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Festival of Porsche roars into life at Brands Hatch

Sunday, September 21 2014

Porsche's illustrious history on road and track will be celebrated at the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche today (21 September) where the guest of honour will be five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Derek Bell MBE. From some of the most distinctive road-going machines of all time, to groundbreaking Le Mans winners, many of the marque's most iconic cars will be taking part in displays both on and off the track.

Bell will be at the forefront of festivities, leading on-track demonstrations of famous cars in the first of Porsche's groundbreaking 956s to be built, in iconic Rothmans livery. Fans can meet Derek today at two autograph sessions at 11.00 on the Porsche GB Area along Colin Chapman Way, and 12.00 by the Special Porsche Display, offering a prime opportunity to meet one of the key players in Porsche's racing story.

Porsche's success at Brands Hatch throughout the Group C era will be recalled with several 956s and 962s taking part in the special car displays, including the Canon-liveried machine in which current circuit owner Jonathan Palmer won the 1984 Brands Hatch 1000km.

Other notable cars appearing include the Rothmans-liveried 956 in which Stefan Bellof recorded the fastest ever lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife an, IMSA-spec 96 designed for competition on the high-speed banking at Daytona International Speedway, the Sebring 12 Hours-winning RS Spyder and the 911 GT1-'98, which recorded Porsche's last outright Le Mans win 16 years ago.

The Porsche story will be brought up to date by a full-scale replica of the 919 hybrid-prototype, which raced in the World Endurance Championship in Texas last night. Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley came very close to recording a shock victory in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours race, so this car could be Porsche's next great icon.

Important road cars will also be showcased, most notably the 911 Turbo, which celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special parade and displays. 74 cars will take part, from the original 930 Turbo, as unveiled at the 1974 Paris Auto Show, to the state-of-the-art 991.

On-track action will be provided by the Porsche Club Championship, Porsche Club Speed Championship, BRSCC Porsche Championship, and a special Porsche Open Race, which benefits from a diverse entry list, including a 993 GT2.

The inaugural Festival of Porsche is organised by circuit owner MSV in association with Porsche Club GB and supported by Porsche Cars GB. Tickets are available on the gate for £30 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information please visit www.festivalofporsche.com.