Welcome to the Northwest Region’s bit of the internet.
Our members’ cars cover the full history and spectrum of Porsche cars, rear engine, mid-engine transaxle and electric from 356 to 992, Macan, Cayenne, Panamera and Taycan, via Boxster and Cayman.
The region is run by a voluntary committee, Gordon, Malcolm and Steve, who took over the reins of the region in March 2023. We have a number of events already planned, as well as some in development for later in the year. If you do join in you will find that food nearly always has a place in our events, whether it’s a “Chippy Tea”, Breakfast Meet, or a drive out with a lunch stop, very often in stunning scenery.
We are a friendly group and prospective members are more than welcome to come and meet us at our monthly club night and chat on our Facebook page, North West Region – Porsche Enthusiasts Club | Facebook to see what we are all about.
Join for Club Night on the 2nd Monday of every month.
With effect from Monday April 10th 2023 we meet at The Hartwood Hall, Preston Road, Chorley PR6 7AX. This new venue has a large carpark to the rear of the building, which is overlooked by the area that will be reserved for us. The pub is just a few hundred yards, or metres if you prefer, from Junction 8 of the M61, making it, in travelling time terms, right at the heart of our region. Join us from 7pm to grab a drink, a bite to eat or just chat cars. There will be a club update from 8pm.
Regional Organising Committee: Steve Milnes, Malcolm Edwards and Gordon Parker
What we have been up to
We are not the best at keeping the webpage up to date and do use our Facebook page as our prime communication tool, coupled with a, normally, monthly newsletter to all of our card-carrying members. As such we thought that we would just use this page to give you an idea of what we have got up to in 2023, which will give an idea of the sort of events we will be doing next year.
Sunday 16th April saw twenty-one Porsches grace the carpark of The Heritage Café at Salmsbury Hall, whilst the thirty five attendees enjoyed a hearty breakfast. This was followed by a scenic run up to The Crook O’Lune picnic site, after which even more food was sought out – a big thank you to Richard and Diane for organising this first event of 2023.
On Friday 12th May Porsche Centre Bolton very kindly invited local Blyton Blast participants to bring their cars along for a complimentary pre-track Vehicle Health Check. The good news is that is that all our cars are good to go, even your scribe’s 944 that last saw an OPC workshop in 1996! They also arranged for the plinth beside the sign to be available for photos.
Saturday 20th May saw a number of North West cars take to the track at Blyton Park. The George Inn at Kirton provided excellent hospitality and accommodation on the Friday night, so our reputation as a foodie club with a serious sports car problem continued. The mix of cars on the day was eclectic, with 911s from every decade since the 1970s, 924, 944 and 968 waving the flag for the Transaxles as well as nearly every model variant of Boxster and Cayman. However, our own Dave Crozier proved that although his Panamera is a large estate car, it proved it was a large estate car designed by Porsche, with the performance of something far lighter and agile.
Bank Holiday Sunday was time for a trip to The Ancient Oak, with 15 Porsches on the carpark 25 people tucked into a hearty brunch, followed by a run over to Knott End for coffee, although I’m sure some fish and chips and/or ice-cream will have been consumed. A big thank you to Richard and Diane for once again organising a successful morning out.
Friday 16th saw a great turnout at Auction Eats, Garstang, with around 15 cars and thirty people eating great Italian food and generally putting the world to rights. This is another massive thank you, this time to Simon Snowdon, for putting this one together.
In to June and the 8th, 9th and 10th of the month saw all of our local OPCs mark the company’s 75th anniversary in different ways, I know that many of us were lucky enough to be invited to these events and the committee took the time to write and thank Bolton and Preston for their events, whilst our friends in South Lakes & Cumbria region did so on the club’s behalf to South Lakes.
On Sunday 18th June, the Region returned to the Lytham Green Car Show. The sun shone and the cars looked great at this fund-raising event for Rosemere Cancer Foundation and next year’s event is already pencilled in the diary.
The following Sunday 15 Porsches and 27 members set off on the Longest Day – Coast to Coast run. There were simultaneous departures from Banks and Lytham, on either side of the Ribble Estuary, with Billy Bob’s Diner as our breakfast stop. From Billy Bob’s it was A and B roads to Goathland in the heart of the North Yorkshire moors. Despite it being 15 years since the village last doubled for Aidensfield, much of the set dressing for TV’s Heartbeat still remains.
From Goathland it was a gentle run to our destination, Whitby’s historic Abbey. Parked on the green outside the Abbey we were a mere 199 steps from the hustle and bustle of this vibrant seaside town.
The journey home was at your own pace, with an alternative route back that incorporated some excellent, well sighted roads for an enjoyable bit of driving.
Moving in to July, Sunday 2nd and the polishing cloths were out again as we visited the Leighton Hall Classic and Performance Car Show, along with our neighbours and friends of South Lakes and Cumbria Region.
