Kent & South-East London

Kent & South-East London

R.O. Sean Smallman

 

 

A.R.O. Stuart Watson

I’m Stuart Watson, an Assistant Regional Organiser (A.R.O.). A few short years ago i returned to Porsche ownership and was desperate for help, support and general Porsche camaraderie. I’m so pleased that i joined The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club and found such a warm welcome at our region. It was a big step for me as i’ve always resisted clubs. I’ve made some great friends through the club and saved a fortune with the help and advice I’ve received.  I’d like to be able to get to all meetings and all events, but none of us can do it all. There is absolutely no pressure to do everything. If there are things you’d like to see on our calendar, just let us know.

Contact Us. 

kent.sel@tipec.net

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We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm at:-

Our Monthly Meeting Venue 

The Moody Mare, Seven Mile Lane (B2016), Near Mereworth Village, Maidstone, Kent

ME18 5QY

 

Region 12. Kent & South East London

 

KENT & SOUTH-EAST LONDON EVENTS

 

 

Click CALENDAR to see our Events

(Once in Calendar, use the search field and type in ‘Kent’ to view only this Regions events.  You can also click on a link in the ‘event’ and save it directly to your own ‘Google Calendar’)

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News and Information

 

Local Driving Events – GPS

When we plan a route for our local drives, we do it on Garmin Base Camp.  There are a number of very good reasons for this, but it’s not worth delving into them here.  When the route is finalised we make a GPX file available for anyone with a Garmin SatNav.  Whilst GPX files are reasonably common for SatNav systems, they may not suit all devices.  Historically, we’ve tried to provide a written route plan for everyone else to use.  However these are time consuming to produce and not particularly useful if the driver is alone in their Porsche.

So We Need Your Help.  In addition to the GPX file, we can also provide a KML2.2 file.  KML is the file system used by Google for their mapping.  We have tested this and we are able to import a KML file into Google Maps on a laptop and to see the ‘Route’ and ‘Way Points’.  What we haven’t proved yet is the ability to use a KML file on a Google Map device, such as a mobile phone, which can then be used as a SatNav on that route.  If you know of a simple and free way we can achieve this, please email us.  We appreciate all efforts on this, but please limit any email responses to proven solutions to the issue of making our driving routes available to the maximum number of drivers, in a free and simple way.  I’m unable to post a link to a KML file here, but if you want one i can email one to you.  Thanks in advance for taking up this challenge.

The Pandemic

This awful virus is affecting each and everyone of us.  Our membership reflects the full spectrum of  consequences of COVID-19, being experienced by people across the UK and beyond.  When it first took a grip in March 2020, many of us thought that we would be over the worst of it and we would be regaining some sense of normality by the end of the summer.  However, at this time there is no obvious end in sight.  If we could flick a switch and make the pandemic and all of its negative consequences disappear, we would.  In the mean time, the distraction of Club Events is a much needed tonic for many members.  We are thinking about you all and we will continue to work within the rules and guidelines to provide opportunities for you to enjoy your Porsche and your club.

Club Nights are now held on the first Wednesday each month

The Moody Mare have adapted their premises and their opening hours.  They are no longer open on a Monday, therefore our new club night will be on the first Wednesday of each month.  Please make a habit of checking this website, your club emails or our Facebook page to ensure that you are aware if we suddenly need to make last minute changes.

It’s probably going to feel a little strange meeting in the same venue under guideline restrictions.  However it’s important that we are respectful of the restrictions, not only to the venue and staff, but to one another.

Elephants in the room…..   If you can’t get to everything, none of us can, it doesn’t matter. If you haven’t been to a club night or an event for a long time, you’re not alone, that doesn’t matter either and we look forward to seeing you whenever you can come along.  We all do our best to make everyone feel welcome, there are no cliques, just members in conversation, feel free to introduce yourself and join in.

All Torque the club magazine

The club magazine is great.  It’s totally portable and doesn’t require batteries or a wifi signal, so you can read it anywhere.  It’s also worth remembering that the Editor is always on the look out for your good and interesting Porsche related stories with photo’s.  It may be a road trip, Porsche rebuild, or a club event.  If you have a story to share, send it over to Tony – details are in the magazine.

Kent and South East London Events.

Remember to check the Calendar for all of our events.  In fact, you can contact any region if you see something you’d like to do in another area, all the contact details are in All Torque or on their regional page.  Finally, if you are taking your Porsche out for a drive, why not ask if anyone wants to join you, it’s what our club is all about.

Membership Renewals – Why we remind you.  

