Silverstone Classic 2016 once again wowed crowds this past weekend with a three day celebration of cars and motoring.
With an estimated 100,000+ attendance, displays from over 100 car clubs - including the Porsche Club of Great Britain - and more than 10,000 classic cars, this year’s Silverstone Classic ensured that it continues to be lauded as one of the UK’s largest classic motoring events.
One of the many highlights for both Porsche and fans was the presence of the fully-restored 1980 924 Carrera GTP car, driven by Tony Dron and Andy Rouse at Le Mans in 1980. The car was once again put through its paces once again around the renowned Silverstone track by legendary Porsche race driver and engineer, Jürgen Barth, who led a parade of transaxle and mid-engine models from past decades. Pictured with its proud restoration team, the 924 is a celebration of the transaxle era - a key theme for many of the Porsches in attendance this year, and in keeping with the Classic Restoration Competition.
Porsche Centre Guildford and Premier Panel Skills claimed the top prize in the Porsche GB Classic Restoration Competition with a magnificent restoration of their 968 CS. Their restoration project most impressed those in attendance, and it’s easy to see why.
The celebrations continued on the famous Silverstone track itself, with a procession of Porsches from the transaxle era making their way around the circuit.
One of the most anticipated moments of the weekend was the auction of an extremely rare 1981 924 Carrera GTR. This homologation model was one of just 17 made and sold, earning it a reputation as one of the most desirable Porsches ever produced. With hardly any miles on its odometer, this 924 Carrera GTR is still showroom fresh - and the winning bid of £495,000 testified to this.
But it wasn’t just classics on display at Silverstone this year. The 2015 Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid was on display, still showing the evidence of a hard-fought win.
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