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– Gordon Robertson will drive ‘The Long Way Doune’ behind the wheel of the Porsche Cars GB ‘Project 50’ 1965 Porsche 911
– The Chief Driving Consultant from the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, will visit nine of the UK’s top race tracks in three days
– New 911 Carrera S  ‘Type 991’ will provide support during the trip
– A further special 911 will join the journey – the ‘Follow the 911’ celebrates 50 years of the iconic sports coupe and the UK is the latest leg of world tour
– Visit to show your support – follow progress during the drive via @PorscheGB_PR

Gordon Robertson, Chief Driving Consultant at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, will be driving a 1965 Porsche 911 from his home town of Doune in Scotland to Goodwood, West Sussex, next month, in order to raise funds and awareness for a charity close to his heart.

In a project light-heartedly referred to as ‘The Long Way Doune’, Gordon, who lives in the Perthshire town, will visit nine race circuits between 8 – 11 July, on a serious mission: to raise money for the Ninewells Cancer Research Charity.

The first track on the journey south will be Gordon’s home circuit of Knockhill, in Fife, and he will reach the destination of Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, three days later.

Along the way, the challenge will emphasise how for 50 years the Porsche 911 has been equally at home on road or race track, and also demonstrate the roots in racing that have honed the driving experience of the iconic, flat-six rear-engined coupe since 1963.

Long Way Doune
With his six year-old daughter, Lucy, in the passenger seat, Gordon will set off from Scotland on 8 July and drive the ‘Project 50’ 911 to West Sussex, visiting nine of the UK’s finest racing circuits along the way.  The itinerary comprises:

8 July      Knockhill, Fife
Croft, North Yorkshire
Oulton Park, Cheshire

9 July      Donington Park, Leicestershire
Mallory Park, Leicestershire
Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Brands Hatch, Kent

10 July   Thruxton, Hampshire
Goodwood, West Sussex

The car will be maintained on its journey through the UK by technicians based at the Porsche Experience Centre travelling in an identically liveried ‘Type 991’ 911 Carrera S, and will be joined by various guests on the way to raise money for the Ninewells Cancer Research Charity.

It will be a family affair for the Scotsman, as he explains: “In January 2012, I was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer, a form of the disease caused by a genetic abnormality. Luckily, after intensive radio therapy, six weeks later I was back on the road again. Later in the year and following further investigation, it was discovered that our daughter, Lucy, carried the same genetic abnormality as me, meaning that thyroid removal was advised to minimise the chance of her developing the disease in the future. But, in true Lucy style, she tackled the operation with a determined smile, and thankfully she is now fighting fit.”

Gordon adds: “I have worked with the team at Porsche GB to plan ‘The Long Way Doune: Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Charity UK Tour’ as I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who have helped us along the way.”

Project 50
Gordon will be driving the ‘Project 50’ 911, the evocative focal point of an exciting initiative created by Porsche Cars GB to celebrate 50 years of the iconic 911 sports coupe.

A race-prepared 1965 911, ‘Project 50’, will compete in various British and European Historic motor sport events in the Masters Series this year, as well as Festivals such as the Nürburgring Oldtimer and Silverstone Classic. The classic race car will be driven by Gordon alongside Richard Attwood and Carrera Cup GB 2003 Championship winner, Barry Horne.

The 2.0-litre flat six engine is tuned to develop 130 hp, and the overall specification of the car reflects the spirit of 1960s motor sport. Yet it is fully road-legal, demonstrating the track to road philosophy that inspires the development of the 911 to this day.

Partners in ‘Project 50’ include the luxury five-star London hotel, The Mayfair, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer TAG Heuer, Dunlop tyres and the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.

Follow the 911
The ‘Project 50’ 911 race car will also be joined on its journey by a completely original 1967 911, currently on a world road show. This special 911 will be touring five continents to celebrate 50 years of the model. The car will be visiting points of interest throughout its journey across the globe and has already stopped off in France, Switzerland, Russia and China. The unrestored car – still with its original beige paintwork – will make its way to the UK in readiness for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, after helping the ‘Project 50’ team complete ‘The Long Way Doune’.

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