Porsche Club Great Britain hosts 43rd International Porsche 356 Meeting
Place to be for the 43rd International Porsche 356 Meeting was Hanbury Manor Ware in the UK, some 15 miles north of London. The participants of the International Porsche 356 meeting waited a great surprise at the Hanbury Manor Hotel. The hotel is a converted late-Victorian country house that’s on the National Heritage List for England. When entering the driveway, visitors were welcomed by no less than 3 Porsche Gmünd.
Friday, all participants had a delicious English breakfast, and headed to Heddingham Castle. Some of the participants stopped at the renowned Porsche classic dealer Lee Maxted-Page. For those familiar with Porsche events in the UK, Hedingham Castle is the place where the Porsches at the Castle takes place. All were welcomed by descendants of the original owners of the Castle, that dates back to the late 11th century.
Next to a splendid lunch, all visitors were treated by a mediaval spectacle at the meadows in front of Hedingham Castle. The day ended with a dinner in the Hatfield House, where another surprise waited. Former Porsche racer and 6 times Le Mans 24H winner Jacky Ickx gave a presentation about his racing career, even though that was well beyond the Porsche 356 era. Moderator at service was Bob Garretson, regular visitor of the International Porsche 356 Meetings, and 1981 Daytona 24H winner.
Saturday, goal of the trip was Wethersfield M.O.D Base, where the driving skills of the participants in their Porsche 356 were tested. Jacky Ickx enjoyed the slalom with a broad smile, meanwhile autographing pictures, books and memorabilia. At night, all participants were spoiled again with a delicious gala and awards dinner at the Duxforld Imperial War Museum.
Picture Gallery 43rd International Porsche 356 Meeting
Pictures courtesy of Henrik Moulds & Paul-Robert Smith