The beautiful 7km (4.352 miles) Spa Francorchamps circuit is one place where the action never stops. It was less than 2 weeks ago that the iconic circuit which will be completing its centenary in just 3 years, was home to some incredible fire-breathing prototype and GT class cars going up the Raidillon. This time around, the circuit was flooded with cars from Stuttgart, mostly air-cooled, as Porsche Days 2017 commenced.
Porsche Days 2017, an event organised by the Porsche Club Francorchamps was held during the first weekend of June. It had everything from 2 full days of track sessions, a Porsche parade, exhibitions and a special curation of “Dream Cars” that consisted some of the rarest, most prized Porsches of all times. This specially curated section included legendary Porsche cars such as the original RUF CTR, the original Porsche 911 R, a 991 GT3 Cup, 997 GT3 Rally, 993 EVO GT2 and an Ex- Valery Botas 991 GT3 RS among many others. The exhibition also included a private collector’s 911 collection as well as a Porsche 934 that ran at the 1976 Le Mans. Not just that, there were also rally Porsches off which, one in particular had won the Belgian Rally Championship with Patrick Snijers.
One of the most impressive car at Porsche Days Francorchamps 2017 was by far the 996 GT2 RS, which is the only car of its kind in the entire world. This car was created by a crazy French bloke who wanted something that was absolutely hardcore and bespoke. The 996 has its chassis from a 996 Cup car, while the engine has been tuned to develop upwards of 550bhp. To make sure that the handling stays relevant, a limited slip differential was added from the 996 GT1 along with other performance upgrade. A truly bonkers car that you don’t get to see everyday.
For someone who is an admirer of Porsche cars, the Porsche Days at Francorchamps provides a wholesome experience where one can come across almost every Porsche model, right from the first air-cooled Porsche 356 all the way to the 991 GT3 RS, to the latest 991 models. This years gathering saw more than 450 Porsche cars participate at the Sunday Parade (while the record set 2 years ago of 700 cars still remains unbeaten). For the track sessions, which are organised according to the level of expertise of the drivers, saw some intense track battles of which one particularly awesome one was between a stripped-out 964 and a 997 GT3.