TIPEC mustered a superb gathering of Porsches for their National Day, that arrived from around the UK, representing most models ranging from late 1960s 911s up to current day cars, plus a fine line-up of 356 Speedster and 550 Spyder replicas. For those owners that would rather drive their Porsches with verve, than spending time polishing and looking at them, then they were duly catered for with Gaydon Test Track sessions. For those who were looking for a more leisurely kind of day, with a little competitive element, there was the Pride of Ownership contest that was decided by the judges and public alike.
At 11.30am a 944 Buyers Guide was presented by Jim Hearnden, the TIPEC South East London & North Kent Regional organizer, that was followed by a Q&A session for anyone thinking of purchasing a 944. This proved very popular and attracted an interested audience. Fred and Caroline Millin who hail from mid Wales, arrived in their much modified 1984 911 with Special Wishes SE body kit, otherwise referred to as the Slant or Flat nose model. Their car was supplied new to Arizona, USA, and was imported into the UK and later converted to RHD at astronomic cost! Fred’s car sports 11x15 wheels at the back and 9x15 on the front, and the standard factory tuned engine has been uprated with racing cams, a larger turbo and now allegedly produces around 400bhp. With lowered competition suspension, the 911 was once used as a track day car, and even now has only covered a mere 35,000 miles from new.
Other low production models included a 2004 Type 986 Boxster S 550 Anniversary Edition. Only 1953 were produced to commemorate the original 550 Spyder introduction at the 1953 Paris Motor Show. All were finished in GT Silver metallic paintwork, a color only found on the Carrera GT and special edition 40th Anniversary 911. Only 160 of the total production run were sold in the UK, and it marked the end of the 986 model. Other attractions of the day included trade stands, cars for sale corral, musical entertainment from The Good Time New Orleans Band, and of course the Heritage Motor Centre itself, which is well worth wandering around, and houses many rare and interesting cars.