The second instalment of Porsches by the Lake had finally come round on the 17th of June. An event we very much enjoyed last year which you can read about elsewhere on this blog. The organisers had promised a bigger experience this year with more going on fully utilising the extent of the stunning grounds of Little Easton Manor.
We loved last year and this year was indeed levelled up but still keeping the same charming atmosphere from the previous event. We assumed it was probably to keep people leaving and arriving in a calm fashion but as you approached the venue there were smiling Marshalls waving and guiding you closer from nearly a mile away through the village, what a lovely start to the day. They were, true to form, still there on the way out too sending you slowly on your way, still smiling but with slightly sun kissed faces.
As soon as we parked up it was clear the event had grown and as promised the parking field on one side of the lake had a few additional choice traders, hand picked food and coffee stalls, conveniences and a 9werks
stage where Lee Sibbs
of Total 911 and 9Werks fame was putting in a sterling effort interviewing people about their cars for pretty much all day. Such a nice touch and the stage was broadcast at the farther end of the Manor grounds on a huge outdoor cinema style screen so you really felt you were in amongst the action wherever you were. Elsewhere there were more food and drink choices, a Porsche Classic stand and live music all day too completing the ambience.
There were some familiar faces and cars in the trade area, such as Ritchie and Karmann Konnection
with his lightest 911, PIE Performance
, Design 911
, TracTive Suspension
and more. It was also good to meet Lewis from Takona and purchase one of his limited edition tshirts. I had listened to his podcasts after seeing his logo everywhere and obviously approve of the awareness he raises for men’s mental health encouraging them to talk to each other more, something we’re all guilty of not doing enough. His clothing brand is the core releasing one off tshirt designs based on different areas of car culture with a percentage going to charity. Look him up at takona.co.uk
You can see for yourself that the cars on display were as good as last year if not better with different areas for different cars, RS, GT3s and a 25 year anniversary Boxster line up too which was cool, there was a classic 911 lineup, and a couple of gorgeous 356’s from Lux Classics
If you’ve followed any of the organisers on social media you can see the obvious attention to detail they put into the planning element as the show approaches, and it’s evident on the day. Curated is an odd and overused word especially when it comes to a car show, it’s not an art show, not pretentious at all. It’s just put together by a group of minds intertwined with each other with one common passion and that’s not curation, it’s understanding. Understanding what they themselves would like to see at an event, the hard work is getting everyone to turn up, where to place each element comes naturally, as they keep telling us, it’s run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and that what makes it. Don’t miss it next year, dates already announced. Enjoy the photos.
You can follow their main account on instagram here
and give these two a follow too as they head up the team with loads of event build-up info as well as good Porsche content through the year.