2014 saw a return of the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche after a nearly ten year abscence. Featuring displays and demonstrations of both classic and contemporary Porsche sports cars, the event brought to life the fascinating story of the iconic German marque.
Organised by MSVR in conjunction with circuit owner MSV, in association with Porsche Club GB and supported by Porsche Cars GB, the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche was the Club's premier national event for 2014. In addition to a variety of on-track action, the venue was surrounded by all types and ages of Porsche, from the 356 of the 1950s to the very latest plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder super sportscar. A special appearance by Dr. Wolfgang Porsche was undoubtedly a highlight of the day.
Festival of Porsche returns to Brands Hatch this September for a special celebration of Germany’s most iconic sports car manufacturer, complete with racing, demonstrations and displays.
Organised by MotorSport Vision (MSV) in association with Porsche Club GB, Festival of Porsche on Sunday 2 September will be a highlight for both the club and circuit in 2018. The event’s return, for the first time since 2014, is ideally timed as it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Porsche.
On-track action will be organised by MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) and headlined by Porsche Club GB’s very own Porsche Club Championship, starring a wide range of the manufacturer’s race-prepared cars across a number of classes. Further race content will be announced in the coming weeks and months, with a heavy Porsche influence.
The racing will be accompanied by a wealth of other attractions on and off the circuit, including demonstrations and displays of Porsche cars throughout the years, and a marquee timeline of hand-picked Porsches from the past seven decades.
Significant racing cars from the manufacturer’s past will appear too, including the three-times Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid. The last Festival of Porsche featured appearances from Le Mans-winning Porsche 956s and 962s. In addition to the main race day on the Sunday, Festival of Porsche’s activities will include a Porsche Club member’s soiree on the Saturday night.
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MSV, said: “I’m delighted that a major Porsche-themed event is returning to the Brands Hatch calendar this year. One of my favourite motorsport memories was winning the Brands Hatch 1000km in 1984 driving a Porsche 956, a car I spent a great deal of time behind the wheel of. The Porsche brand is one that I have a great deal of affection for, and I look forward to hosting this special meeting in the manufacturer’s 70th anniversary year.”
Chris Seaward, General Manager at Porsche Club said: “Porsche Club is excited to be returning to Brands Hatch in 2018 to continue the tradition of successful Porsche Festivals at the Circuit. The event will bring together many of the Club’s most dynamic activities including a superb on-track programme for enthusiasts to enjoy. Since the last event in 2014 Porsche Club has grown significantly and we’re expecting a substantial turnout as we celebrate Porsche’s 70th year.”
Ragnar Schulte, General Manager, Marketing and Motorsport for Porsche Great Britain, said: “As part of the celebrations of the 70th year of Porsche, we are delighted that the Porsche Club GB and Brands Hatch will dedicate a great show in honour of our anniversary. We will be celebrating the road and race car legends over our seven decades, alongside the latest achievements of today. We look forward to welcoming enthusiasts, customers and our Centre network and jointly sharing our passion for Porsche.”
Tickets will be available at www.brandshatch.co.uk in due course.