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TIPEC at Gaydon - 3rd August
This was another excellent event despite a wet start, with heavy rain in the south of England which caused considerable discomfort to those of us travelling to the Midlands in our Speedsters, alleviated only by the thought that two of our colleagues were making a similar journey in Spyders!
Fortunately, the event was blessed with sunshine and warmth right throughout the day until late afternoon when a heavy shower arrived just as we prepared to leave for home.
As in the past, we were welcomed by the organisers with open arms - no Porsche snobbery about "replicas", just praise for helping to keep the Speedster and Spyder legend (no pun intended) alive.
Despite two or three late cry-offs, we were still able to reach double figures with our cars on display and, as usual, we proved to be one of the show's main attractions, notwithstanding the galaxy of historic Porsches in attendance. Our gazebo and club banner were clearly visible from all round the arena and we entertained a large number of visitors throughout the day.
This was a new, and highly suitable, venue for The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club annual show, with the Heritage Motor Centre providing a magnificent display of historic cars in its museum.
There was an excellent restaurant and a test track, which was available for laps at £10 a go - and several of the TiPEC members had their Porsches up to 130+ mph!
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Our interviewer was highly complimentary about the Speedsters and Spyders on show and obviously delighted that we had attended the event. With no original 356s or Spyders present, our cars gave the public their only chance to see what these cars are like.
No original Speedsters maybe, but there were some very fine examples of just about every other type of Porsche, including a superb black 968 convertible, recently purchased by our own webmaster, John Mercer, as interim fun transport while he saves up for a Speedster.
There were also some magnificent late 60s/early 70s 911s and 912s, several 914s and a large number of the iconic 3.2 Carreras from the 1980s.
Mike Loveluck claimed a bit of a coup by blagging his way into the show without paying the £10 entrance fee. This meant that he could not get into the Museum, which did not bother him until he found the need in mid-afternoon to visit what we were recently referring to in Le Mans as "les toilettes". Without an armband, he was refused entry and, not wishing to embarrass everyone by visiting the bushes, found himself paying a tenner to get into the building - I've heard of spending a penny, but £10 must surely represent one of the more expensive pees on record! Much amusement all round!
All in all, a great day and another permanent fixture for the club calendar, I would think, providing TiPEC stick to this venue and date for a change. Next up, it's the Hampshire Pageant on August Bank Holiday - and I already have free entrance tickets in my hands, so let me know if you want one.
Tony Tucker - Contact details - 07899 654543 (m) 020 8643 2531 (h) or firstname.lastname@example.org)