Thursday, 9 February 2012

Porsches line up for Race Retro


Race Retro’s Porsche celebrations are continuing to grow with a stunning line up of rare and legendary cars on display and in action when it returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February.
Sir Stirling Moss' immaculate Porsche RS 61 Spyder will be at Race Retro

As well as the display of the first prototype chassis of the Rothmans Group C Porsche 956, raced by Jackie Ickx and Derek Bell, there will also be Sir Stirling Moss’ Porsche RS 61 Spyder, one of only 14 built, brought for $1.7 million at the Amelia Island Auction in Florida to mark Sir Stirling’s 30th Wedding anniversary. They will be joined by the original Porsche 962 Group C car in Blaupunkt livery, driven to third place overall at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1988 by Frank Jelinski, John Winter and Stanley Dickens.

Joining the Group B Porsche 911 SCRS 1984 280bhp three litre flat six rally car in action on the Live Rally Stage in none other than rally legend Bjorn Waldegard who will be reunited with a very special Porsche 914/6, raced in the 1971 Monte Carlo rally, and now owned by Jamiroquai front man and car collector Jay Kay. Jay will also have a turn behind the wheel on the live rally stage that will be running on Saturday and Sunday only.

Alongside the Porsche celebrations, there will also be the 1964 AC Shelby Cobra and the only 1963 Lotus works Cortina. Both of these incredibly rare cars were raced by driver Jack Sears who will also be at the show.

Plus we’ll have the hardtop roadster, driven in 1963 Sebring 12-hour endurance race by Christabel Carlisle and Denise McCluggage and the works MGB GT racer, also driven at Sebring by Paddy Hopkirk and Andrew Hedges.

There will also be an impressive array of cars up for auction at the show. Silverstone Auctions have secured an amazing line up for its debut auction at Race Retro including a 1958 Tojeiro Jaguar, widely regarded as the best one ever built, presented in its impressive Ecurie Ecosse livery. Also up for grabs is a 1976 Porsche 934 ‘Jagermeister’ race car, an exact recreation of the original which was one of the most famous and evocative cars to compete in that season’s Le Mans and European GT Championship.

The auction will be open for viewing all day on Friday and Saturday morning. The sale will then start on Saturday lunchtime with the automobilia before moving on to classic and historic motor racing and competition cars and motorcycles. Auction catalogues will be available online at www.silverstoneauctions.com.

Adult tickets for Race Retro, sponsored by Peter James Insurance and HERO, start at £20 in advance with children’s tickets at £5 for Friday and Saturday and free on Sunday. Car parking is free and has been moved to a hard surface area nearer to the halls. The show is open from 9.30am each day and closes at 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday. To book tickets and for the latest updates, visit www.raceretro.com.