Club membership is managed at Club level by an independent company called Lavenham.  When your membership is due for renewal, you get notified by Lavenham and if you’re anything like me, you think ‘yep, i must do that, i’ll do it later’.  The fly in the ointment is the very important legislation called Global Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) this means that if you forget to renew, we can’t contact you.  Locally, each month, we get an updated distribution list of our regional members.  Once you drop off that list we can’t let you know about all of our great events.  So we try to give you a gentle nudge to renew just before you disappear.  Don’t rely on me sending you an email though, i might put it off until later and then where will we be?

Longer Drive Outs

We aim to have one drive out event every quarter which is a little bit longer.  Usually it’ll be a full day, occasionally it’ll be two days.  Sign up via a Doodle Poll will be required to enable us to manage numbers.  For all of these drives you will need to plan ahead and arrive prepared.  Maps, SatNav, phones, coins, refreshments, etc etc.  Dates, times and routes will be published, but any bookings for accommodation, or Channel Crossings will need to be made by you.  It’s unreasonable to think that we’ll all be able to stick together and there is no pressure to do so.  Plan for getting lost beforehand, then it won’t ruin your day if it happens. The aim is for you to enjoy your Porsche and to return home with a story to tell and share.

 

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A Selection of Previous Events

Dine and Drive – Dover Tour October 2020

 

On Sunday 25th, a total of 15 completely different Porsches set off from the Faversham area in appalling weather.  The route took us on a wide variety of roads in East Kent.  We drove generally South, then East over a route of about 54 miles, ending up in Deal on the East Kent coast.  Despite the wet roads, everyone enjoyed the drive and as if it were a sign of approval, a massive rainbow arched overhead as we walked the final leg from Walmer to Deal.

 

Chris French in his beautiful 981 Boxster, followed by Steve Finnis in his immaculate and stealthy Cayman, which was recently featured in our club magazine ‘All Toque’

 

 August to Mid October 2020

We’ve been busy holding events and drive outs, but just haven’t found the time to update this page.  If you weren’t able to come along, we visited Brands Hatch for the Historic Masters event at the end of August.  In September we met for a Tyre Kicking Session at Bewel Water, where we enjoyed our cars in the sun and took advantage of the spectacular views over the reservoir.  Two weeks later, thanks to the effort and planning of Kevin and Graeme, we enjoyed a wonderful Drive Out from the Teal Cafe, Tonbridge, south to Beachy Head and Eastbourne.  September was a busy month for the region as, just a week later a number of us attended the exceptionally well planned and executed ‘Simply Porsche’ event at Beaulieu in Hampshire.  Restrictions led to a much different event than usual.  However, everyone adapted to the open spaces around each vehicle.  As a consequence, the car park of around 600 Porsches became the focal point allowing everyone to enjoy each others cars.  Virtually everything Porsche was represented, from Tractor to Taycan.

Despite having to Postpone our European Drive Out in October, we were able to hold our first Club Night for quite some time.  These are now held on the First Wednesday of each month.  We are delighted with the efforts made by both The Moody Mare and our members in ensuring we were able to enjoy the evening within social distancing guidelines.  A few days later, we were the guests of Bodiwork by Devey in Sevenoaks.  This is a brand new paint and body shop, sponsored by the former Dragons Den businesswoman Hilary Devey.  The facilities are spacious and modern, housed in a brand new unit.  Keep an eye out for more information about our visit in ‘All Torque’.

 

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Dungeness – Fish ‘n’ Chips & Tyre Kick – Thursday 6th August 2020

 

 

 

 

Making the most of the light summer evenings, we held a Fish and Chip / Tyre Kick at the Pilot Inn, Dungeness. We had a turnout of 13 Porsches, which for a midweek in a location which is at the extreme of our region, was very good.  Once again we had a lovely mix of cars including an air-cooled targa, two 928’s, and two GT3’s.  Lee Hebden brought along his 997 4S Cabriolet which featured in this months club magazine All Torque.  His article is well worth a read, particularly if you’ve ever fancied working on your own car.

Thank you to everyone who joined in, we know that some of you had changed your plans to be with us, whilst others had initial concerns about coming along.  As with all of our current events, members continue to be respectful of guidelines and the vulnerabilities of others.

(There are other images, but i forgot to resize them – sorry).

Hever Castle – Saturday 1st August 2020

 

George (in blue) proudly displaying his Targa.  During lockdown he carried out an extensive re-build to his Porsche, tackling jobs many of us wouldn’t have the skills or confidence to carry out.  It’s looking great – well done!

