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19th September, 2010

  • Porsche Classic, the department responsible for supporting all classic Porsche cars, participated for the first time at England's Goodwood Revival, 17th-19th September
  • The expertise of the specialist technicians from Stuttgart was showcased alongside a range of Genuine Parts for older Porsche models
  • The 1962 718 W-RS Spyder from the Porsche Museum will be displayed in a remade workshop

Porsche Classic was present at the 2010 Goodwood Revival, a celebration of the golden era of motor sport which took place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, near Chichester, 17th-19th September.

Porsche Classic, the department of Porsche AG responsible for supporting all Porsche classic cars, relived the spirit of the early 1960s at the March Motorworks and showcased the expertise of the specialists of the Porsche Classic workshop as well as the comprehensive range of Porsche Classic original parts and technical literature.

The “Grandmother”, the 718 W-RS Spyder, from the Porsche Museum was worked on during the event by two mechanics in a lovingly remade, classic workshop. Two workbenches will also give visitors the opportunity to see work in progress on engines from the 356 and 912, and a 356 transmission.

Original old drawings, lubrication plans, racing posters and trophies were on display; and enthusiasts of the Porsche 356 examined many original parts which are still available from Porsche Genuine Parts, including the front grille, brake drums, guards or headlight lenses at a historic After Sales counter.

The Classic experts from Stuttgart in Germany were present at the Porsche exhibit to provide advice and information on all questions relating to the supply of Porsche original spare parts and the restoration of classic Porsche vehicles.

The Goodwood Revival, which has been taking place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit since 1998, is a very special experience. The most popular meeting of Pre-1966 racing cars in the world, it gives visitors a taste of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. The vintage and classic races on the authentic circuit, which remains untouched by modern motor sports, are not the only spectacular feature: visitors also dress up in period clothing to immerse themselves in another world and bring the old times to the current day.

In 2009, over 136,000 visitors marvelled at around 530 classic racing cars from all over Europe, which competed in 16 classes. Legendary race drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtess and Richard Attwood and Derek Bell regularly participate in this three day event.

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Porsche 718 W-RS Spyder
Model Year   1962
Engine  8 cylinder boxer
Displacement 1,981 cc
Power Output 154 kW (210 PS)
Top Speed  280 km/h

The first two-litre, eight-cylinder Porsche is affectionately nicknamed ‘Grandmother’ by the mechanics because of its 'long' motor sport career (1961 – 1964). Its history of wins includes class victories, such as those at the Targa Florio in 1962 and the 1,000 kilometre race at the Nürburgring. The ‘Grandmother’ dominated the European Hill Climb Championship in 1963 and 1964, and twice took Edgar Barth to the Championship title. The car belongs to the Porsche Museum and has been restored by Porsche Classic.

With a record attendance of more than 132,000 spectators over the three days of the Goodwood Revival last year, in March the event’s founder Lord March announced the decision to cap advanced ticket sales this year to around 128,000 spectators, to keep the event a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all Revival visitors. The event was a sell-out, before the event commenced.

Dates for the 2011 Goodwood Revival, as well as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, will be announced shortly and reported by Next Car.


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