Porsche sets new 911 world record

1 August, 2013 | by Benedict Pather

To celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911, the German automaker invited enthusiasts to take their personal 911′s on a lap around Silverstone circuit in England this past weekend.

A total of 1,208 versions of the 911 packed the famous race track, setting a new world record for the largest 911 parade ever.

Mission accomplished, as they beat Ferrari’s 2012 record of 964 supercars on the Silverstone track.

The occasion also aimed to raise funds for the Hope for Tomorrow cancer organization as various Porsche personalities and thousands of spectators were in attendance.

Mark Porsche, son of the iconic 911 designer, Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche, got the proceedings under way.

Former Formula One race driver and Le Mans legend Derek Bell took part in the event. Joining him was Richard Attwood – who claimed victory for Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hour back in 1970 and incidentally, won his first major victory at the 1964 Rand 9 Hours race in South Africa.

What a sight to behold, as possibly every derivative of 911 lined up to create a colourful convoy. Famous models included the Carrera, RS, GT, Speedster and Turbo variants. A number of special edition models as well as rally versions of the 911 also featured in the procession.

Since it was first unleashed back in 1963 Porsche built over 820 000 911 models, making it the most successful sports car in the world.

 

     

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