A great day was had by all at the show, but the less said about the traffic conditions both on the way there and also on our return the better – this was when the M6 spent most of the day closed, after a milk tanker had an unexpected urge to visit the motorway’s central barrier.
Hot on the heels of the month’s club night sixteen of us were out eating again, this time at Banny’s Restaurant in Colne. With members attending from around the region there was no “run out”, with instead the cars and their owners making their own ways from across the North West to the venue.
The food was excellent, with much talking and world putting to right being done.
What better way to spend a slightly moist Tuesday morning, on the 25th, than putting smiles on people’s faces. Around twenty cars and drivers took up Mission Motorsport’s challenge of a Porsche only track day at Three Sisters, Ashton in Makerfield for the veterans and their families that the charity supports. Although the circuit is only small it was superbly marshalled and the configuration was changed after lunch to give a whole new experience for both drivers and passengers. With models ranging from 944 to Panamera, air and water-cooled flat sixes, the whole spectrum of club member’s cars were on show and being driven as they were designed to be.
I’m not too sure who had the biggest smiles on the day, our drivers or the service users and their families, but there is a provisional date in the diary for August next year.
In August a dozen of us visited The Wheel Specialist at Barrow Brook, near Clitheroe. Eddie, who runs the franchise with his wife Caroline, gave us a thorough insight into the world of wheels and their refinishing. They are hoping to open a second site in the Blackpool area later this year or very early in 2024, which will give them coverage of most of our region. Additionally, they are offering a 10% discount to all card-carrying members of the club. Please note that this discount is only applicable at the Clitheroe branch and its sister site when that opens.
There was then an optional run out to Gisburn, via Dunsop Bridge – the Geographic Centre of Great Britain – and over Pendle Hill, following part of the route taken by the Pendle Witches to Trial in Lancaster. Our final destination was Hindelini’s, where we slowly regrouped and enjoyed a mix of light lunches, coffee and cake.
On first Saturday of September 18 club cars and around 30 members, partners and friends visited Tom Hardman’s showroom and car storage facility. Malcolm was rather glad that he had checked the location out before leading a group of cars from our Starbucks meeting point, because you do appear to be driving down a lane that appears to lead into a farmyard.
The tour around the buildings was fascinating and for those looking for secure, temperature and humidity-controlled storage for their cars a phone call to Taylor or Tom at Tom Hardman’s could give you an answer at a surprisingly fair price.
After a good browse around, with time for breakfast and coffee, we hit the road for a circuitous, leisurely scenic drive through The Trough of Bowland and, for those who hadn’t had enough to eat earlier, to our endpoint at Hamish’s café in Blacko.
Eight days later and the region was on the road again, for our Lakes Drive. Lakes was quite an apt title, although the first part of the run from the Tickled Trout to Damson Dene was dry, the later part of the day featured rain of biblical proportions.
The great weather continued for Club Night the following evening.! Between us we can’t remember a Club Night since we moved to The Hartwood Hall where the weather has been dry, so we do appreciate the efforts made by so many to attend. Indeed, numbers have been steadily growing since we moved and it has been great to welcome some new faces as well as some old ones too.
Carrying on a busy few days Porsche wise and Tuesday 12th saw Porsche Centre Preston host their 60th Birthday event for the 911.
As ever the hospitality from the team at Preston was second to none and a great evening was had by all.
Finally, Sunday 17th saw our annual Pride of Ownership return to Jasmine Porschalink in Nelson. Sadly, two of our judges could not make the day, due to an overrunning contract in London, so Matthew McGavock, SL&C Committee member was joined by his friend and Pro-detailer Craig in the judging. We had over 35 gleaming cars and around sixty-five members with their partners, children and dogs attending, your scribe knows that Peanut had a great time. Whilst many owners were shy and didn’t enter the concourse part of the day, every Porsche in attendance was in with a chance of winning the Visitor’s Choice award.
Third place went to Stephen’s 944, not a bad result for a first visit to a club event. Paul’s 3.2 Cabriolet was runner up – as well as getting into every presentation photo. Rick’s SC Targa took the top spot, much to his and Harry’s delight and surprise, as well as getting in the newsletter twice. Whilst the concourse marks were close, there was a clear winner in the, voted for by the attendees, Visitor’s Choice, which went to Brian’s 997 Turbo.
As well as their trophies, with brand new ones this year for the concourse, each winner went home with a bottle of fizz to celebrate their efforts.
As ever with this Food Club, with a Serious Sports Car Problem we had an excellent buffet lunch courtesy of The Kabin, Barrowford.
We would like to add a written thank you to Christopher, Jonny, Emma Louise, James, Jake et al at Jasmine Porschalink for hosting us once again.