50 Years of Porsche 911 on Parade

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beautiful and trend-setting Porsche 911 series.  First introduced at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 911 has been the baseline against which all other “achievable” sports cars have been measured.   Now, representatives of nearly every Porsche 911 type made since then will be taking the Silverstone Classic circuit in homage to the icon.


Appearing at a time when American muscle was dominating the affordable sports car scene, the Porsche brought German engineering and European road handling to millions of drivers over those five decades.  Still selling strong, the 911 continues on in its inter-generational journey of greatness.

On July 28, a parade of 911 Porsche 911’s will pull onto the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit  to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the evergreen sportscar.  Some of the most famous models from Porsche’s past, including 911 race track builds, street models, and one-of-a-kind special builds will be there.  The on-track pageant will be headlined by winners of race and rally.


The event is sponsored by the Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic.  Nick Hine, Chairman of Porsche Club GB added: “Achieving 911, Porsche 911s on track at Silverstone all at the same time, initially seemed an ambitious target. However, there has been strong interest from 911 owners from all over the world and we already have nearly 400 confirmed participants. Fifty years of 911 evolution, combined with famous drivers from Porsche’s illustrious racing history taking part, mean that the fight for pole position at Silverstone, has never been quite so strong!”

Dubbed the 911 x 911 Parade, the event will raise funds for the Hope for Tomorrow cancer charity.  If the event goes as planned, then a new world’s record could be set as well.  In 2010, the Silverstone Classics circuit had 767 Jaguar E-Types on the track for that car’s fiftieth anniversary and set a Guinness World Record.  Last year, Ferrari had 60 scarlet F40s on the Silverstone to celebrate 25 years of that supercar.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.