Porsche racing cars featured at Rennsport Collective’s inaugural showcase

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Historic Porsche racing cars on display at Donington Hall in England | Rennsport Collective photos

The Rennsport Collective is a British-based “non-traditional members club for enthusiasts of Porsche motorsport vehicles old and new” and recently it held its inaugural car show at Donington Hall in Leicestershire.

The group said the event presented “perhaps the finest collection of motorsport-inspired Porsches ever assembled in one place in the UK.”

Organizers were particularly pleased that more than 80 significant Porsches were displayed despite “the changeable weather.”

Elegant setting for exciting cars

‘The Rennsport Collective is more of a movement than a club,” said founder Paul Geudon. “It’s forged around a shared love for Porsche racing cars.

“Bringing the Collective’s cars to one fantastic location, and sharing them with such passionate and like-minded fans was a real privilege.”

Members brought cars not only from the UK but from the European continent as well. Among those cars were the Playstation-liveried 911 GT1 Evo, the Skoal Bandit 956, James Hunt’s RHD Carrera RS 3.0, and a Gulf Porsche 917, as well as a Tour de France 911 S/T and the first Porsche 911 race car, which won its class in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally.

Porsche road cars displayed ranged from a Carrera GT to a 918 Spyder and a 991 GT2 RS to a 933 Carrera RS.

All cars on the grounds revved their engines and paraded around the Donington Hall perimeter roads at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

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Before the show, collective members were given time to “exercise” their cars on the Donington Park racing circuit in a track-day setting. 

“I’m really proud of what the Collective has achieved today,” said Nick Trott, former editor of two British car magazines. “Too many significant racing and road cars are tucked away in private collections but that’s not the spirit of this group. They like nothing more than getting their cars out and engaging with fans of the marque.”

Plans call for the show to become an annual event.

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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 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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