Work continues apace on our exciting new showroom and expanded Service department as we enter the New Year. Obviously we are fully open for business in both sales and service, and you're very welcome to pop in for a coffee of you'd like to see how progress is going!
Our beautiful 1968 short wheelbase 911S features in Total 911 magazine this month, with Kyle Fortune driving a long road test to Beachy Head in Sussex. 'The First Performance 911' article explains the history of the 911S and the fact that this car was one of the last of the short wheelbase models.
We hosted a breakfast morning for the Kent & Sussex region of TIPEC (The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club). Bacon and sausage rolls and freshly squeezed orange juice were served and a good number of members attended with their beautiful cars.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is as well known for its much loved undulating layout as it is for changeable weather conditions. At the 2016 Spa Classic, the track certainly lived up to its reputation with lovely spring conditions on Friday, followed by the odd hail shower on Saturday and Sunday.
Headlining the Spa Classic were the pair of Group C races run on Sunday. The star cars in the field were the Jaguar XJR-14 of Christophe d'Ansembourg, the Peugeot 905 of Dominique Guenat and the Porsche 962 of Mark Sumpter. It was most likely the first time these were pitched against each other since the 1991 World Championship and it was certainly the first time a Peugeot 905 was ever run at Spa. Unfortunately an incident in the second qualifying prevent the Peugeot from starting in the races. The XJR-14 did survive qualifying with d'Ansembourg setting the fastest time ahead of Mark Sumpter in the ultimate development of the works Porsche 962Cs.
Christophe d'Ansembourg had a great start but then made a mistake coming onto the straight and crashed into the wall. The damage was sufficient to prompt a retirement. The lead was taken over by Sumpter, who was in a close fight with Erwin France in a another 962C. After the pit-stops, Pierre-Alain France had taken over from his son and could not keep up with Sumpter. Ultimately he was also passed by Robin Ward in his Spice SE90C. The XJR-14 could not be repaired, so the results of the second race were virtually identical with Sumpter again winning from Ward and the Frances.
The Sussex region of the Porsche Club Great Britain joined us for breakfast on the 15th of May bringing an amazing selection of new and old Porsche models. The weather was great and the bacon & sausage sandwiches went down well! Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sussex Air Ambulance during the visit.
Jim Dennis has been a qualified vehicle technician for 11 years and is a classic Porsche & Volkswagen enthusiast.
He brings a wealth of experience to our busy service team and we're delighted to welcome him on board!
Mark is just back from a brilliant weekend with friends and colleagues in the Porsche world where they tried their hands at driving on lake ice courtesy of the team at Below Zero Ice Driving. The lake lies at a latitude of 63 degrees north, 6km from Kall in Sweden and the ice usually reaches about a metre deep.
It was a real challenge - but above all terrific fun with a variety of courses to drive in competition prepared 911s. All those who went would thoroughly recommend the experience!
John Day, a long term Paragon customer was recently at Brands Hatch for a track day in his Paragon supplied and modified GT3 when the instructor mentioned that someone was rather keen on a passenger ride.
Surprisingly, this keen passenger turned out to be artist Zoe Webster who really enjoyed the flying laps with John and as a gesture sent him this rather splendid painting of his GT3 going through the Paddock Hill Bend!
41 years after Giorgio Schön and Giovanni Borri raced their Porsche 3.0 RSR in the 1974 Paul Ricard 1000 Kms, the very same car was back there to race in the Peter Auto Classic Endurance Series. RSR chassis 911 460 9074 has a significant period racing history in the 1974-1975 World Manufacturers Championship and is one only 54 genuine examples built by the Porsche racing department and delivered during the period.
The car was co-driven by BRDC member Mark Sumpter of Paragon Porsche and Lee Maxted-Page. Several other original cars from the 1974 1000 kms were also entered at the same meeting, together with both Jürgen Barth and Gerrard Larrousse, still doing what they do best, in a magnificent Porsche 917/10 and Porsche 908 Longtail.
We would like to thank all our customers and everyone that voted for us. It means a lot to the whole Paragon team to be recognised this way.
Held at the premises of Hexagon in Finchley, a full house of Porsche enthusiasts enjoyed a great evening hosted by Henry Hope-Frost which included an insightful and amusing chat and Q&A with the winner of Porsche Personality of the year Nick Tandy.
We would also like to thank all of the people that were involved with the organisation and running of what was a truly wonderful event.
With 50 members attending, and Mark & Jamie cooking locally sourced sausages and burgers, it was as ever a great success.
We look forward to welcoming them all back soon for future events!
It was great seeing friends old and new from the Porsche community and the successful event was capped with the Coys Auction of classic Porsche. A great day that we can thoroughly recommend. We'll see you there next year!
We'll be there with some of our classic Porsche and we'll be driving up in convoy on the Sunday morning - so you may see us on route!
To complete the picture is the gorgeous 997 Speedster that we supplied last year - kindly loaned and driven by the current owner especially for the shoot. The Sussex coastal scenery (as ever) made it the perfect location for the shoot by Daniel Pullen.
At just 6 years old, Freddie is already following in his dad's footsteps.
