2008 Club Events

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Porsche Picnic in the Park - 28th September 2008
Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator

The last outdoor event of the year and the day started with dense fog and visibility down to less than 50 yards - not ideal when driving with the hood down to a venue like Wellington Country Park! But by mid-morning we had superb sunshine and a day of possibly the best weather at any event this year.

This is certainly the event for Porsche lovers - hundreds and hundreds of 911s (including a GT3!), 924s, 944s, 928s, 968s (including JM's), 912s, 914s and several stunning 356 Coupes, as well as our own line-up - a dozen Club members parading their cars at the very front of the show.

As usual, we were interviewed by Tony Webb, the man with the mike, only this time five of us were invited to drive our cars into the central arena to show them to the crowd while some 20 minutes of interviews were conducted - great publicity for the Club!

This gave us the chance to show off the splendid Spyders of Paul Foreman and Trevor Hughes as well as the Speedsters of Simon Hambly, Terry Watson (in his Beck) and myself.

Once again, the Porsche boys showed an appreciation of our cars - no snobbery, but plenty of admiration for our efforts in keeping the Speedster/Spyder legend (sorry!) alive.

We gave out several application forms to wannabee Club members, one of whom turned up in a superb 356 Coupe and proceeded to tell us about his several other Classic cars, one of which is an original Speedster, bought from a US owner some years ago for £40.000 and now worth much more. This would certainly be a welcome addition to the Club line-up!


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And that's about it for this year, apart from the indoor events at the Slough Swapmeet and the Exeter Kit Car Show - both worth a visit for locals, but the November dates are a bit of a non-starter for anyone taking a Speedster or Spyder any distance.

As a final sign-off for the year, I should mention the two things I've done recently which have worked out really well. One is that I had my tyres treated by Puncture-Seal, used by the Army and gradually becoming better-known as a way of making tyres completely puncture-proof (thanks to Len Raynsford for recommending this and proving his worth as our technical guru!) - I now carry no spare wheel and have doubled my boot carrying capacity, although I've compensated for the weight loss by putting some lead in the spare-wheel well.

The other thing I'm pleased with (and thanks here to Simon Hambly for the recommendation) is switching my insurance to Hagerty, saving over 20% on the best quote I could get anywhere else (!) and dealing with some guys who really know what they're talking about. Based at Silverstone and specialising entirely on classic cars (with easy-to-arrange Agreed Values and track cover as well), Hagerty visit all the major classic car events, including Le Mans and Nurburgring as well as all the UK ones. If my experience (and Simon's) is anything to go by, you should at least check out these guys before you renew your insurance.

Well, that's it for me - unless you are coming to check out the massive number of dealers selling their wares at Slough on 9th November, I'll see you all at the APM in March - Saturday night at the Sidcot Arms is the start of the season - BE THERE!

Tony Tucker - Contact details - 07899 654543 (m) 020 8643 2531 (h) or ajt@speedsters.co.uk)


John Mercer's 968

wonderful 911 Speedster


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