This year marks the 40th anniversary of Porsche’s 924, a model we MotorPunks are rather fond of, and so we could hardly refuse an invitation from the owners club to attend their shindig at the Porsche centre at Silverstone.

Cars from all over Europe attended; Germans, Romanians and French, but the first one that caught our eye was the back to front example engineered by some Dutch loonies. We love it. The 924 was originally designed by a Dutchman, Harm Lagaay, I wonder what he would of made of this?

And then indoors for something a bit more conventional, multiple winner at Le Mans Derek Bell’s 924 GT. He took this car as payment from Porsche and famously avoided the import taxes on it when the officer mistook it for a less saucy model;

These kind of meets are always a good excuse for a natter and Porsche laid on an excellent three course lunch, which everyone managed to keep down when they then enjoyed some time on the handling circuit outside, culminating on the skidpad. Great fun, and never as easy as it looks…

porsche driving experience skidpan at silverstone (1)

Cars had come from as far afield as Romania to attend, well over 100 came. The 924 is an interesting car, no longer a budget banger these cars are being enjoyed for the true classics they really are. Such a mix of models attended! Some here were full time racers, others trackslags, then pristine examples of rarities and examples of turbos and Le Mans issues, for example. The 924 had a relatively long production run (and saved Porsche from bankruptcy) and so they are owned by all types of enthusiast.

But what of Porsche today? They’ll never make an entry level model like this again, regardless of their closer association with VW. In the carpark round the back was a behemoth of a diesel Cayenne, in the most fashionable of specs, white with black wheels. This is what today’s market demands, but it lacks the delicate grace and handling fun of simple cars like the 924. The 928 owner chased us up the A43 on the way home before, inevitably, stopping for fuel. Another car no longer made by Porsche and another firm favourite of ours, particularly in that mad colour!

Wikipedia will give you the stats here, and GT Porsche mag will share further pictures of the day, subscribe here. If you’ve not dipped your toe into classic Porsche ownership now’s the time to do so. Waste an afternoon browsing the classifieds here, here and here and join us in saying happy birthday Porsche 924.

porsche 924 at silverstone (4)

If you like Porsches of this era you might like our stories on the Panamera’s Dad, the hot chocolate 928 for sale and twenty months with a 968. Our film about classic water-cooled Porsches will be out on CBS’s Carfection channel soon. Honest!

Pics and words and that; Duisberg.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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