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.
We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm at:-
Our Monthly Meeting Venue
**Currently Meetings are Virtual via Zoom
Log-in info is in your monthly update email**
Not a member, but want to join in? Email us for log-in details. You’ll be warmly welcomed.
The Moody Mare, Seven Mile Lane (B2016), Near Mereworth Village, Maidstone, Kent
Welcome to our region. We are an active group which aims to hold regular driving and other events, throughout the year. If you’re new to the region or are just looking to check us out, we’d encourage you to overcome any natural apprehension and make contact. The first event or meeting is always the most difficult, but we can almost guarantee that if you take that step, within a very short time, it will feel like home. We all look forward to meeting you.
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’) In fact, you can contact any region if you see something you’d like to do, which is in another area. All the contact details are in All Torque or on their regional page.
News and Information
Virtual Meetings are fun and helpful (see “A Selection of Previous Events’ below).
Our ‘Zoom’, virtual monthly meetings now follow a loose agenda. They’ll never replace a real face to face meeting, but they help keep us together from the comfort of our own homes. Following Introductions, we want to know what Porsche related news you’ve all come across. Have you got any OPC or Indy related news or experience? What have you done in your Porsche or what is your seasonal routine? Who have you discovered ‘online’ who is providing useful Porsche related help, advice or just entertainment? There is often a ‘just for fun’ quiz, then a free for all chat. Forget the rain, dark nights, and cold weather. Grab a nice warming drink and a comfy chair and join in. Meeting dates, times, themes and login details are sent out in the monthly newsletter via email. Top tip, the newsletter is more than one page long 😉
‘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 like the one shown below. If you have a story to share, send it over to Tony – details are in the magazine.
Driving Events – GPS
When we plan a route for our local drives, we do it on Garmin Base Camp. The routes are sent out by email a few days in advance of a drive for download onto your own device. In addition to the GPX file for Garmin users, we can also provide a KML file should you want one. On the day of the drive, we’ll aim to arrange drivers into smaller ‘drive buddy’ groups. That way, you’ll always have visual contact with someone else in your group regardless of traffic conditions.
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.
A Selection of Previous Events
On Sunday 24th January 2021 we held a Zoom Meeting – Virtual Car Show. We were all invited to make a short video of our Porsche. The suggested duration was between one and three minutes. There were no other guidelines which was great because it didn’t restrict anyone. The content is refreshingly different in each case and really enjoyable to watch. In addition to those who entered videos, a number of other members joined in, some for the entire meeting, others for part of it. After the meeting the links to the videos were published onto our FaceBook page and members have commented and emailed us to say that they’ve enjoyed them. After each screening, conversations took place about a wide variety of maintenance topics. As always it was useful to have a pen and paper handy to note the names of suggested suppliers, repairers and restorers. We are looking forward to making more of this type of content. Below are links to some of the video entries.
Sean’s – 911 Speedster
Andy Farrow – 911 SC (As seen in the regional Devey Bodiwork feature of ‘All Torque’ – Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 issue).
Andy James – 911 (996.1) Carrera 2
Nick Hughes – 911 (996) Carrera 4
Graeme Browse – 911 (997) GT3
Grant Feddon 911 (997) Carrera 4S
Stuart’s 911 (996) Carrera 4S
John McGillicuddy – 944
Steve Furness – Mini Mayfair Restoration
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.
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’.
Dungeness – Fish ‘n’ Chips & Tyre Kick – Thursday 6th August 2020
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paragon – Independent Porsche Specialist – October 2018
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 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.
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……
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.
A classic pit lane photo, this just has to be done!
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.
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
Not a member yet, but want to join? Click here. You won’t regret it and we look forward to welcoming you.
Thank you for visiting The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TIPEC), Kent and South East London Region.