Adrian Slater has raced with Paragon for many years and must be very proud of this amazing accomplishment.
We're looking forward to future successes for Freddie in his karting career.
Our favourite photographer James Lipman was back with us for a couple of days to capture some more images to use across our website and print media. Aside from some photography around the workshop we also spent a day on Ashdown Forest with some of our favourite stock. We were blessed with amazing weather and we'll be featuring some of his work here soon!
The Sussex Region of the Porsche Owners Club arrived here at Paragon on Saturday 16th May for their annual breakfast event. There were over 30 Porsche of all styles, types and ages of with 50 people attending, which kept Jamie busy making the bacon rolls!
The convoy of two 356 Speedsters, a pair of 356 Roadsters and a beautiful selection of coupes and cabriolets made the best of the Kent & Sussex roads and the beautiful weather too!
This month's Total 911 magazine features an in-depth article about Paragon and how the business has developed over the last 22 years.
Written by Neill Watson, it also looks at current market trends and has an interview with our very own Pete Twyman about running a busy Porsche service department.
Also in this issue is a great feature about the 'Top 30' most collectable 911s.
Billy Monger took his maiden victory in a predictably close-fought Ginetta Junior Championship opener around the tight and twisty Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
“I’m over the moon,” said Billy. “It was a tough race from the start. I managed to get through to second at the start and after that, I couldn’t break away with the tow, so I had to defend for my life. I’ve come out on top and it’s a great way to start the season.
Our very own Mark Sumpter will be taking part in this amazing race.
A field of around 30 pre-1965 2.0 litre short-wheelbase cars will compete for the John Aldington Trophy – named after the man who founded Porsche Cars Great Britain.
Mark has good form at Goodwood in early 911s. You can see how he handles the track with this cockpit video featured on the Goodwood website.
Steve Wright from Classic Porsche magazine had the enviable task of a spin out into the Sussex countryside in our classic 1957 356 Speedster.
Driving down to Goodwood, it's obvious that this restoration by Jim Shoh is as close to perfect as it's possible to get, and the car handles the road condiitions and stays watertight in some very grotty weather at the end of the day.
Porsche Club Great Britain had a strong showing at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 14th-16th November 2014.
A selection of classic Porsche were featured including the Paragon/Baylis & Harding 1965 2.0 litre 911 which was an obvious hit judging by the response on social media.
The beautiful restoration and 'in period' graphics meant there was always a crowd around it - even with so much competition at the show!
We had a fantastic day out at the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche on the 21st September, with the Paragon showroom shutting for the day and the team travelling up in convoy in some of our current sales stock
With loads of attention from the the public, we spent much of the day talking about the cars, in particular the 356 A Speedster which attracted lots of attention. Visitors also loved the 993 Carrera RS and the rather striking GT3.
Our very own Mark Sumpter and Adrian Slater from Baylis & Harding were racing in the Porsche Club Championship, with close fought battles all the way
As usual it was Jamie's legendary bacon rolls, fresh orange juice, coffee and biscuits all round, and some mutual admiration of both owners and Paragon cars.
The highlight for them was undoubtedly the red 356 A Speedster which attracted a lot of admiration.
This month, 911 & Porsche World magazine carries an in-depth feature on Paragon written by Brett Fraser.
911 & Porsche World last visited us nearly ten years ago, and the focus of the article is on how our business has developed.
At Paragon. we are fortunate enough to acquire good examples of the 993 on a fairly regular basis.
At the moment however we are feeling particularly pleased with what we have in stock - two beautiful 911 Turbo examples and a 993 Carrera RS.
We're delighted to announce that Barrett Sutherland has joined Paragon as our Porsche Parts Specialist. He'll be looking after all aspects of our parts operation and working closely with Pete Twyman, our Service Manager.
Derek Bell will return to compete alongside Paragon's Mark Sumpter in the Group C Historic support race which takes place ahead of the main Le Mans 24 hours race at the iconic French circuit in June.
Mark Sumpter joined the local members of the 356 Register on the 14th May for their annual Spring Drive, taking these beautiful original Porsche around the country roads and lanes in what turned out to be glorious sunshine.
Billy Monger has new sponsors for his first campaign in cars - including Paragon Porsche.
The 14-year-old made the step up from karting to the Ginetta Junior Championship for 2014, and had the new livery proudly on display for the first time at Donington Park over the Easter weekend.
After more years than she would probably care to remember (it's over 20) Brenda has finally decided to retire and enjoy more time with her husband Colin, who has recenly retired from Eagle E-Types as well.
There was a fine send off in the showroom on Thursday 10th April where staff, friends and customers enjoyed a bite to eat and a drink or two.
Our beautiful Guards Red 997 GT3 features strongly in Total 911 magazine this month.
The 3,000 mile example is the star of the the eight page buyers guide written by Chris Randa. This great guide gives buying tips, specifications and specialist and owners views. It also also features some superb studio shots done by Phil Steinhardt.
We're delighted to announce that we're now the agents for Fuchs Wheel in the South East. So if you're looking to marry the ultimate wheel to the ultimate car - give Pete Twyman a call on 01825 830424.
