Over 1,200 Porsche 911 sports cars paraded through the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on July 28, 2013, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic coupe. The original plan was to parade at least 911 Porsche 911s, but the target number was almost immediately exceeded when the celebrations were disclosed.
Due to deluge of interested parties wanting to join the event, an incredible 1,208 examples of the Porsche 911 were packed by the Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic into the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. This breathtaking spectacle was led by a number of famous Porsche personalities while tens of thousands of fans looked on.
Among them are Mark Porsche, son of 911 designer Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche and great-grandson of the founder Ferdinand Porsche as well as a number of the sports carmakers iconic racing drivers.
Famous Porsche drivers who joined the parade were former F1 driver and five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell MBE; victor of the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours, Richard Attwood; and legendary and racer John Fitzpatrick.
What made the parade a great spectacle it was were Porsche owners and enthusiasts who brought in almost every possible derivative of 911, both from the past and the present: Carrera, RS, RSR, GT, Speedster, Targa and Turbo variants. The parade also featured a number of unique race and rally versions of the 911. The event at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, a record number, raised funds for the Hope for Tomorrow cancer charity.
“Of course, the 911 means a great deal to me as it’s my father’s big design and it will always have a special place in my heart,” said Mark Porsche. “It’s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I'm very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I can’t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.” [source: Porsche]