Canford Classics: Porsche Pull-In
Canford Classics is not a name that should require much in the way of a detailed introduction to GT Porsche readers. The Dorset-based Porsche specialist has appeared in the pages of the magazine many a time, with a string of past feature cars to die for, each somehow prepared to a higher standard than the last. In short, this is a specialist that can cater for your every need in regard to the restoration and servicing (or sales) of a classic Porsche, it has developed what amounts to an enviable reputation for quality workmanship and attention to detail.
Fronted by Alan Drayson, the team of experts at Canford Classics are without doubt held in high regarded within classic Porsche circles, and so they should be for they really know their stuff. This place and its staff are somehow more than just a business, they are through-and-through Porsche enthusiasts, something that shines through the instant you meet them. Little wonder then that Canford Classics has developed a gathering popular with Porsche people – a mini meet come open morning, able to draw an interesting mix of classic and modern Porsche to its base in Blandford Forum.
For the fourth running of the ‘Classic Porsche Pull-In’ as it has become known, held on a Saturday morning in late August, the team looked set to build on past successes. They did just that. More than 120 Porsches and in excess of 200 guests turned-out for the event, held in and around the Old Hay Barn – its wonderfully restored offices and workshops. Free gourmet coffee and breakfast rolls may well have been a welcome gift, but first and foremost those in attendance were there to run their eyes over a supreme selection of Porsche metal.
From 356 to 991, Outlaw to concours restoration and everything in-between, it’s no cliché to say there was something for every Porsche palette here, all parked under beautiful clear skies. Cars filled the available buildings, courtyards and neighbouring fields, while those who drove them chatted all things Porsche. Porsche Club GB kindly attended, so too a number of cars previously restored by Canford Classics putting on quite a display, no doubt there were some future customers in the mix too. It all served to form a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Furthermore the event managed to raise more than £400 for Bournemouth Hospital Charity, and it played host to a preview of new automotive clothing and accessories range, Motoratus. That it was all done and dusted before lunchtime ensured this gathering was both short and sweet, allowing folk to return home and get on with their weekend without having too much explaining to do with the rest of the family. That we’ll see a fifth ‘Classic Porsche Pull-In’ seems an absolute certainty, if you can make it there you’re unlikely to leave disappointed. View our gallery below to see more from the event, visit www.canfordclassics.co.uk for more on the company behind it.