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Cooper had his immaculate 911 996 C4S Cab on display.  Thank you to him for the photographs of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hastings via Rye.  Drive Out Sunday 19th July 2020

 

 

We had a fantastic mix of Porsche metal for our drive down to Hastings via Rye.  Thirteen cars were lined up at the end, with only one early retirement, right at the very start for precautionary reasons.  We found a few coffee shops open and spread ourselves amongst them.  Thank you all for your company.

January 2020 Club Night – “Just the kind of help and support I wanted when I decided to join the

Club……”

 

This was a totally unsolicited comment made by one member to fellow regional club member Andy James, following Andy’s presentation at our January club night.  The topic was primarily about the on-line resources which are available to help find parts at affordable prices and ‘How to..’ information, which you may be pleased to know when deciding how to tackle a job on your own Porsche.  Andy told us that he had hardly ever done any work on cars prior to owning his first 911 996 a few years ago.  Since then he has owned and restored a 944 which has now been replaced with another 996.  This was not a formal presentation, but one in which members felt comfortable to share their own experiences and tips.  If you want to know more, we’ll be putting some of the resources on this page in the next few days.  However if you want the full experience, pop along to a club night and chat to Andy or a number of other members who will be able to help out.

 

December 2019 Club Night

 

We are grateful to OPC Tonbridge for inviting us to join them for our last Club Night of 2019.  We had a great evening looking over the new Porsches, whilst enjoying some great conversations with each other and the staff who had kindly given up their evening for us.  Vince and his team had laid on catering for us and it was impressive to see the full extent of the New Car display area which had been opened up only hours before our visit.  The team at Porsche Centre Tonbridge have maintained their high standards throughout the massive rebuilding programme, which must have been a challenge at times.

Thanks to all of the members who came along and special thanks to Andy James for these photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porsche Healthcare Check – Tonbridge OPC – August 2019

 

It was great to see so many of you taking up the invitation made by Porsche Tonbridge to have a FREE healthcare check on your Porsche cars.  Some of you hadn’t ever had the opportunity to walk around or under your cars with a Porsche Technician.  Often, in our day to day dealings with workshops we are separated from this experience.  However, the confidence you can get from this rare occasion is invaluable.  Thank your to all of the staff who welcomed us and looked after us throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.

 

 

First Club Night at The Moody Mare – Aug 2019

Thank you to all of you who turned out or sent messages of support when we moved to our new venue.  A warm summer evening saw at least 24 Porsches in the car park.  However the true number of cars was actually higher as some of you were unable to bring your Porsche.  Our function room was busy and noisy with members having a great time.

Being able to move around and talk has added to the enjoyment of the evening.  However, we will be adding to the experience as we also have the use of a built in projector and screen.  This will enable us to invite in guest speakers.  We have started the ball rolling with this, but if you or anyone you know has Porsche related content that the membership would enjoy, let us know.

 

 

 

 

Drive Out to The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum – Manston June 2019

We did this drive out last year and it was so well received, we put it into the diary for this year too.  In order to mix things up a bit we changed the start venue and the route.  We didn’t publish the details until a few days beforehand and there was no requirement to let us know whether you intended to come.  We met at the huge Tesco Store, just outside Ashford in Kent and took to the old A20 road.  The weather had been changeable and our group was understandably small, but at least i wasn’t alone.  We stopped of at a viewing point, fifteen minutes into the drive.

When i looked back at the photographs, i smiled to myself.  The drivers were stood with their backs to the panoramic views of the ‘Garden of England’ admiring each others cars!

The route we travelled was more rural than last year in some places, but the roads were relatively clear and progressive.  It was really enjoyable watching how each of the cars looked on the road and to listening to the deep sounds of acceleration, and the pops and crackles of the exhausts.  There is just something very special about joining together and driving in a convoy of Porsches.

Our actual driving time was a little under an hour.  At Manston, we had exclusive use of the Coach Car Park.  The Breakfast in the cafe was ok,  but it was very welcome after our drive.  There are two museums to enjoy.  One dedicated to the Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft and the other covers the history of the RAF at Manston airfield.  They are both worth a visit if you’re in the area.  You could easily spend three or four hours here, but having been for two years running we’ll probably give this one a break for next year.

If you fancy putting together a drive out of your own, for us to enjoy but you’re not sure how to go about it, drop us an email and we can help you set it up.

