Porsche 356SC triumphs at arduous Zoute GP

| 24 Oct 2012

More than 100,000 people descended on the Belgian coast for the country’s Zoute Grand Prix from 4-7 October.

Split into four main events, the GP attracted vintage and classic machinery, plus sports cars and Youngtimer GTs.

It kicked off on Thursday with the Top Marques exhibition of new cars, but the modern metal soon made way for more than 150 classics (including 110 racers from 1920-’65) as participants set off on the two-day regularity rally, held on Friday and Saturday.

The 500km route took in Knokke-Heist (on the coast) and headed south through the polders and on to Flanders.

A 1964 Porsche 356SC (driven by Philippe Quatennens and Jeffrey Van Hooydonk) took the top honour for post-war cars, while the 1937 BMW 328 Roadster of Stéphane Schrauwen and Briggitte Mertens, was victorious in the pre-war class.

A less-demanding run (of 150km) was laid on for 40 vintage and early classic cars and was won by a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C-2500 Villa d’Este.

The meet concluded with a concours d’elegance that was won by a Derby Bentley 4¼ Continental Tourer (above) owned by Patrick Lapin.

Other awards went to the 1972 BMW Turbo (below, in the Special Unique Bodywork class), a Maserati 300S (Most Interesting Sports Car), a Ferrari 166 (Best Preserved Car) while the Special Jury Prize went to a 1900 Gobron-Brillé.

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Pictures: D’M&S