Porsche breaks record to celebrate 50 years

JonathanAugust 1, 2013

Porsche wanted to gather as many versions of its 911 model sports cars in one place to celebrate 50 years of motoring success for the manufacturer.

However, numbers grew to more than people had expected and over 1,200 examples of the iconic vehicle arrived at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

This was a record-breaking number of Porsche 911s in a single gathering and so the company celebrated a landmark occasion by breaking a world record at one of the most celebrated racing tracks in the world.

A variety of famous 911 models were present at the event, from past to present, to join in the parade. These included the legendary Carrera, RS, RSR, GT, Speedster, Targa and Turbo vehicles, as well as an array of distinctive race and rally versions of the 911, which also featured in the spectacle.

The event was attended by a number of Porsche owners and dedicated enthusiasts alike to see practically every version of the 911 model. A number of famous Porsche personalities, including some of the manufacturer’s most-successful racing drivers, also made it along to the event as it aimed to raise a significant amount of money for the Hope for Tomorrow charity.

One of the most popular famous faces at the event was Mark Porsche, son of 911 designer Ferdinand Alexander ”Butzi” Porsche and great-grandson of the original founder Ferdinand Porsche.

“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,” he said.

The parade saw 1,208 cars lap the iconic track as part of the Silverstone Classic historic race, which was organised by the Porsche Club Great Britain, along with Porsche GB and Silverstone Classic.

“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,” added Mr Porsche.

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