The Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition 2018 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 986 Boxster, a car that fundamentally shaped the Porsche business and brought a whole new generation of customers to the brand. When it launched in September 1996, the Porsche Boxster set new performance and safety standards in the open-top sports car market. The roadster combined the dynamic performance of a sports car with day-to-day usability.
This year’s competition requires us to locate and restore a Boxster S 986 model. In addition, we will have to prepare our Boxster S to compete in a dedicated, three-round Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship run by Porsche Club Great Britain. Harking back to the 924 Championship of the 1970s, the championship will see Centres race head-to-head at three of the UK's most iconic circuits.
Porsche Centre Guildford, in association with our Porsche Recommended Repairer, Premier Panel Skills, sourced a year 2000 registered 986 Boxster S. The car had just over 20,000 miles on the clock and was in great mechanical order so it was almost a shame to dismantle it. However, its low mileage and excellent condition will ensure it will perform competitively as a race car.
The first stage of the restoration was to strip the Boxster. In just six hours, the Boxster went from road ready to a bare shell.
The Boxster 986 will receive a number of enhancements before it hits the track, including a roll cage and racing livery. Discover the latest videos and photos of the transformation on the Porsche Centre Guildford Facebook page.Film time-lapse: Stage 1 of the 986 Restoracing project
The wildly painted Martini Racing's psychedelic long-tail Porsche 917 LH. Porsche Centre Guildford and Premier Panel Skills have chosen to replicate the iconic ‘Hippie’ Porsche 917 design onto our Boxster S.