 

 

Flat Caps Tour of Yorkshire – June 2019

The summer of 2019 has set some records for high temperatures, but when it has rained, it has rained heavily.  Our tour to Yorkshire saw some heavy and persistent rain at times, but it didn’t dampen our spirits.  In fact, the changeable weather added a bit of drama to the rolling hills and this is probably how Yorkshire should be seen. For those of you who have never been ‘up North’, the scenery on the moors of North Yorkshire and The Dales, is something which every Porsche Enthusiast should experience.  This tour, organised by Sean Smallman, used his vast local knowledge to take us on rural routes and roads which allowed us to enjoy both our cars and that stunning scenery.

 

For three of the nights we based ourselves in the Cathedral City of York.  On our first night there, we enrolled on a walking Ghost Hunt of the city.  Our guide, dressed in period costume and carrying a ‘gladstone bag’ remained poker faced and in character while recounting fictional tales of ghoulish events.  Over a dozen of us were in fits of laughter for the better part of two hours and i couldn’t have wished to be with a better group of people to have enjoyed it with.

Kevin and Graeme were in their 2002 Porsche 911 (996) Turbo for its final tour while in their ownership. The scene above was typical of the roads we drove.  Prior to this photograph we had been stopped, admiring the view for ten minutes and barely another car had driven the same route.

 

At the Wensleydale Creamery, not only did we see Wallace and Gromit (well models of them) but another group of car enthusiasts too.  The creamery is set in the most beautiful countryside, high in the hills and it is well worth a visit.  Samples of every type of cheese were available to try.  There was a spacious cafe, factory tour and a shop with a great range of quality products and food.

Part of our group ended the six day tour in Holmfirth, the home of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.  Our hotel overlooked the famous ‘Sid’s Cafe’.  The weather by this time was so bad that we all decided to eat in the hotel, which was an absolute result.  The menu was typically Yorkshire, including Yorkshire Pud desserts.  The portion sizes would have satisfied any hungry farmer and the whole meal was divine.

Thanks to Sean for the huge amount of work he put into organising some outstanding driving roads, the destinations and the hotels.  Another fantastic trip.

 

 

 

Simply Porsche – Our Annual National Event – 2019

 

 

As almost all of you will know, Simply Porsche is our club’s National Event.  It is held on the first weekend in June every year at Beaulieu Motor Museum in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire.  For those of you who have never been before, this is approaching being the largest single day Porsche meeting in Europe.

This year the weather was unpredictable on the lead up to the event, but on the day it was pretty much perfect.  The sun shone but not so much that it was uncomfortable.  The Kent and South East London region had a good turnout and at least eight of our group assisted with handing out a copy of ‘All Torque’, our club magazine to participants.  They also helped guide club members to our exclusive parking area adjacent to the Show Ring.   There were other firsts for the event this year too.  The Porsche Enthusiast Club had a Marquee for the first time and because of it’s central location it was a great place to congregate, eat and mix with members from all regions.

 

 

In addition, a second, priority entry gate to the Estate was in operation.  This virtually eliminated the delays which we experienced last year.  Members from all regions enjoyed being able to park together in our allocated parking area, which despite its size was full within an hour of opening.  There was a huge selection of Porsches to look at and even though i didn’t get chance to photograph them, i don’t think i have ever seen such a large number of 928’s at any event.

 

 

One of my favourite Porsches, owned by David Lawrence is his 2.0 924.  Perhaps it brings back memories of my first Guards Red Porsche 924, but there aren’t many of these about anymore and to my eyes they have a style which is as good today as it was in 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This made me smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many Porsches which would have made it onto my wish list, but this 911 was just beautiful.  Maybe because it was parked in the unique position on the foot bridge into Beaulieu Motor Museum, but it certainly drew a lot of admiration.

 

 

I’m sure there will be a more comprehensive write up about Simply Porsche in the next issue of ‘All Torque’ magazine.  But once again, this years event offered so much to Porsche Enthusiasts.  Free entry to the motor museum, Beaulieu House and grounds.  There were also trade stands, mobile catering vans, and a proper cafe restaurant where you could sit comfortably.  If, as many did, you brought a picnic, there were sunny and shaded grassy areas in addition to our own Marquee with its own tables and chairs decked out in white linen.

Oh, and Ice Cream vans too!

 

 

 

 

Motorsport At The Palace – May 2019

 

Motorsport at the Palace is a Sprint Event held on a part of the historic motor racing circuit at Crystal Palace.  This is one of those events which is going to get a lot bigger.  It was well organised and we had plenty of space with really good facilities.  The event was run over the Sunday and Monday of the late May Bank holiday weekend.  Everything was easily accessible and there were plenty of places to get a good view of the sprint cars doing their thing.

 

 

Some people got very tired during the day! Obviously not Gill, she was just looking for something on the floor next to her chair.

