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Three Porsche 356 sports cars

356 Spring Drive: A Nostalgic Country Jaunt with Porsche’s legendary icons

Forget daffodils, the scent of fresh tarmac and the rumble of a classic engine are the true harbingers of spring. The annual 356 Spring Drive route and date are locked in, and the prospect of a day spent carving through Kent and East Sussex B-roads in a pack of iconic Porsche 356s has my camera bag prepped, batteries charged, and navigation skills primed for an adventure.

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Porsche 911 Dakar

Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche

Early September saw the return of the popular Festival of Porsche at Brands Hatch. The festival provided another chance to celebrate all things Porsche during this 75th anniversary year of Porsche Cars and the 60th anniversary of the 911. In the true spirit of the marque, there was plenty of on-track action alongside all the static displays around the historic race circuit.

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Yellow Porsche 911 at Legends Drivers Club, Westerham Brewery

Beautiful Breakfast Brew with the Legends Drivers Club

This year’s final bank holiday Monday saw the Legends Drivers Club running another of their Breakfast Brew meet-ups at the Westerham Brewery. The thought of a lovely sunny morning drive, a chance to hang out, drink coffee and talk Porsche for a few hours, was too good to pass by.

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Image being taken of race car on digital camera

A Damp, Monochrome 2023 Festival of Speed

Returning to the Festival of Speed this year was a damp disappointment. Not just because of the weather but because something didn’t sit right with me. My last visit was in 2019, which I thoroughly enjoyed, like all my previous visits. After such a break, did I expect too much from the 30th edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed?

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Brightly coloured Porsches in Goodwood paddock

Flat Six

Last year’s inaugural FlatSix Show displayed a high standard through the images and reports which surfaced after the event, making it a definite on my calendar for this year. With all good intentions, the day was blocked out in my calendar, but for some reason, I hadn’t purchased a ticket. Two weeks before, I was still sat on the fence. It took a message from a good friend about an early morning B-road jaunt down to Goodwood before I committed and bought my ticket. With the meeting place agreed upon and time set for ‘oh-my-it’s-early’, another Porsche adventure was ahead of us.

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Type 3 Karmann Ghia Volkswagen at Käffer Nation 2023

Sizzling Sunshine, Vintage Volkswagens and Good Vibes

Following close on the heels of Lavenham, the Käffer Nation UK show provided another opportunity to indulge in the wonderful classic Volkswagen scene. With a very different approach, this event focuses on bringing together wonderful people and vehicles in the Surrey hills and caters for every taste, whether you like stock, custom or race cars. There were even a few hot rods and other classics squeezed into the stunning lakeside location, which even has a small sandy beach that adds to the cool vibes.

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Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Show

Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Show

Lavenham’s old, crooked buildings make for a visually spectacular backdrop on any day. Add to this a fantastic collection of vintage Volkswagens displayed in different areas of the mediaeval village, and the result is a ready-made photoshoot alongside one of the best displays of historic Volkswagens outside of Germany.

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Custom motorcycles

Bike Shed Show, Tobacco Dock, London 2023

The Bike Shed Show has become one of the most significant and diverse motorcycle events worldwide. This year, the show curated over 300 new custom motorcycles from all over the world. Add to that Shed Talks, live music, high-quality street food and drinks, multiple bars and lounges, gallery spaces, tattoo artists and a traditional barbershop. There were plenty of wheels, art, and adventure on offer.

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Light blue Ferrari on red carpet in Saville Row, London

Sartorial Elegance from the Concours on Savile Row

It’s hard to believe that this spectacular display of bespoke tailoring and sensational cars is only in its second year. Run by the wonderful Magneto magazine and its partners, this two-day event oozes elegance and sophistication. There’s plenty of glitz and glamour to get rolled up in. Sited in the middle of Mayfair, during the week, the Concours on Saville Row offers a visual feast of automotive and tailored elegance.

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