The 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 continues as the company has managed to set a new world record for hosting the largest parade of 911s.
The unique event took place on Sunday 28th July 2013 at Silverstone when 1,208 Porsche 911s participated in a parade organized by Porsche Club Great Britain in partnership with Porsche Cars Great Britain and Silverstone Classic.
The original plan to produce a parade of 911 x 911s was almost immediately exceeded when the celebrations were announced, with registrations building hugely in the months leading up to the event. Rather than settling for the initial target, the Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic organisations squeezed an incredible 1,208 examples of the 911 on to a packed circuit – creating a breathtaking sight in the process.
The event was kicked off by Mark Porsche – who is the son of 911 designer Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche and the great-grandson of founder Ferdinand Porsche – who said
It’s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I’m very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the Porsche 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I can’t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.
The sensational spectacle, which raised funds for the Hope for Tomorrow cancer charity, was led by a number of famous Porsche personalities as tens of thousands of fans looked on.
Former F1 driver and five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE joined in the occasion, along with Richard Attwood – winner of the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche – and fellow ‘legend’ and race driver John Fitzpatrick. Porsche owners and enthusiasts made up the remainder of the colourful convoy culminating in the remarkable world record number, which spanned virtually every possible derivative of 911.
The parade comprised the most famous 911 models from past and present, including legendary Carrera, RS, RSR, GT, Speedster, Targa and Turbo variants. A number of distinctive race and rally versions of the 911 also featured in the cavalcade.
“Of course, the 911 means a great deal to me as it’s my father’s big design and it will always have a special place in my heart,” said Mark Porsche. “It’s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I’m very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I can’t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.”
Ragnar Schulte, General Manager, Marketing, Porsche Cars GB, commented;
It has been wonderful for the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 to be celebrated in this spectacular parade. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the Porsche Club Great Britain for the immense organisation and effort they have put into this.