We're continuing to see a strong interest and growing demand for air-cooled 911s from new and existing customers here at Paragon. In fact we've sold five really splendid examples just in October alone.
The Paragon supplied, fully restored 1973 2.7 RS and our very own GT1 feature heavily in the December 2013 issue of Total 911 magazine.
We're delighted to announce that Pete Twyman has moved over to be Service Manager at Paragon, he is taking over from Mick Clare, who has moved on to pastures new - quite literally. James Leaney has joined Paragon to handle the parts side of things.
Three cars from Paragon are heavily featured in Total 911 magazine this month, with some spectacular photography up at Beachy Head showing them to their best advantage.
This weekend saw a good showing from Paragon, Saturday evening featured Mark Sumpter and Adrian Slater racing in their fantastic 1965 2.0 litre 911 in the Piper Heidsieck International Trophy exclusively for Pre-66 GT cars.
We're happy to announce that you can now follow our racing season and learn more about the Paragon Racing Team with our new video series!
We're delighted to announce that Goronwy Owen has joined the busy Paragon Service team. With over thirty years experience - the last ten at an Official Porsche Dealer - he brings a real wealth of experience to the team.
We've just been fortunate enough to source (and immediately sell) our first 911 Speedster - bought new and owned by Jensen Button. One of just 356 cars made, with 22 coming to the UK, the 911 Speedster is a very special car indeed.
Comparing and contrasting the service you can expect from an independent versus a Porsche Main Dealer, the article by Joel Newman features some excellent photography by Phil Steinhardt - and came to some pleasing conclusions...
The magazine has chosen Paragon as being one of the leading and most respected Independent Porsche Specialists in the UK. The aim of the article is to compare and contrast using a Main Porsche Dealer for service work as against an independent specialist.
Paragon Porsche racing cars feature heavily in the February issue of GT Porsche Magazine. Mark Sumpter's first ever racing Porsche, a 3.2 is pitched against his current 964 Carrera 2 at Brands Hatch.
It's always gratifying when the people who really know Porsche choose Paragon. Phillip Tyrrell was for nearly 20 years the Service Manager at AFN Isleworth.He came to Paragon to acquire our 1979 930 911 Turbo, and looking through the history of the car it turned out that he had stamped and signed the book during his time at AFN!
On Sunday the 18th of November we supported the Charity Race day at Snetterton race circuit near Norwich with Mark Sumpter spending the day taking passengers for 'hot laps' in our Porsche 911 race car helping to raise £40,795!
Lee Maxted-Page and Mark Sumpter raced Lee's historic 1964 Porsche 901. After qualifying well Lee Maxted-Page and Mark Sumpter knew that they had a very good chance of a class podium.
2011 Porsche Club Champion, Mark Sumpter who is also leading the 2012 championship, will miss the final and deciding round of this year’s championship at Silverstone in September.
Paragon’s Mark Sumpter once more showed his mastery of the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire taking both wins as the Porsche Club Championship visited on August Bank Holiday Monday – exactly as he had in 2011 in the series.
Fifty three years after it was made, this gorgeous 356A Cabriolet had made an epic 1,700 mile journey down to the South of France without missing a beat.
It was a great weekend for Paragon’s Mark Sumpter as the Porsche Club Championship visited Oulton Park in Cheshire for the second time this season.
We were very pleased to welcome TIPEC to Paragon on Saturday 25th August where aside from refreshments and the famous 'JamieTyler Bacon Rolls' they also enjoyed seeing our Porsche stock and service facilities.
Andy Purdie upheld Paragon honour in the Porsche Club Championship's pair of races at Donington Park on Saturday June 30th taking two podium finishes, with team regular Mark Sumpter not racing.
A first for those involved (including Mark Sumpter, who has raced pretty much every other sort of Porsche), Snetterton was the venue for the Autosport 3 hour endurance race, and a beautiful 356 A was the vehicle of choice.
Our Polar Silver 911 GT2 Features in this months 911 & Porsche World. Photographed in a studio the car stars in their 996 GT2 buyers guide.
We're pleased to announce that our rather fine 930 Turbo is the cover star of this months GT Porsche magazine.
A successful Oulton Park raceday for rounds three and four of the 2012 Porsche Club Championship saw two wins for Paragon’s Mark Sumpter on Saturday June 2nd, while team-mate Andy Purdie took fourth in the opening race before retiring from the second.
We're delighted to welcome Kees Deacon and Danny Smith to Paragon, who will be working in Sales & Preparation respectively.
Paragon duo Mark Sumpter and Andy Purdie contested the opening two rounds of the 2012 Porsche Club Championship at Brands Hatch on Saturday May 5th, and took a fine one-two in the opening race of the season.
A mixture of sunshine and very heavy showers set the scene for the first shakedown test of our freshly built 911 (964) race car
We have always avoided stock photography and use the services of the splendid James Lipman, automotive photographer, plane crasher and all round good egg.
Our 911 (964) Racecar in the final stages of preparation ahead of the 2012 Porsche Club Championship.