This weekend will see fans of Porsche cars converge on Hedingham Castle, Essex, for the annual Porsche Classics at the Castle gathering (£25 per car and £5 per passenger), which regularly attracts more than 1,000 classic and modern examples of the marque from all over Europe.
Staged in the shadow of Hedingham’s 34m-high Norman keep, the event evolved from a meeting organised by owners of the original production Porsche, the 356. It was first held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, but moved to Hedingham in 2007 and has since grown to include all Porsche models, although the emphasis remains on older examples.
This year’s show will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first Porsche road cars to carry the now legendary Carrera name (denoting the fitment of a more powerful racing engine) and will feature some of the rarest and earliest 356 Carreras, including several from notable private collections and from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, which can be seen in action during the regular “parades” taking place throughout the weekend.
A dedicated parking area will be set aside for those arriving by Porsche, and Saturday night will see a Mexican-themed “Carrera Caramba” party (£50) with cocktails, Mexican street food and mariachi music.
Auction house Coys, meanwhile, will aim to make the most of the captive audience of Porsche enthusiasts by staging a sale on the Sunday (at 2.30pm; viewing from 12pm-5pm on the Saturday and from 9am on sale day) of 61 collectable examples of the marque, more than 40 of which are 911 models. These range from the first and purest 911s built in the 1960s (estimates from £45,000 to £110,000) to Turbo models from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and limited-edition Speedster variants.
Also on offer is a 1982 911 SC high-speed pursuit vehicle in its original Dutch police livery (£80,000-£100,000), the 1970 911S supplied by the factory to the celebrated British racing driver Vic Elford (estimate on request) and a 1997 Type 993 RSR Cup race car, which is being sold in track-ready condition (£110,000-£150,000, first picture).
The top lot, meanwhile, is expected to be a 2006 Porsche Carrera GT supercar (third picture), which has covered just 6,300 miles from new and could fetch up to £550,000 – while the most affordable is likely to be a 1958 Porsche Junior (fourth picture) at an estimated £7,000-£10,000. Don’t expect to win any races with it, though. It’s a tractor with a single-cylinder diesel engine. But it’s still a Porsche.