 

The sprints were all watched over by ‘The Headless Statue’.  Spooky, but cool.

Marden Car Show – May 2019

 

Eight members with their Porsches attended this car show which was a great success.  I’m looking forward to meeting up with Clive and Nick Gow, to get some more details and hopefully some photo’s.  Members became aware of this event through our monthly club meeting and wanted to show support for it.  It took place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Thanks to Nick Gow for the above image, taken by Paul.  He has provided a couple of others which i will need to resize.  I was surprised at the amount of space there was and the diversity of the display.  It looks like a proper petrol head day out.

 

 

 

Detailing Day – May 2019

 

 

Well, you’ve got to start somewhere and car cleaning is very hard work!  It has to be said, Sean really does know how to make us all feel welcome.

 

This year, following requests from members, Sean set to work on the fabric roof of his 996 C4S.  Cleaning a soft top can be a bit daunting, but with time and some hard work it’s possible to get rid of the horrible green verdigris which can build up over time.  A small container of normal car cleaner and a soft clean paintbrush is all that is needed in most cases.  Gently working the bristles into the fabric to loosen the dirt, before rinsing it away.

 

 

 

Paul got to grips with the bodywork and wheels.  If you are looking for a good wheel cleaning fluid, ensure that it is a pH neutral one.  Some products rely on a mild acid which will clean the wheels, but can cause corrosion to centre hubs.  Here Paul is rinsing the wheel during cleaning and using a ‘Wheel Wooly’ which is a long handled sheepskin brush.

 

 

 

Richard G, was keen to try out the methods and products on the wheels of his Boxster and got some great results.  The Boxster was already looking good with its new fabric roof which he’d had upgraded with a glass rear window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Sean, for letting us come around to your place, use your facilities and to both you and Paul for showing us some of your car care tips. it was appreciated by all who were there.  Another great day.

CKL Developments – March 2019

For all of you who are car enthusiasts (all of you), this was an event which was on another level of wow!  Before i write any further, there are no photos yet, until we have spoken with CKL.  The company go to great lengths to ensure the safety and security of their customers and themselves.  To this end photo’s will only be posted with their prior agreement.

For this event most members from Kent and SE London met up at Maidstone Services and enjoyed coffee and a light breakfast before a convoy drive south to the Hastings area.  We were met by Nick Gow and Paul Greer who had gone ahead to prepare for our arrival.  Members of Surrey and Sussex region also joined us together with other members from Kent and SE London who made their way from different corners of the region.

CKL Developments are probably the world independent leaders in restoration and maintenance of Jaguar Racing and Sports Cars from the 1950s and 1960’s. Whilst this is their unique place in the automotive market, they also work on other makes of car.  Indeed during our visit there were other British and American sports cars on site.  The CEO gave us an overview of the business over hot drinks and biscuits at the start of our tour.  Rupert also revealed his shared passion for Porsche and revealed that his last car of that marque was a Porsche 997 Turbo.  CKL are more than happy to work on Porsche and their rates sounded very competitive.

The premises are a discreet industrial complex comprising a large unit and several smaller units, all of which are in use by CKL.  The main building houses the workshop which incorporates several dedicated areas.  These accommodate, component cleansing, engine rebuild, gearbox rebuild and many others specialist areas all of which were clear indicators of the care and dedication to detail which are used.  The panel beating and restoration area were a revelation.  Photographs of cars in various stages of rebuild showed cars fit only for a crusher having been pulled, stretched and manipulated back to original condition with period tools, re-using almost all of the original metal.

We were guided into some smaller buildings where club member after member gave out audible gasps as the vehicles inside came into view.  Each car, unique in its own way, either by limited build run or in it’s history.  I have never seen so many rare cars in one small space.  There was so much more to this visit than we have space for here, i just hope that we’ll get approval to post some photo’s.

A huge thank you to everyone at CKL Developments for inviting us into their world for the morning.  This visit would not have been possible without Nick Gow.  Many of you will know Nick as a regional member who attends most of our motoring based and driving events.  He not only suggested the visit, but organised everything, including the lunch venue. Thanks Nick.

 

 

Brands Hatch Winter Rally Stages – January 2019

 

Despite one weather forecast predicting sleet, the day stayed dry, if not a little chilly.  Nick Gow (red jacket and woolly hat) was fully engrossed in the stages as he watched on from a temporary grandstand.  This stage saw cars driving the wrong way along the pit straight, before racing along the pit lane itself.  The stages were well thought out, and very technical and involved using the circuit in an unconventional way.

