Classic Porsche - - 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.ex­

Pho­tos: Tom Gid­den

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

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