New Classes for 2023 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge
Porsche is celebrating their 75th year and expanding the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge this year. The competition is open to US-based Porsche dealerships and now contains three categories: Preservation, Restoration, or Individualization.
This is the third year Porsche is holding the Restoration Challenge and it offers the best Porsche dealerships an opportunity to showcase their best Porsche-trained mechanics. This year more than 60 dealerships are expected to compete.
The Preservation category is exactly what it seems – retaining original parts, essentially improving it mechanically but not a full frame-off restoration. The Restoration category is open to cars that are undergoing full-scale restorations, the end result of which should be a like-new Porsche.
The third category, Individualization, is where Porsche’s technicians can get creative. Cars in this category are still required to use genuine Porsche parts, but the cars can be centered on a specific style or feature that doesn’t correspond with the car’s original configuration.
As there are now three categories, there will be three overall champions. The finals will be held at Rennsport Reunion 7, the world’s largest Porsche fan gathering. It will be held September 28 – October 1 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which is where the three winners will be selected and awarded.
The competition begins now and scoring will continue through mid-August, at which time entries from three different regions – East, South-Central, and West – will be judged at one of three events. Each region will have a winner in all three categories, leading to a showcase of nine passionately crafted cars on display at Rennsport Reunion 7.
New models eligible for the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge in 2023 are the Ty[e 987 Boxster and Cayman, as well as the Type 997 911. This expands the range of eligible cars to cover six generations of the 911, the 356 and 914 models, classic transaxle models such as the 944 and 928, as well as the more modern classics that include the Boxster, Cayman, and first-generation Cayenne. All entries must begin their lives as production street-legal vehicles.
Porsche will also be celebrating 60 years of the iconic 911 in 2023 and a new stand-alone Porsche Classic facility has started accepting vehicles from customers as of January 2023. The new facility is located at Porsche’s Atlanta headquarters and is part of a $50 million expansion.