50-car show­ing, the num­bers swelled by a wor­thy se­lec­tion of RSS and a num­ber of rare and de­sir­able mod­els, such as the T/R, ST and RSR. Paul How­ells drove his RSR across coun­try from his west coun­try home, earplugs firmly in place we sus­pect!

Sadly this year there was no ʻmov­ing mo­tor­showʼ of cars pa­raded up and down the drive­way to the main house, con­cerns about crowd safety putting an end to the much an­tic­i­pated pa­rade. How­ever, Mark Fin­burgh drew in the crowds when he fired up his Gulf-liv­er­ied 917. Itʼs amaz­ing that no mat­ter how many times you see and hear a 917, you canʼt help your­self from stop­ping what­ever youʼre do­ing and lis­ten­ing in awe to the sound of the mighty flat-12.

There was a small num­ber of trade stands from the likes of Roger Bray Restora­tion, PR Ser­vices, Spikeʼs Vin­tage

“THE MAIN FO­CUS OF THE EVENT THIS YEAR WAS 50 YEARS OF THE 911S…”

Restora­tions, Clas­sic FX, Clas­sic Retrofit and Prill Porsche Clas­sics, the lat­ter hav­ing held a well-at­tended pre-event open day at its im­pres­sive work­shop and of­fices in nearby Hal­stead on the Satur­day.

Here we were able to take a close look at a num­ber of cus­tomersʼ cars in­clud­ing a 910 which was com­ing to­wards the end of a re­build fol­low­ing a ʻshuntʼ at the Nür­bur­gring, and a stun­ning ex-le Mans Car­rera Abarth. Out­side was an im­pres­sive gath­er­ing of vis­it­ing Porsches, from Speed­sters to the lat­est 991. The sun shone, the beer flowed and bratwurst was con­sumed. A per­fect way to kick off the premier clas­sic Porsche week­end in the UK.

This yearʼs Clas­sic sat the Cas­tle was hosted by Porsche Club Great Bri­tain, but the main thrust of the show was driven by the three peo­ple be­hind this event from the start: Fred Hamp­ton, Si­mon Bow­ery and Jamie Richard­son, to whom we of­fer our thanks.

Some vis­i­tors have sug­gested that over­all num­bers were slightly down on past years and this may have been due to tick­ets only be­ing avail­able in ad­vance via PCGB, or it could have been the un­cer­tainty of the weather. From the point of view of the mag­a­zineʼs trade stand, it was just as busy as ever, giv­ing us the chance to meet read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers in an in­for­mal at­mos­phere, where the cars were very much the stars. Need­less to say, we look for­ward to the next show although whether that will be next year or in two yearsʼ time is un­cer­tain at the mo­ment. Watch this space… CP For fu­ture up­dates, visit www.clas­sic­satthe­cas­tle.com

Above: Mark Fin­burgh brought along his magical 917, which was on dis­play along­side the ex-mickie Most flat­nose Kre­mer-built Turbo

Bot­tom left: Quite pos­si­bly the best reg­is­tra­tion num­ber for a 1973 Car­rera RS you could wish for!

Far left: One of the ear­li­est 911s in the UK, LGK 6D was built in July 1965 and one of two RHD cars in Slate Grey

Left: Paul How­ellsʼ RSR was driven all the way across coun­try from its Here­ford­shire home. Earplugs, any­body?

Bot­tom right: First-se­ries RHD Car­rera RS was on show courtesy of Andy Prill

Top right: 911 T/R was orig­i­nally owned by Dan Mar­gulies. Itʼs one of just 28 T/RS built in 1968 for race and rally com­pe­ti­tion

Top left: Just a hint of the num­ber of cars that showed up. Re­mem­ber when all new Porsches were this colour­ful?

Above: Part of the near 50-car 911S dis­play, cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of this iconic model

Mid­dle right: Although there was no ded­i­cated swap meet, that did­nʼt stop some horse trad­ing go­ing on in the 356 dis­play area

Right: Andy ʻSpikeʼ Finch put on a fine dis­play of cus­tomer cars heʼd painted

Far left: 1966 RHD 911S was driven to the event by Phil Hind­ley of Tech9 Mo­tor­sport. One of the ear­li­est ʻSʼs in the UK, it looked stun­ning

Bot­tom left: 910 was near­ing a re­build fol­low­ing a con­tretemps at the ʼRing. We look for­ward to see­ing it back in ac­tion again at Spa

Far left: At Prill Porsche Clas­sics, ex-le Mans Car­rera Abarth was un­der­go­ing last minute fet­tling ahead of the show at Hed­ing­ham

Left: RHD 1967 911S was or­dered with cus­tomer­spec­i­fied paint­work – the only spe­cial or­der ʻSʼ in the UK that year. Body­work by Ch­ester­tons, paint by Can­ford Clas­sics, en­gine by Redtek and in­te­rior by Clas­sic FX…

Left: 910 en­gine was ready and wait­ing to be re­in­stalled fol­low­ing a freshen up

Left: Trio of roof­less 356s en­joyed the sun­shine

Bot­tom right: We loved this ʻpati­naʼ Pre-a Speed­ster, com­plete with its un­re­stored in­te­rior. As the say­ing goes, theyʼre only orig­i­nal once

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