The annual gathering of Porsche Classics at Hedingham Castle, Essex took place the weekend of September 6th. More than 1,000 classic and modern models of the famous brand were showcased in front of the public.
First held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, the event was subsequently moved to Hedingham in 2007 and has since grown in popularity, models included and attendance. This year’s theme of the gathering was the 60th anniversary of the first Porsche Carrera road cars. Several vehicles part of private collections as well as exhibited at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart were transported to take part in the event.
Saturday night treated guests to a Mexican-themed “Carrera Caramba” party (£50) with cocktails, Mexican food and music. On Sunday auction house Coys held a sale of 61 collectable examples. These ranged from the original 911s built in the 1960s (priced from £45,000 to £110,000) to Turbo models from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s as well as limited-edition Speedsters.
Another interesting offer was the customized 1982 911 SC high-speed pursuit vehicle with original Dutch police emblems (priced at £80,000-£100,000), the 1997 Type 993 RSR Cup race car ((£110,000-£150,000) and the 1970 911S driven by British racing driver Vic Elford (price on request).
Sports cat enthusiasts were able to bid on a £550,000 2006 Porsche Carrera GT supercar and a 1958 Porsche Junior, which was more affordable at £7,000-£10,000. The latter was a single-cylinder diesel engine tractor built under the brand of Porsche.
Entrance to the event cost £25 per car and £5 per passenger with a lot of Porsche’s executives and owners of the original production making an appearance. While the emphasis remained on older signature models, customized new ones were also featured to expand on the variety.