Meet Ollie! Along with everyone here at Porsche Centre Swindon, he’s counting down the days to the 2019 Great Britain Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition.
One of our dedicated Porsche technicians, the 25-year-old will take to the wheel of a 986 Boxster and represent Porsche Centre Swindon at the multi-day event. We’ll be competing with Porsche Centres from across the UK to race this classic model at some of Britain’s most famous circuits.
Story of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition
The event was created by Porsche to mark the 20th anniversary of its first-generation Boxster (the 986) that took the open-top sports car market by storm in 1996.
With Porsche introducing a more affordable mid-engined two-seater sports car, the brand reached a whole new generation of owners, and the Boxster through its updates remains a fantastic entry into Porsche ownership.
The Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition – how it works
Last year's competition saw Porsche Centres from across the country not only source and restore 986 Boxster S models, but also nominate a driver to compete in three-rounds of racing at two iconic tracks; Brands Hatch and Silverstone.
Cars were judged on a wide range of criteria including mechanical renovation, body and paintwork and, of course, their performance on the race track. The model’s paintwork is a particular focus as each car must feature bespoke livery inspired by motor racing history.
Porsche Centre Swindon’s entry
Our Swindon based Porsche experts worked hard for several months to transform a carefully sourced 986 model into a rip-roaring race machine, complete with roll-cage.
Stephen Brown, Classic Manager at the Centre and fully paid-up Porsche aficionado (and proud owner of a ‘79 model 911 himself) has been instrumental in the project. It helped that our sister site Porsche Centre Cardiff also created a race car for the series - we have vast pool of knowledge, expertise and sheer Porsche passion to draw on.
Our 986 feature's classic Coca Cola livery, used by our Chairman Peter Lovett in the late seventies.
Oliver Coles - Porsche Centre Swindon’s driver
Racing in the MG ZR Championship, Ollie secured a win and a podium in 2017 at Snetterton.
Racing the mid-engined Boxster will be a change from the norm, as in the last few years has raced front-engined, front-wheel drive cars in the MG Trophy and Peter Best MG Cup, with several wins and high placed finishes.
Keep posted - race dates
Keep up to date with our race reports and details about the event via our Porsche Centre Swindon Facebook page. Our first race is fast coming up! Ollie comments, “I am both excited and nervous about the competition and cannot wait to see the Boxster ready to race”.
2019 Porsche Classic Restroracing Dates:
|Donington Park||Saturday 20th April 2019|
|Brands Hatch||Saturday 4th May 2019|
|Brands Hatch||Sunday 7th July 2019|
|Oulton Park||Saturday 31st August 2019|
Has the Porsche Restoracing Competition got you feeling inspired?
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