After six months' hard graft, the finale of the Porsche Centres 911 Restoration competition took place on Saturday at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, with the Porsche Centre Sutton Coldfield taking overall honours for the meticulous rebuild of its 1990 964 Carrera 2 (main image, white car in centre).
The competition was launched in May, encouraging official Porsche dealerships from around the UK to bring an unloved 911 back from the brink as part of the marque's 50th-anniversary celebrations for its most famous model.
Some 15 Centres took part, 10 of which made it to Silverstone for judging by a panel led by competition organisers Graham Lightfoot and James Toye, and including C&SC. And there was a surprising variety of cars, from Leicester's 1973 2.4T to a pair of mid-’90s 993s.
In addition to the main prize, there were separate gongs for Restoration work (won by Tonbridge for its fabulous 1976 2.7 Sportomatic, above on right), Marketing (picked up by Leicester) and Display during the project, the latter deservedly going to the Cambridge team for its excellent 1983 911SC.
A full story on the competition will follow in the December issue of C&SC.