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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Report: Porscheforum.nl Meeting "911stedentocht"

The province of Friesland in the north of Holland was the scene for the first "911stedentocht". Porscheforum.nl organised the meeting for the first time and allowed around 100 cars. The tour went through the cities of the "Elfstedentocht", an ice skating tour which passes eleven cities. The day started in the capital of the northern province, Leeuwarden. Everybody's alarm went off early in the morning but it was all definately worth it when we arrived at the start of the tour, the Campanile hotel. Ofcourse we were present during the entire day to report on this event.

06.30, time to get up and get dressed. After a quick sandwich and some coffee we got in the car and drove to Leeuwarden. It took us about an hour so that wasn't too bad. Upon arrival at the Campanile hotel we immediately saw that the parking lot was absolutely packed with beautiful cars. It was so cool to see al those classic cars together. The parking lot wasn't only filled with cars, there were tons of people as well. Around nine the organisation held a little briefing for all the drivers and informed us about the tour. The 911stedentocht was going to be 215 kilometer thru fields, small roads and along lakes. All cars left at 9 but not before a picture of their car was taken.

For us, the first stop was the IJlst checkpoint. From the start, it was a 24 kilometer drive to the first checkpoint. This is where all the cars had to pass to in order to get a stamp on their card. There were a number of checkpoints and challenges. One of the challenges was to get the same amount of fuel as the age of the car. So if you had a car from 2002, you had to get 20.02 liters of fuel. One of the finest last-minute-cars was the 997 GT3 RS which belongs to my favorite Porsche collector in the Netherlands. This beautiful grey/orange car is a true racing machine. The owner uses it quite frequently on the track. I would like to thank the guys who drove it for revving the engine, it sounded great!

We continued to Hindeloopen. Just like IJlst, Hindeloopen was one of the eleven cities in the famous ice skating competition. Unfortunately this competition couldn't be held every year because the ice had to have a certain thickness. The last "Eleven-cities-ice-skating-competition" was held in 1997. Now, 10 years later we do it again but this time with the Porsche 911. Anyway, we arrived in the township of Hindeloopen. The town is situated at the Southern Sea, nowadays called the "IJsselmeer". Only 870 people live here and the Porsches drove thru the entire city. We waited for them near the dyke, just before they entered Hindeloopen.

After Hindeloopen we drove to Workum to get some lunch and see all the cars lined up so the photographers were able to take pictures from a crane and get some nice shots. We stayed in Workum for a couple of hours and filmed the moment when all cars left for the cities Harlingen and Franeker. We drove straight to Harlingen to wait for the cars to arrive at the roundabout just a few hundred meters from the train station. I felt we missed half the group because the cars were already arriving when we arrived and we even took the highway! Ah well, we made it and took some nice shots on the roundabout before leaving for our pre-final stop, Dokkum.

Time to leave. We wanted to see the cars arrive in Dokkum. We drove though Dokkum and searched for a nice spot to photograph the cars. We weren't that familiar there so it was quite difficult to find a nice spot if you don't know where the hotspots are. Our next stop was going to be our final stop for the day, before heading out to McDonalds to get some dinner. Porscheforum.nl booked seats at a local restaurant just outside Leeuwarden. The parking was packed with Porsches! Many people who were passing by stopped to have a look at what was going on!

I'd like to thank those who organised and participated it for an amazing day! If your Porsche is not in this article, please send me an email by using the address on top of this website or to reply in the comments section.

Porsche Meeting 911stedentocht


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