The Kingshead Klassik

October 10, 2016

The Kings Head Klassik

There’s something special about a first event, especially when your hosts are the Kings. With a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts Ritchie, Angela and their Karmann Konnection team worked hard throughout the day to fulfill their promise of a ‘grass roots’ event. The location of the picturesque village of Bradwell was the setting, on the recreation ground behind the village hall. The early morning drive up to Bradwell through twisty country lanes was the perfect start to what turned out to be a lovely event with an impressive turnout for such a newbie on the calendar.

The format was simple with a chronological line up of cars from early 356’s right up to the newest cars Porsche have to offer around the edge of the arena with some really interesting cars on display. It worked well as a rolling format and when early attendees headed off, their space in the line up was often filled by another car of the same age giving you plenty of variation through the day.

A swapmeet area with a wide range of parts on sale from some familiar faces with super rare Porsche items for sale as well as some general vintage items such as a WW2 searchlight, vintage luggage sets, period oil cans and accessories.

The day’s Entertainment was from DJ’s and live bands adding to the chilled atmosphere and the gourmet catering topped off the event perfectly with plenty of people picnicking, catching up, and meeting new people.

Obviously everyone was there for the cars and there was a diverse selection to peruse. Richard East responsible for the Kent based ‘Spring Drive’ group led a convoy of seven 356’s down to the show including his Prill powered 1963 slate grey SC with another 3 cars meeting at the show. His son Jeff’s clean 1956 Lago Green 356A in mild race spec with Carrera bumpers and hupcap delete was also in attendance along with Ollie Crosthwaite’s (of Crosthwaite and Gardiner) stunning red speedster complete with rudge knockoff wheels. It’s really worth taking a look at the beautifully turned out cars from this group.

One of the stand out 356’s of the day was the recently completed RHD Auratium Green ‘58 T2 Cabrio Robin Godfrey-Jones had driven all the way down from Nottingham with his entire swapmeet stall both in the car and on the rear luggage rack. And of course some of the cars from the Karmann Konnection stable were also there more than making up the numbers, with their 1956 speedster, and silver 58 356A showing off some of the nicest patina I’ve seen, not rust but faded and worn in the most natural way. Their freshly imported 1968 912 was one of a few mint 912’s on display nestled amongst some beautifully detailed 911’s of the same era, again I can’t stress how high the standard of attendees was.

And so the progression continued through the line up of years into the 70’s and 80’s with a Jagermeister liveried 914/6 race car, nearly every incarnation of 911 represented along with plenty of 944’s, 968’s ,924s and a couple of 930’s including a black 83 Turbo with the best number plate of the day WTF 930!

Wendy Atlee was there with her super cool newly acquired 81 SC with a factory fitted flat nose conversion, sporting a fresh set of 17” Braid wheels . A fine selection of G model, targas and coupes, SC’s, 964’s, 993’s right up to Caymans , Boxsters and a simply mind blowing concours condition 996 C4S, with a couple of ‘straight from the forecourt’ 991s finishing off this timeline of Porsche progression through the years.


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