2009 Club Events

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TIPEC at Gaydon - 31st May 2009
Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator

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The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club annual show took place at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, for the second year running, though having finally settled on the same venue for two years in a row, a change of date this year meant that the event clashed with the popular Stonor Park Aircooled meeting.

We had a dozen cars in our display area (plus Club member Terry Watson - with Speedster - promoting his "Reincaration" vehicles the other side of the arena and webmaster John Mercer showing off his 968), on a hot, sunny day of the type that one longs to see (but never does!) at Stoneleigh Park for the Kit Car Show in May. As usual, the Speedsters and Spyders on display attracted more attention that almost any cars at the show, which is highly commendable when you consider the range of stunning Porsches of all types and ages that were present.

One very pleasant aspect of the TIPEC show is the way that we are welcomed so warmly. There is absolutely no "replica" snobbery and the TIPEC members seem genuinely happy that we are "keeping the Speedsters/Spyders alive" - there were certainly no other 356s, let alone Speedsters at the show this year and the public who come along would not see these cars if it was not for our Club.

This was a great day for sitting out in the sunshine and chatting about the cars, whilst enjoying a spot of picnic lunch in the sunshine - in the case of Leslie and Mary Bennett and David and Jane Room, this involved (as usual!) erecting tables and chairs and laying out a three course meal!


An additional attraction this year was the appearance of an itinerant New Orleans style jazz band, who marched around all day entertaining the crowds.

One or two members took the opportunity to go for speed laps on the test track, whilst others went round the museum of superb historic cars, which covers everything from the late 19th century to Formula One and features some very unusual and unique cars.

The Club's new pennant flew proudly above our cars and showed people where we were, while the gazebo provided respite from the sun for those who needed it - yes, we're pretty well kitted out now!

This was to have been the day when Rob Jones' Intermeccanica finally made its debut, but mechanical problems meant that Rob was frustrated yet again. However, we are all hoping that the car can be made ready for an appearance soon, though Rob can't make next Saturday's Castle Combe meeting, where, if the weather is anything like today's, we're in for another great show (and I still have some free tickets for anyone interested!)

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

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