Oilcooled, Boxengasse’s “celebration of Porsche’s air-cooled evolution. Bringing together the like-minded, easy-going, and devil may care camaraderie of air-cooled Porsche culture and heritage” took place over two days in late August.
Boxengasse is located on Langford Lane in Bicester, an easy 45-minute drive from West London and must be one of the most picturesque venues for a motoring event. I’d be doing this event a disservice by calling it a ‘car meet’. It is much more than that.
It IS a celebration of air-cooled Porsches and at this event, air-cooled Porsches are the stars, the guests of honour. Even the mighty Carrera GT was relegated to the water-cooled car park behind the air-cooled Porsche display. Porsche 911 (991) Speedster? Porsche 911 GT3/GT3 RS? Pah! Into the water-cooled car park. I arrived in my 911 (991.1) GT3 RS and I was directed to the water-cooled car park, and I have never been happier to be treated as a second-class citizen.
I’m actually surprised they let a Porsche Taycan in. Surely, that car should have been refused entry?
Turn up in a car not produced in Zuffenhausen, and you will have to walk even further.
I think a celebration of air-cooled Porsches is totally justified. The last air-cooled Porsche left the Zuffenhausen factory in 1998, marking the end of an era. It is increasingly hard to find good air-cooled Porsches in original condition and, every year that passes, more of them are modified and ‘backdated’ or ‘reimagined’ beyond recognition.
This is not a bad thing in itself and the workmanship and craftsmanship required for some of these 911 creations are simply out of this world. Some of these cars are better and faster than the originals they are based on, so it is hard to argue about the point of these types of cars.
There were a few such cars on display along with incredibly rare and original air-cooled examples of the marque. The water-cooled brigade was also out in force, almost refusing to accept their support role on this particular day.
Many Cool Porsches
I took pictures all day as there were too many gorgeous cars to drool over and photograph. I continued taking pictures long after most had left as the area is just….beautiful. There are 50 pictures in the gallery above, and I had a huge struggle selecting only fifty pictures.
I’m just grateful that this event took place safely in these COVID-19 times, and, for a few hours on that Sunday, I was able to lose myself in air-cooled heaven in the company of Frank and many other good people.
It was a good ‘air-cooled’ day.
‘Till the next time.
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