2018 has been an important milestone year for a lot of car manufacturers, with Porsche being among them. To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the company are bringing out a special 1965 Porsche Classic GB 911 race car to compete in different events. Previously, the car was used in 2013 to commemorate 50 years of the 911 badge. The GB 911 recently gained new retro livery in partnership with Oxford Brookes University for a competition run.
Originally built in September 1965, the ‘Project 70’ 911 spent its early years in Italy. Then, it was shipped to the US and finally arrived in the UK during the 1990s. At this time it went through an intensive restoration process. It was also converted to an FIA-approved racer.
Preparation for the Project 70 is being handled by staff gathered from various Porsche Classic Centres across the UK. This highlights the technical expertise of the people who are working on the motor. In April, an extended test session was carried out with former touring car driver Anthony Reid and 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood.
Maintaining a Porsche is no easy feat, especially considering that over 70% of all models ever built are still on the road today. Supplying parts for them is time-consuming and it showcases the skill of the staff. The Classic Partner Centres network can source parts from more than 1000 suppliers, meaning the rarest model can still be kept on the road. The desirability of Porsches is at an all time high among collectors and investors.
The Project 70 is appearing in several competitions, so fans will have the opportunity to see it in action. Below is a full list:
- 18th – 20th May – Peter Auto Spa Classic, Spa Francorchamps
- 17th June – HSCC Guards Trophy, Silverstone
- 6th – 8th July – Le Mans Classic, Le Mans
- 20th – 22nd July – Silverstone Classic, Silverstone
- 10th – 12th August – OldTimer Grand Prix, Nurburgring
- 25th – 26th August – HSCC Guards Trophy, Oulton Park
- 2nd September – Porsche Classic Trophy, Brands Hatch
- 21st October – HSCC Guards Trophy, Silverstone
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