What became clear during the day is that Rally Types definitely favour function over form.  There were no Sat Nav’s here, just the good old methods of drivers, passengers, maps and discussions!

I didn’t expect to see a Cayman as a Rally Car which, in this shot, is queuing for the co-driver to hand in the time sheet.  This is the start of the off road section to one of the eight stages.  The Cayman appeared to perform well apart from an altercation with a tyre barrier on the hairpin bend at the end of the pit lane. This removed the front number plate and remodelled the front bumper.

The start of another stage, as the red Ford Escort Mk2 complete with ‘Cossack’ period livery leads off.  From this spectator vantage point, the same car would be seen at least twice in this one lap.  Each stage comprised of several laps, with additional sections of track introduced throughout the stage.  Cars split and merged with each other making it a driver and map reader challenge.  Spectators were able to get caught up in the spectacle of leading drivers fighting for position with back markers.

A mallet, commonly referred to by Rally Types as the brakes!

The tube in the boot, also known by rallyists as the fuel gauge

The circular thing hanging from the rear view mirror, known by the rally lot as a steering wheel.

 

Christmas Party at Brands Hatch -2018

Our Christmas Party for 2018 was held at the world famous, Ex-F1 motor circuit, Brands Hatch.  Unfortunately, no-one enjoyed themselves at the Christmas Party.

As you can see in the picture above (left), George was not enjoying himself.  He appears to be holding the back of his head (possible headache) and his left hip, apparently in pain whilst the DJ played ‘Dancing Queen’.  Meanwhile, Paul was strutting his stuff in a very ‘BeeGees’ way, he was also not enjoying himself!

Whilst we all tucked into our three course meal we were entertained by dancers, dressed to reflect the Fire and Ice theme of the evening.  No-one enjoyed this as their costumes were brightly illuminated with colourful LED lights and distracting.  The dancers must have sensed the distraction this caused, as several minutes later most of their clothes fell off!  Almost all of the men in the room decided that they needed to complain about this and collected evidence on their mobile phone cameras.

An Italian waiter who was working his final shift at the event, was a complete fraudster.  This only became apparent when he burst into ‘Operatic Pop’ and began to serenade Jan Baker, with a professional rendition of ‘I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.  Strangely, Jan didn’t appear too upset by this.  Until that was, that he revealed that he was not Luigi from Luca, but Chris from Clapham!

Several members made their way up to the rooftop snug where the event hosts had set up a large Scalextric set.  This was clearly an oversight by the organisers as there was no way that fully grown adults were going to derive any pleasure from playing with kids toys.

Dave, Jim, Paul and George held on to the remote controls for the Scalextric set.  This was to ensure that they were available for any kids who might show up.  None of our members enjoyed this, but it was necessary which is why they spent so long in the room.

Obviously the events described above were true in every respect, except one thing.  Everyone had a great time.  The evening flew by.  The food and drink was plentiful and of a really good standard.  Rachel did a great job of organising this event and we thank her for that.  It was a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas and the regional events of 2018.

 

Paragon – Independent Porsche Specialist – October 2018

It’s undoubtedly true that if you want to enjoy your Porsche in the UK, the best time to do it is first thing on a Sunday morning.  Our visit to Paragon in Five Ashes, was one of those mornings.  The weather was glorious, starting with bright sunlight cutting through the occasional patches of low lying mist, developing into a full Indian summers day.

With members arriving from so many different parts of our region and the Southern Region, it wouldn’t have been feasible to have a convoy drive, but everyone made their own way and had a great drive to Paragon on relatively clear roads.

In a few weeks time we’ll be looking back on days like these and willing away the short, cold and dark days of winter.

Jamie and Jason at Paragon worked hard to get us set up with hot drinks and a continental breakfast, all of which was most welcome at 9.00am after a good drive.  They were most impressed with the the turnout of members and the variety of cars we brought along.  Steve’s 996 GT3 CS was a real head turner, although Jason at Paragon was very taken by Andy’s immaculate Guards Red 944.  Rich and i talked tyres, and as usual there was a great exchange of knowledge and experiences between everyone throughout the morning.

The showroom at Paragon is Porsche heaven, air cooled, water cooled, GT cars and RS, they’re all there.  I should have taken photos of some of the stock, but each time i was in the showroom i was drawn to a Silver 993 Targa and anyway, their photo’s are much better than mine.   Jamie and Jason inspire great confidence, they’re definitely people you feel you can do business with.

