Join us for a gathering to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the introduction to the world of the Porsche 356 Speedster.
The very first Porsche Speedster, chassis #80002, was unveiled by Max Hoffman at the Watkins Glen Seventh International Sports Car Grand Prix on Friday, September 17, 1954. The stripped-down, Signal Red sporting version of the Porsche 356 took first place in the Glen's Concours d'Elegance, cementing its legacy as the quintessential Porsche sports car. This is a distinction which it still holds today, now 70 years later.
The 70th anniversary of the historic moment when the Porsche Speedster was first introduced to the world will be celebrated where it began, at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival. On Friday, September 6, 2024, Porsche Speedsters and their owners from around the country will gather in the village to celebrate, and to partake in the festivities of the annual festival. Dedicated downtown parking has been arranged and a schedule of events will be planned including circuit laps around the historic Watkins Glen race course. The event is sponsored by Porsche Buffalo.
Friday, September 6, 2024
800N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen
All 3,676 of the original Porsche 356 Speedsters built between 1954 and 1958 are eligible to participate. Whether your Speedster is fully restored, a well-worn driver, or anything in between, it is welcome to join the celebration. We ask that you submit the VIN of your car along with a photograph when registering.
This is not a judged event, but 'People Choice' category awards will be presented based on spectator voting. An award for the Speedster that has travelled furthest to the event will also be given.
$145 Includes lunch for driver and guest, a commemorative grill badge and poster honoring the event, a commemorative bottle of bottle of wine, and two Cayuga Health System Laps of the old circuit. Additional Saturday events will also be announced, including a scenic group drive through the Finger Lakes region. This Saturday driving event will be open to all Porsche 356 coupes, cabriolets, and Speedsters interested in participating. Optional trailer and tow vehicle parking is available near the event site for an additional $25.
To enter by phone call Watkins Glen Promotions at: 607-535-3003, or Click Here[PDF] to print out an entry form. You can also fill in the form, save it and email to email@example.com. Please note that registration for all events is limited and events fill up fast, so don't delay your registration!
For more information, contact the event organizers:
Chad Comeau firstname.lastname@example.org or
Bruce Smith email@example.com
Many thanks to our generous sponsor Porsche Buffalo