ROLLING BACK THE YEARS AT SILVERSTONE
When Porsche Cars GB wanted to take part in the celebrations for the 70th birthday of Porsche, it was only natural that theyʼd want to have a party, and where better than at their own Experience Centre at Silverstone? The date was, naturally, June 8th (the very day in 1948 that Porsche No1 was registered, marking the birth of the company), but to make the day special, they needed some historic Porsches to put on display – and who better to call on than old friends Export 56 at nearby Newport Pagnell?
Mick Pacey, owner of Export 56, can always be relied upon to come up with the goods, and this he did in style, with a mouth-watering selection of RHD cars. Perhaps the most desirable of all was a 1957 356 1500GS Carrera Speedster, resplendent in red (look out for a full feature on this car in Classic Porsche), but we wouldnʼt have minded driving home in any of the other cars provided by Export 56.
These included the Carrera 2 (292 NOJ) we featured on the cover of issue #51, a very rare 1955 Carrera coupé (in fact, the very first RHD Carrera ever built), a 1965 356 SC Cabriolet, a 1971 2.2 911S (in that delicious Gold Metallic), a 1973 2.4 911S (in Blue Metallic), a 1974 Carrera 2.7 Targa and a 1977 Carrera 3.0 in a glorious 1970s bronze. And letʼs
not forget the two ʻserviceʼ vehicles, in the form of a splitscreen VW van and a bay-window VW pick-up, painted in the style of ʻRenndienstʼ wagons of the period.
In addition to these, Porsche themselves also had several cars on display, from modern Le Mans racers to their own historic 2.0-litre SWB 911, plus an original 550 Spyder and a selection of current models to demonstrate how the companyʼs products have developed over the last 70 years.
Rounding the day off was the opportunity to demonstrate the cars on the twisty handling track before the camera of our own Tom Gidden. With glorious weather, it was a day to remember. Wonder what theyʼll do for the 100th anniversary? For details of the vehicles, log onto www.export56.com
Clockwise from above: On show was 292 NOJ, the Carrera 2 featured in issue #51 of this magazine; easy does it – donʼt want to scratch that paint!; Mick Pacey of Export 56 before the film cameras; 1957 Carrera GS Speedster was our favourite car of the day; Porsche supplied some modern Le Mans racers, as well as a selection of current roadgoing models
Clockwise from above: Out on the handling track, the very first RHD 356 Carrera heads the 1957 Carrera Speedster; 1965 356SC Cabriolet cuts a dash on track. Weather was perfect for top-down motoring; the full line-up of cars from Export 56, covering 1955 to 1977. Which would you choose?; 1977 Carrera 3.0 looked fabulous in its period colours – gold on bronze is a great combination; Export 56ʼs matched pair of race support vehicles