More members arrived as the morning progressed.  An elderly local lady resident (pictured far left) confided that her favourite car was Andy’s Panamera Turbo. “A nice family car”.  I told her it was an extremely fast family car, “Oh” she said, “I don’t mind that at all, very nice”

Thanks to Paragon for the invitation, and the hospitality, it was a lovely morning.  But also a huge thank you to all of you who came along, it makes organising these events very rewarding for Paul and the rest of us.  Hopefully we’ll see you again soon at Club Night.

Porsche Factory and Museum Visit – 2018

2018 marked 70 years of Porsche.  It was a strangely emotional feeling to take the Porsche home to the factory where it was ‘born’, especially in this anniversary year.  The level of planning put in by Club Chair Sean Smallman was self evident to those who took part.  If you’ve never visited the factory and museum in Stuttgart, i can highly recommend it.  We started our day with a factory tour.  It was just a few Euro’s and our guide spoke to us via a microphone directly into individually issued personal headphones.  No shouting, no crackling, and no loss of commentary – how very Porsche.  The tour was very informative and took us on a 3km walk taking in almost every aspect of production.  No camera’s (or phones) were allowed.  Suffice to say it was well worth doing.

At the museum, the impressive outside display was completely upstaged by the museum itself.  The image below is just the visitors car park!

The photo’s below are just a flavour of what there is to see.

John (foreground) and Sam taking a moment to absorb their surroundings.

Irish Green 1,000,000th 911 stands above an air cooled 911.

 

Festival of Porsche – 70yrs – Brands Hatch – Sept 2018

As a region, we are so fortunate to have a venue like Brands Hatch on our doorstep.  Although we hadn’t made this an organised visit, we were bumping into other club members from all regions, all day long. There were some stunning cars to be seen, both off and on the race circuit.

Below are some more images from the day……

There was plenty of enthusiastic racing and even some of the display parades were eventful.  Derek Bell was amongst the well known racing drivers present.  The seriously competitive and inspirational racing driver Nathalie McGloin, was let down by a brake issue on her Cayman and forced to retire for the day.  She wasn’t happy.  Another competitor took advantage of her down time and used Natalies trailer as a makeshift ramp to carry out repairs on his leaking 356.  Also at the event was Magnus Walker.  Described by one attendee, who didn’t know of him as ‘just a scruffy bloke’. Magnus is not only a self made man with one of the largest personal Porsche collections in the world, he is also a genuinely nice guy.  If you don’t know of him, look him up on You Tube.  Magnus is ‘marmite’ but you can’t knock his Porsche Enthusiasm.  He spoke to everyone who had queued to see him, gave out personalised posters and smiled for ‘selfies’ – nice guy.

Amongst the race track displays was one of the last appearances of the ultra successful Porsche 919, now in Tribute race trim with all of the restrictions removed.  What a truly awesome sight this car was, topping 192mph along the start/finish straight and probably one of the last times we’ll get to see it driven with that level of enthusiasm.

 

Whitstable Music and Classic Car Show

The weather could not have been better at this stunning coastal event.  Before we attended we were told that the event would stretch 800 metres from end to end.  There is little doubt that this was exceeded and there was an exceptionally diverse collection of vehicles to be seen.  Visitors and day trippers strolled along eating ice cream and strawberries, admiring the cars and talking to the owners.

Thank you to Matthew Stears and his brother who arrived early in one of the best examples of the Porsche 968 Club Sport you are ever likely to see.  They were given limited member details but managed to meet everyone and direct them to our pitch.  Unfortunately they had left before i managed to get photo’s of them and their car.

We had a prime sight looking out to sea, with the largest sea based wind farm in Europe  visible in the distance.  Amongst the wind turbines are two sets of ‘Red Sands’ WW2 Air Defences.  These were abandoned by the military in the early 1970’s and were put to use for a while by Pirate Radio stations.  (Kids ask your parents!).

Our Gazebo gave welcome shade and a place for the usual light hearted banter and Porsche talk.  We had several enquiries about the club with many people taking business cards and previous copies of ‘All Torque’, the club magazine, to get an idea of what the club has to offer.

A huge thank you to everyone who prepared their cars and came to the event .  We had 22 places in all.  We were joined by Ian Hutchinson from North Essex and a few independent owners came and joined us during the day.

It’s always great to see such a mix of great Porsche models.  The feedback we’ve had is that this is definitely an event you’d like to see on next years calendar.

John and Pat Cordingley needed the comfort of their Porsche 997 C2 seats for a short break.

Nigel Feddons’ 911 996 C2 and Paul Greers’ ceramic coated 911 997 C2S both looked stunning in the sunshine.

 

Porsche Dealership Healthcare Check – June 2018

The Official Porsche Centre (OPC) Tonbridge held a summer Healthcare Check for TIPEC Kent and SE London members starting at 09:00.  Three Porsche Technicians were on hand to check over our cars.  Each time slot was 40mins, which gave time for each car owner to get reassurance and advice directly from the technician, in the workshop.  At least three new members were able to take advantage of this service, which is kindly provided free of charge and without obligation.  Our Thanks to the Dealership Principal Vince and Service Manager Stewart at Tonbridge, together with all of their helpful team.

John had historically, been driving only  short distances.  Recently he had work carried out on his 944 by an Independent Specialist who had been recommended to him by fellow members at a club evening.  The confidence he gained after work had been carried out, allowed him to feel comfortable in driving his stunning guards red car to Le Mans.  Todays OPC Health Check has cemented his new found confidence in his car.

Lee has owned his 997 C4S since late in 2017. His Porsche is a great example of the model and was purchased with confidence from a specialist.  However there is nothing like having the ‘thumbs up’ from a technician who knows these cars.  Lee is seen here with fellow member Nick Gow in discussion with one of Tonbridge OPC’s top techs.

While the OPC team worked on Pauls gleaming 997, members spent time enjoying each others company over complimentary coffee and cakes.  New member Andy made a point of thanking people for being so welcoming, whilst another member said that he’d definitely made the right choice by joining TIPEC.

Bromley Motoring Pageant – June 2018

With the longest day of the year just a few days away, members converged on Norman Park, Bromley from all corners of the region.  The clouds were grey and while Sean paced the perimeter of the plot and directed Porsches to their display spot, it began to drizzle.  Everyone else piled in to collectively solve the rubics cube – otherwise know as erecting the gazebo.  Within 30 minutes our shelter was up, tea and coffee was being made and someone was cooking bacon butties!  The weather knew it was beaten and the rain receded, we were set for a great day.

This was an excellent day out and a strong showing from our region at, what is apparently, the largest static car show in Europe.

The perfect summer Porsche, the Boxster greeted visitors as they approached the Main Arena from the ‘single make’ field 

Nick Seagers’ resourceful ‘Bromley Crew’ formed a huge circle of picnic chairs by the gazebo.  The conversations were humorous and lively.  Halina surprised everyone when she handed around the most delicious homemade cake. Thank you.

The shows guest presenter was Sue Baker, who is a motoring journalist and former Top Gear presenter.  She was joined by Jimmy De Ville and Helen Stanley from the hugely popular TV programme Goblin Works Garage which features on Quest TV (a part of Discovery).  Completely unannounced they asked for Sean Smallman to take his eye-catching 964 Carrera S to the Main Arena.

Not one, but two 356’s belonging to Jay Breakwell and Tom Thompson.  The diversity of Porsche models on display by us at Bromley this year was impressive.  A true tribute to 2018 being the 70th year of Porsche.

Jimmy de Ville and Helen Stanley either side of Sean on our TIPEC Kent and South East London stand.  Jimmy revealed that he was pleased to visit our stand as he has a secret desire to own a Porsche Cayman

Steve’s immaculate and rare 968 Sport, sits alongside Charlies equally rare 924S

All credit to Nick Seager for liaising and organising this event.  There is no doubt that Sean’s display plan encouraged a large and positive footfall onto our plot.  However, this great display was largely down to the members who took part and who spent much time in preparation of their cars.  Thank you all.Chris Baker for planning the route.  This was a very British summer day drive out enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

Mille Miglia and Monaco Classic – May 2018

Here are a couple of holding images of this event. These were taken at the former F1 motor racing circuit at Reims in France, which was the starting point for this superb European tour organised by Sean.  More to follow.

A classic pit lane photo, this just has to be done!

A great line up of cars.  Nigel and Pat’s green 911 996 looks stunning in the sun light.

Sean’s 911 996 C4S Cab expertly packed and ready to go at Reims.

Returning to the cars after an afternoon coffee stop at the mountain top viewing point of Grand Ballon in the French Alps near Mulhouse.

 

Ireland September 2017 – Dublin – Belfast – Giants Causeway

September 2017 – A contingent of Kent and South East London TIPEC members met and drove in convoy through the home counties and the cotswolds into Wales.  Other TIPEC members joined the group en route and enjoyed five days driving the beautiful coastal roads in Ireland.

The Dark hedges as seen on TV in Game of Thrones

Some of us got lost in Ireland. Time to visit a local pub!

Visit to Cushenden Caves – another ‘Game of Thrones’ location

 

 

 

 

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