Restoracing Competition Celebrates Boxster
Believe it or not the 986 Boxster is 20 years old, to celebrate that milestone 18 Porsche Centres across the UK have been involved in buying, restoring and modifying Boxster S models with their Recommended Repairer Partners. The teams have prepared the cars for racing in a dedicated three-round, six race championship – part of the Porsche Club GB Championship.
“After three successful restoration competitions, we wanted to do something different in partnership with our Centre network to celebrate 20 years of the Porsche Boxster,” commented James Toye, Business Development Manager, Porsche Cars GB. “The first generation, ‘Type 986’ Boxster is an important car in Porsche history, and for many is their first step in ownership. Our intention is to illustrate not only how good these cars still are, but also give the Centres a cool opportunity to demonstrate their skill, knowledge and passion for Porsche – and Porsche Classic in particular.”
Like the 996 with which it shares many parts, the 986 Boxster is now included within the Porsche Classic programme, which offers over 50,000 original equipment parts to support older models. The cars will race in a specification as close to road standard as possible, with obvious concessions to safety and driver protection. Apart from those modifications and the addition of a hardtop, each Boxster remains largely original. The Centres taking part will have their cars judged on various elements of their restoration including mechanical, body and paint preparation. And their cars must be finished in an iconic, Porsche-inspired classic livery such as the red and white ‘Salzburg’ livery of the 1970 Le Mans-winning 917, or the light-hearted ‘Pink Pig’ identity of 1971.
However, the added challenge is not just to restore the car but to prepare it and a driver to take to the track, everyone from Centre Principals to junior Technicians, seasoned competitors to virtual novices will be racing. The mechanically-identical Boxsters will be competing amongst faster categories of Porsche, but with up to 16 of the roadsters entered, there will be plenty of action to focus the drivers’ attention. The race series visits Brands Hatch twice and Silverstone, a bumper crowd is expected for the autumn finale, when the series supports the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche.
|5-6 May||Brands Hatch GP|
|2 June||Silverstone GP|
|2 September||Brands Hatch Indy|
Participating Porsche Centres:
|Porsche Centre Bolton||Road & Race Restoration|
|Porsche Centres Cambridge, Colchester & East London||Lancaster – Jardine Motors|
|Porsche Centre Chester||Road & Race Restoration|
|Porsche Classic Life, Bicester Heritage||Dick Lovett Spraymaster|
|Porsche Centre Glasgow||Mitchell Ingliss Ltd|
|Porsche Centre Guildford||Premier Panel Skills|
|Porsche Centre Hatfield||M&A Coachworks|
|Porsche Centres Leeds, Teesside & Newcastle||JCT600 Body Clinic|
|Porsche Centre Leicester||Chartwell Derby|
|Porsche Centre Nottingham||Chartwell Derby|
|Porsche Centre Silverstone||Elite Motors Bodyshop|
|Porsche Centre Swindon||Dick Lovett Spraymaster|
|Porsche Centre Wilmslow||Road & Race Restoration|
|Porsche Centre Wolverhampton||Shorade|
You can follow the action by visiting the dedicated section of the Porsche GB website here.