Family-friendly extravaganza on 3 December at Warwickshire Event Centre
Displays include 962 and 963 racers, plus over 40 cars spanning Porsche’s 75-year history
Q&A sessions with famous names including John Watson, Richard Attwood, John Fitzpatrick and Mike Wilds
Live music, trade stands and Santa ‘meet and greet’ – all indoors!
The perfect way for enthusiasts of all ages to kick off the festive season
With less than two weeks to go, more star cars, great names and family entertainment have been confirmed for ‘A Porsche Christmas’. Porsche Club GB’s end-of-year extravaganza will take place on Sunday 3 December at Warwickshire Event Centre near Royal Leamington Spa, and is set to be a festive celebration that the whole family can enjoy
The largest Porsche event of the season will include some of the most iconic racing cars from the marque’s past and present history. The 956 and 962 was a mainstay of the 1980s Group C era, both for the factory team and numerous privateers. Between them, they won the Le Mans 24 Hours seven times, as well as winning numerous World Sportscar Championships and the 962 won the Daytona 24 hrs five times too. The car that will be on display at ‘A Porsche Christmas’ is the last of the six works examples produced in the iconic Rothmans livery; the #17 car driven by German ace Hans Stuck and five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell, which was also the #18 car on pole at Le Mans in 1987, with Jochen Mass and Bob Wollek and was later the #19 works 962 shared by the Andrettis in the stunning Shell Dunlop livery at Le Mans in 1988. Sound confusing?
The story is told in breathtaking detail within the award winning Ultimate Works 956 and 962 book sets: https://www.historicgroupc.com/38/historic-group-c-books with copies available for signing at the event.
Be sure to check out the award winning Ultimate Works 956 and 962 book sets. Over 30 years in the making, with unique access to Porsche's archives, the period teams and driver. Copies will be available for signing at the event.
Also on display will be a Hertz Team JOTA Porsche 963 – Porsche’s latest contender in the top-level Hypercar category in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA series. British squad Hertz Team JOTA has run a 963 in this year’s WEC with drivers António Félix da Costa, Will Stevens and Ye Yifei, finishing 4th and less than a second behind third place after 8hrs racing in the final round of the season in Bahrain.
The spectacular sports-racers will be joined by a specially curated display of 45 road and racing cars spanning Porsche’s 75-year history, from a rare and significant 356 to mid-engined cars, transaxles models and of course 911s – the feature display for which will include examples of every Turbo, RS and GT model. There will also be a very rare 924 Carrera GTS, current 911s such as the Sport Classic, GT2 RS MR and Dakar, plus competition cars such as the ferocious 3.0 RSR and GT3 Cup.
Outside, meanwhile, there will be space for 2,000 Porsches, meaning that it will even be worthwhile taking a trip around the car park!
Back inside, a roster of guest speakers will be taking part in a series of Q&A sessions with motorsport commentator Alan Hyde. The star names include former Formula 1 driver John Watson, sportscar driver and team manager John Fitzpatrick, Mike Wilds, Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, all of which will be taking part in autograph sessions. Plus guests will have the opportunity to meet Gus Burton and Porsche Club Boxster Cup Champion Jonny Lovell.
One of the UK’s most popular and versatile racing drivers, Mike Wilds, will be signing copies of his book Life on the Wild Side, and author Jon Saltinstall will be doing a talk about Jacky Ickx. Saltinstall has recently published a complete competition history that details every event in which the legendary Belgian appeared. Produced with Ickx’s full co-operation, the book is packed with previously untold stories and anecdotes.
‘Ask the Experts’ sessions with Lockton, Oracle and Pirelli will provide expert advice on Porsche ownership, including what to look out for when buying secondhand, plus investments and depreciation trends.
Visitors can get Christmas wrapped up thanks to an entire hall dedicated to an array of more than 35 trade stands, featuring everything from automotive books and valeting products to Le Mans package holidays, track-day experiences and whisky-tasting gift sets. They also won’t want to miss out on the family-friendly festivities that make ‘A Porsche Christmas’ such a special event for enthusiasts of all ages, including free ‘meet and greet’ sessions with Santa Clause, the Grinch and even a Santa saxophonist.
And that’s not all, because they can get further into the festive spirit with a host of Christmas market stalls and delicious treats. There will be the chance for some friendly intra-family competition on the Pirelli E Simulators, while the main-stage entertainment will include award-winning West End singer Miss Em performing Christmas classics.
10.30am A Jackie Ickx talk by Jon Saltinstall
11.30am Mike Wilds ‘Life on the Wild Side’
12.noon ‘Ask the Experts’ session with Lockton, Oracle and Pirelli
1.00pm John Fitzpatrick & Richard Attwood
1.30pm OOO Magazine launch with Richard Meaden and Henry Pearman
2.30pm John Watson
Personal Chat & Autograph Sessions
11.00am Jon Saltinstall signing copies of the Jackie Ickx book
12.30pm Mike Wilds signing copies of his award-winning book ‘On the Wilds Side’
2.00pm Drivers John Watson, Richard Attwood and John Fitzpatrick
3.00pm Meet Gus Burton and Porsche Clup Boxter Cup Champion Jonny Lovell
Free Children’s Entertainment
Santa Sleigh ‘Meet and Greet' at: 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm
Enjoy a special meet and greet with Santa where kids of all ages can hop on board his sleigh for a memorable takeaway polaroid!
Our jolly Elf will help children write and post their letters to Santa
Watch out for the mischievous Grinch and the Santa Saxophonist too.
Test your driving skills on the Pirelli E Simulators for some inter family gaming competition.
Date: Sunday 3 December 2023
Times: 10am – 5pm
Event Location: Warwickshire Event Centre, The Fosse, Leamington Spa, CV31 1FE
Admission Tickets: Tickets cost £18 for Porsche Club GB members or £25 per person for non-members).
Free entry for children aged under 16.
Admission includes all talks, entertainment, and Santa Claus visit.
Children under 16 years old go free