Due to the excellent weather and very photogenic surroundings, any budding photographer and car fanatic would have been in their element, however if photography was not ‘their scene’, Darren Woolway was on hand taking professional photos as each car was on the way in with mounted pictures available later in the day.
No display of cars would be complete without a competition and Simply Porsche was no exception – for a team of Judges to score 1600 cars would be impossible and so it was down to people’s choice. Everyone was given a voting slip and encouraged to pick their favourite. The top three were lined up in front of the National Motor Museum with the overall winner being Matt Gough from Maidstone in his stunning blue 2010 Boxster, with Neil Richardson Runner up in his gleaming red 996 Turbo, and in third place Jon Devereux with his immaculate silver 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet. From a personal perspective it was thrilling to see a 996 placed so highly out of the 1600 vehicles in the arenas.
If 1600 Porsches were not enough along with trade stands, then there was of course the monorail, National Motor Museum, and Top Gear exhibition. (Whilst on the monorail which goes through the museum the excitement could be heard in the children’s voices when they saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the first time)
All in all a superb day with matching weather, and a collection of what can only be described as Stuttgart’s finest - even when departing the distinctive ‘notes’ from the engines only added to the experience and the discounted entrance fee was also much appreciated by all.
So work permitting, I am looking forward to next year and hopefully joining one of the many convoys which made their way on the Sunday morning to Beauilieu, and maybe if Pie Performance will have me, exhibiting the 911 on their stand – hint hint?