Silverstone Classic Closes Registrations For Capacity Porsche Celebration


Porsches at Silverstone Classic (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

The Silverstone Classic‘s special 50th anniversary Porsche 911 parade is a complete sell-out, the event’s organisers have announced.

The Porsche 911 was unveiled at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show and has evolved in to the world’s most successful sports car with global sales totalling more than 820,000.

In celebration of the 911’s 50th birthday, a display of 911 past and present 911s will take to the Silverstone circuit, attracting over 1000 registrations, resulting in organisers closing entries.

“Originally we feared achieving 911 Porsche 911s might have been a somewhat over ambitious and idealistic target – but with Porsche Club Great Britain’s invaluable input, we’ve sailed passed that goal with eight weeks to spare,” said Event Director Nick Wigley. “It’s terrific that so many 911 enthusiasts and Porsche Club Members will be able to join us for what’s going to be a fantastic birthday party; to be marking such an important automotive milestone in such record breaking style is what we always set out to accomplish. It’s going to be a mind-boggling experience no Porsche fan will want to miss.”

The parade, which will feature some of the more famous competition and showroom models such the legendary Carrera, RS, RSR, GT, Speedster, Targa and Turbo will also be raising funds for the Hope for Tomorrow cancer charity.

“There are a number of very special 911s and Porsche personalities appearing,” confirmed Chairman of Porsche Club GB, Nick Hine. “We will be making further announcements in the coming weeks but are delighted to reveal that two Porsche racing legends – Derek Bell MBE and David Piper – will be among those helping us to celebrate this important occasion on the full Grand Prix track at Silverstone. Having two celebrated drivers from Porsche’s illustrious racing history, taking part in the 911 x 911 world record attempt, is a fitting tribute to mark Porsche Club Great Britain’s celebration of the 911’s 50th birthday.”

Joining the celebration will be a specially prepared 911 from Porsche Club GB to compete at the Classic, with Richard Attwood, Porsche’s first winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour race, and Gordon Robertson, chief driving consultant at Silverstone’s Porsche Experience Centre, sharing driving duties in Saturday evening’s Piper Heidsieck International Trophy Race for Pre-1966 GT Cars, in association with Chopard.

The Silverstone Classic takes place on 26-28 July, with tickets starting from just £35 plus fees and must be booked in advance. More information, including race grids and other off-track activites, can be found at www.silverstoneclassic.com.