Porsche history on parade into Beaulieu

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1969 Porsche 917K from Steve McQueen's 'Le Mans' movie featured at 'Simply Porsche' show | National Motor Museum photos

Nearly 1,000 Porsches were on the grounds of Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu this past weekend for the Simply Porsche showcase. 

Supported by The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts’ Club, the seventh Simply Porsche rally presented examples from throughout the sports car maker’s production history, as well as vendor stands offering all sorts of parts, accessories, models and more. 

Perhaps the star of the event was the 1969 Porsche 917K from the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans.

Nearly 1,000 Porsches were on the museum grounds

Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite from among the Porsches on display. The winner of the People’s Choice award was a 1996 Porsche 996 Carrera 4 roadster owned by Simon Borg of Bristol. During his four years of ownership, Borg has changed the car’s color, added spoilers and had its engine rebuilt.

Runners-up were Mike Luff’s 2005 Porsche 997, bedecked in historic Rothmans racing livery, and Simon Ward’s 1987 911, all in black and outfitted with vintage bumpers.

Beaulieu’s next “Simply” car show is scheduled for June 15 when Volkswagens will be displayed on the museum grounds.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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