A classic car event, in which everyone has a dress code, is not only at Lord of Marchs british Goodwood. Also in the French skiing village Chamrousse, enthusiasts celebrate contemporary fashion from the thirties to the sixties – in combination with historic skiing and classic cars. Plant 1 was not only there, but in the middle.
L’Alpine Classique is the magic name that leads to a charming event on 1750 meters, only a few days before the beginning of the spring. Sébastien Chirpaz, who loves the history with all its facets, is already the third time in his life to live the same story for three days. At the beginning of the year, Tobias Aichele also made the decision to dive into this particular world from the 17th to the 19th of March, 2017, and to take the 650 kilometer journey. Also with the premise that the preparations for a winter-ending meeting in the mountains are far more complex than for a summer meeting; In addition, firmly anchored conventions had to be thrown overboard. But now back from the beginning.
It had to e a Porsche. A Porsche 911 L with 110 hp, one of the last original models, still with short wheelbase. For, the 50th anniversary of an automobile can hardly be more beautiful than at a very special event.
In the way there was only the requirement, with an oldie never to drive with salt and in the winter. The accident risk and the high probability of catching a stonecut is simply too high at this time of the year. So, get away with these encrusted rules and full concentration on the preparations.
Wooden skis from the sixties stood in the cellar of the paternal apartment – by chance even in red, best fit to the signal red of the 911. Only, how do I attach them to the car? The 911 does not have a gutter for a tension lock like the limousines of this era. And rear luggage carriers were only available for the 356th. Outside the Porsche world, however, a solution emerged. On the attic there was a 40-year-old luggage rack with four suction cups. This was additionally secured by means of bent sheet metal holders, which were countered by threaded rods.
In glorious sunshine we drove through Switzerland to Grenoble and then another 120 kilometers southeast to Chamrousse. Even before the pass there was no view of snow far and wide, although the WebCam had announced a few days ago heavy snowfall. Will the skiing be cancelled due to the weather situation? No, the higher we were snaking, the more snowy surfaces were there and the concerns could be dropped. Finally, at 1750 meters, all ski lifts were in operation and there was a lot of activity.
During the whole L’Alpine Classique, our 50-year-old nine-year-old was perceived as a sympathizer and celebrated. And how well the 911 was received, showed at the latest the price nomination on Sunday afternoon: For the far journey and our always harmonious outfit in combination with this picture-beautiful Porsche, we were given an honorary prize by Sébastien. This was a really nice weekend. And by the way, I did not have to talk about Matching Number and original varnish for three days. And so nobody even notice that our 911 was equipped with a different engine. And we still won.
In the 1968 model year (1 August 1967 to 31 July 1968), Porsche built the last 911 with a short wheelbase, called the SWB (Short Wheel Base). Only two-litre engines were used. The No. 1 factory car, the so-called 911 L, was built in 1967 with a 130 hp engine and delivered to California via VW Pacific in early 1968. The bumpers with rubber buffers as well as the tinted all-round glazing belonged to the special equipment. The vehicles of the model year 1968 correspond largely to the type 911 of the previous years, but were adjusted in the interior equipment to the 911 S. Numerous features have improved safety: recessed door opening buttons, black frosted windshield wiper arms and blades, mounting points of the seatbelts of large area, rubber ashtray handles, dazzle-free and compliant dashboard as well as a two-circuit braking system. Sportomatic versions were also available for the first time.
TEXT: Tobias Aichele