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Competition: Win a place in the Porsche cavalcade at Le Mans

As soon as the chequered flag falls in the WEC at Spa this weekend, all focus will immediately turn towards the showpiece next round in the form of the 24 hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of the motor racing calendar.

The decorated enduro ensures a festival of motorsport arrives in the north-west of France throughout the week of the race, with a host of events taking place for petrolheads to ensure the journey makes for an occasion to remember.

The Classic British Welcome car festival has formed a key part of these events for the past 14 years and has rapidly become one of the highlights of the Le Mans week. Today, it is a meeting point for some 8,000 visitors and around 1,000 classic and sports cars from all over Europe and continues to introduce new attractions each year.

The town of Saint Saturnin, the home of the Classic British Welcome, is a very active village on the main approaches to Le Mans, situated 8 miles north of the Le Mans 24 hour Circuit and less than 10 minutes from the city centre.

All eyes will be on the 919 at Le Mans this year, and you can be a part of the Weissach celebrations by winning a place in the Porsche cavalcade before the race.

Held on the Friday before the big race, this year the theme of the festival is Porsche, with Jurgen Barth confirmed as the VIP guest among a throng of notable race-bred cars of the past on display including a Le Mans winning Porsche 917. Entry to the event is free and all Porsche owners will be able to park their car in a designated Porsche area for others to admire.

However, one of the highlights of the event is the departure at 16h00 of 12 cars representing the Porsche theme to take part in the ‘Grand Parade des Pilotes’ in the centre of Le Mans, and Total 911 is offering one lucky winner a spot in this prestigious cavalcade.

To be in with a chance of winning a place for your Porsche in the parade, simply answer the following question:

Who is the VIP Porsche guest for the 2014 Classic British Welcome?

Email your answer to [email protected] with ‘Le Mans’ in the subject line by Tuesday 6th May. We’ll also need your full name and exact model of Porsche to qualify.

More information on the event can be found via www.classicbw.org. Good luck!

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78 SC HR -SPEEDHUNTERS SHOOT

78 SC HR Back in ACH for an upcoming SPEEDHUNTERS article shot bey the talented Larry chen

 
 
 
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Actualité : Porsche 921 Vision : la 928 en filigrane

En 1977, Porsche dévoile une nouvelle GT emblématique, la 928. Seulement, après une longue carrière, la firme allemande n’a pas donné de suite à…
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Un designer français rêve la prochaine 928

Anthony Colard n’est pas manchot du coup de crayon. En plus, il rêve de travailler chez Porsche. Alors plutôt que d’envoyer un banal CV au …
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Tail of the Dragon, North Carolina, USA

Nearing the Dragon,I climbed out of North Carolina and into Tennessee to an elevation of 1,756 feet at Deal’s Gap. 11 miles long and packed with over 300 curves, the ‘Tail of the Dragon’ is one of the most technical roads I’ve ever driven.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m scared of the driving dynamics of an old 911, and the road’s technicality unnerved me at times. Taking advantage of the plethora of sweeping banked turns and quick dips and dives can prove difficult if you don’t have a wealth of experience at the wheel of such a car. I wanted to push my own 911 harder, but never had the chance in the circumstances.

The problem with the Tail of the Dragon, you see, is that it is filled with traffic. If you ever find yourself in a post-apocalyptic America, the route from Deal’s Gap may in fact be one of the most challenging roads on Earth, but until then it’s hard to think of it as anything more than a tourist trap, rife with opportunities to get yourself into trouble with cyclists or pedestrians.

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The Tail of the Dragon is often touted as the best road in America, although there are other great roads for enthusiasts in the area too, should you wish to venture off course.

Approximately two hours south from Deal’s Gap, you’ll find the Unicoi Turnpike in Helen, GA, as one such example. West is Highway 348 and Gainesville Highway, and some more of the best roads I’ve ever personally driven on unravel once more, offering everything Deal’s Gap may not be able to provide on a busy day. Quiet and untravelled, they twist around on themselves.

Essential info Location: Deal’s Gap, North Carolina Latitude: 35.4910N/839400W Length of drive: 11 miles Points of interest: Tail of the Dragon, State Parks, Miles upon miles of good roads Food and accommodation: Tapoco Lodge Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort

The scenery, if you dare to look, is beautiful. I learned a lot about my car on those roads, and the 911 chassis handles better than I’m willing to push it. I did drive some of these roads in a pretty dedicated manner, but didn’t need to push too hard to get the best from car or road.

Looking back, I can see that I missed even more great driving roads. I didn’t think to pull out my phone; I was too busy enjoying the absence of radio and cruise control in the twists and turns of North Carolina.

What’s your great driving road? Upload your own route and share it with driving enthusiasts the world over.

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