Porsche Centre Guildford in association with Premier Panel Skills are delighted to announce that they have been crowned the overall winners of the 2016 Classic Restoration Competition, taking home the top accolade from the Silverstone Classic event.
Over the past eight months the classic restoration team has worked tirelessly to bring the much neglected 968 Club Sport back to its original state. The transformation from the condition the car was found in to the finished product has been a truly fascinating journey, and the 968 Club Sport is once again a stunning Porsche car. A huge congratulations to all our staff and Premier Panel Skills for achieving this phenomenal success.
The competition encourages official Porsche Centres from around the UK to bring an unloved Porsche car back from the brink. While the last two years have focused on 911 models, the theme of the 2016 competition celebrated ‘40 years at the front’, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first ‘transaxle’ car from Porsche, the 924.
Last year’s competition, the Turbo and Targa Restoration challenge, saw Porsche Centre Guildford and Premier Panel Skills take home the Body and Paint Restoration award for the 911 Carrera 2 Targa 1990. This year the classic restoration team set their sights on doing even better.
The 2016 competition featured a fleet of icons from the transaxle era including the 924, 928, 944 and 968. Our entry, the fully restored 968 Club Sport had to beat the highest calibre of competition with all of the front engine Porsche car entries fully restored to immaculate condition.
Iain Gibbs, Aftersales Manager of Porsche Centre Guildford, and Ian Wallis, Director of Premier Panel Skills, were presented the award by legendary former racing driver and Le Mans winner, Jürgen Barth.
Ian Wallis, Director of Premier Panel Skill said “We are delighted to have won the overall prize in the Porsche National Restoration Competition 2016 in conjunction with Porsche Centre Guildford. A huge thanks to all our staff and Porsche Guildford for their effort towards this fantastic achievement!”
Iain Gibbs, Aftersales Manager of Porsche Centre Guildford said “The transformation has been remarkable. The overall prize is a huge testament to the capability, dedication and specialist knowledge of the teams at Porsche Centre Guildford and Premier Panel Skills."
The 968 Club Sport will now join the other front-engine classic restoration entries for a parade lap around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit in Germany.
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