The start of a Porsche 911 restoration
From 16-18 September, Goodwood in South England is once again set to become a mecca for the international classic car scene. Porsche Classic, the department of Porsche AG responsible for supporting all Porsche classic cars, will be attending for the second time. The Porsche Classic specialists will present themselves in the “March Motorworks” true to the spirit of the early 1960s, holding live demonstrations of their skill in a historic workshop and presenting a selection of their large range of Porsche Classic original parts and literature.
As a special highlight, this year Porsche will be bringing a 1964 911 to England, where it will embark on a complete restoration. Visitors to Goodwood will be able to watch the early stages of the dismantling close up, and look on as mechanics in historically accurate clothing, using the proper historic tools, take the engine and gearbox apart or start work on the interior at workbenches in a lovingly recreated workshop. Straight after the event, the dismantled 911 will then set off on its journey to the Porsche Classic workshop in Stuttgart, where specialists will complete the restoration before the Porsche is finally handed over to its proud owner next year in tip-top condition.
And that’s not all. Porsche Classic’s offering in 2011 will once again be rounded off by a display of old drawings, lubrication plans, race posters and trophies. Last but not least, it will also be possible for visitors to see for themselves and at first hand the quality of many original parts for the pre ‘66 356 and 911 models, some of which will be on display for the first time. It goes without saying that the Classic experts from Zuffenhausen will provide competent answers to any questions visitors ask them about restorations or supplies of spare parts for classic Porsche vehicles.
The Revival, probably the most popular meeting for pre-1966 race cars, has taken place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit since 1998. Year after year it offers visitors a very special experience, a trip into the motor sporting past of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The only event of its kind anywhere, Goodwood is where the world of the old racing heroes comes back to life, and the only place where you can see a race track surrounded by straw bales and visitors in period costumes. What’s more, the races between the old treasures are truly spectacular, with real wheel-to-wheel action.
Over 500 classic racing cars from the most famous manufacturers throughout Europe and the world will compete in numerous classes, and merely taking part is an honour for any driver. Driving in a Goodwood race is the racing world’s equivalent of being knighted, since in order to do so it is essential to have received a personal invitation from the Lord of March, who organises the event. It should therefore come as no surprise that many famous racing drivers from the glory days of motor sport attend the event. Some of the stars you might bump into include Stirling Moss, John Surtees or the former Porsche racing drivers Richard Attwood and Derek Bell.
The Goodwood Revival notched up over 128,000 visitors last year; there can surely be no more impressive proof of the ongoing popularity of this classic European motor sport event.