Sunday 14th August saw the annual scenic Tour of the East Midlands take place, starting at Porsche Centre Leicester. Run by Porsche Club Great Britain's Region 8, the event is annually sponsored by Porsche Centre Leicester, where guests were provided with hot drinks and breakfast at the start, and a two-course meal at the finish at Kilworth Springs Golf Club, Leicestershire.
The organising team led by Adrian Ancliffe has planned a route of 125 miles taking entrants on rural roads through the picturesque villages and lanes of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. The tour has no competitive element and is intended as an opportunity to discover some of the lesser known parts of the East Midlands.
Thanks to the generosity from entrants and Porsche Centre Leicester, last year we were able to make a donation to The Royal British Legion of £524. This year we are hoping to make a donation, in memory of Kerry Fisher, to the local Air Ambulance Service, one of her preferred charities.
One model of particular interest which was bought in on the day was a Porsche 356, a luxury sports car which was Porsche's first production automobile.
The 356 is a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel drive two-door sports car available in hardtop coupé and open configurations. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. Of the 76,000 originally produced, approximately half survive, and we were lucky enough to see a stunning example at the TOTEM Event.