Hedingham hosts 50 years of Porsche 911 Turbo celebration

In praise of Porsche – experts and enthusiasts alike come together to mark 50 years of the Porsche 911 Turbo and 25 of the GT3

A field of Porsches and a Norman Porsche Classics

A field of Porsches and a Norman keep... It can only be Porsche Classics at the Castle

Jayson Fong

Hedingham Castle, Essex, September 15

This September, Porsche Classics at the Castle returns to Essex for the ultimate celebration of all things luxury, high-performance and German. And this year the 911 Turbo turns 50.

Steeped in history, the Porsche air-cooled models reigned supreme up until the late 1990s, becoming faster and more powerful, before ceasing production in favour of water-cooled engines. This change brought about a new age for Porsche. Car dimensions stretched in length and breadth but the real revolution was in the back, with the new engine solving issues related to increasingly strict emissions regulations.

Among the scenery of Hedingham Castle, with its well-preserved Norman keep, visitors can see the regular feature ‘Totally Aircooled 1948-1998’, which welcomes all air-cooled models, from the 1948 Gmünd 356 – Porsche’s first production model – to the 993. And this year, water-cooled cars also get their moment.

Meanwhile, ‘50 Years of Turbo’ focuses on Porsche’s evolutionary journey from 1974 onwards – when the first-series 911 Turbo was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Expect to see a strong showing of air-cooled exotica from the 930 onwards.

Elsewhere, the 911 GT3 celebrates its 25th anniversary – the organisers are hoping to display one of the first UK GT3s – plus there’s ‘Porsche in the Park’ where you’ll witness Teutonic performance cars in the grounds.

Whether you drive a transaxle, Taycan, Macan, Boxster, water-cooled 911 or all-electric modern runner, everyone is welcome at Porsche Classics at the Castle.

Tickets start at an early bird rate of £12.50 per person for Porsche Club GB members, or £17.50 for non-members. Children aged 16 and under go free. You can even bring your dog. There’s public parking too for those who don’t own a Porsche – yet. This is one of the largest events in the club’s calendar.

After all, what’s cooler than being cool? An air-cooled Porsche, naturally.

Porsche 911 GT3

It’s the silver jubilee of the 911 GT3 – which will be marked at this Porsche Club GB day

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