2012 Club Events
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TIPEC (The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club)
Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator
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It’s been 3 years since the club last visited the TIPEC annual show (due to the changes in date and venue every year), but we were pleased to be back this year for the usual splendid exhibition of all things Porsche.
Just as Stoneleigh Park, our biggest event, seems fated to have bad weather, TIPEC has always been not just hot, but a real threat to all those with fair skin! (The hottest event I’ve ever attended was TIPEC at Walton Hall in 2005). This year, it was hood down for me at 6.30am and a 130 mile drive up the M40, stopping at Cherwell Valley Services to meet up with Paul Smith and drive up to Hatton Country World, just a stone’s throw from Stoneleigh Park, where we shivered a few weeks ago, but now encountered blazing all-day sunshine.
Despite the absence of a few regulars, such as David Room, who was undertaking his epic cycle ride for charity, there was a fine turnout of club members, with 12 cars in our display. Entry to the show was free and we were given a superb site, right next to the entrance, where our cars were highly visible to all.
As usual at TIPEC, the array of Porsches was truly mind-blowing. An original Speedster (reg. no. 356 AK) could be seen jammed between all types of 911, including some magnificent 3.2 Carreras from the 80s and modern GT3s in fact, it was hard to think of any 911, from the 1960s to the present day, that was not represented.
In addition to the huge number of 911s, other eye-catchers included a white 927, a blue 968, several immaculate 944s and, of course, our own cars, which attracted a large amount of attention. Nine Speedsters were complemented by the stunning Spyders of Paul Foreman, Trevor Hughes and Ant Dowdall.
At 1.30, Len Raynsford, Paul Foreman and I were invited to display our cars in the main arena, in front of the official TIPEC tent, and to be interviewed by the MC on the PA system. This gave us the chance to discuss the history of the club and the cars, with Paul describing his work in building Speedsters and Spyders and Len giving advice on technical aspects. We had difficulty extracting ourselves from the large numbers of people wanting to ask questions or find out more about the club and the cars.
Among the companies displaying their products at the show was Meguiars, and one of their specialists gave a demonstration of how to prepare a car to show condition, using (of course) different Meguiar products. Dividing up the bonnet of a black 911 into sections with masking tape, he began by detailing, then claying, “de-swirling” and polishing before applying wax, both by hand and mechanically. The results were quite spectacular!
Just a short walk from the show was the Country World itself, a village of craft, fashion and antique shops, with cafes, ice-cream parlours, a large garden centre and play areas for children. This had nothing to do with the show, but provided excellent ice-cream and decent toilets! The Grand Union canal was also nearby for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet.
Leaving the show in mid-afternoon, the sun was still blazing down and the drive home was undertaken in glorious weather all the way, although having to wear my jacket and hat to avoid excessive sunburn meant that I was somewhat less comfortable than I might have wished!
This was a good date and an ideal venue for the TIPEC show, which they will probably change again next year (!), but which has set a high standard for our other events this summer to follow!
Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator