Events Coverage

Salon Privé the most exclusive automotive Garden Party

Salon Privé, firmly established as one of the longest-running and most successful motoring events in the UK, opened its doors as Britain’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party.

Whilst there are an ever-growing number of automotive events to choose from, Salon Privé has justifiably earned its status as a ‘must-attend’ event and like Revival, it is an event cherished by enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world.


It’s a place where owners, collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life can meet and indulge themselves in a lifelong passion. Salon Privé is though much more than ‘just’ a Classic Car competition attracting the most prestigious super & luxury cars from around the world.

This year’s prestigious event marks a particularly special milestone as Salon Privé relocates to the foot of Blenheim Palace to become the first event ever to be located on the Palace’s famous Cricket Pitch.

Visitors of the 13th edition of Salon Privé were able to savour an exceptional world-class collection of automotive glamour and royalty adorning the stunning Blenheim Palace lawns. More than 50 cars, 17 of them international entries, and 20 motorcycles were judged during the day in the Concours d’Elégance by an expert panel of 17 judges, the Concours committee was chaired by the distinguished five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE.

Following its most successful edition ever at Blenheim Palace, the Bagley brothers of Salon Privé have great delight in announcing the 2019 dates as Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th September where once again they host Concours Masters, celebrating 100 Years of Bentley.


Classic Cars

Nostalgia to Lebanon glory days with the Classic Porsches trip


On the 8th of April 2018, a group of Porsche Classic Car Owners wanted to take their classic cars back to the glory days where these cars roamed the streets.

The day started at early morning with more than 7 classic Porsches from all ages got together for a trip down the memory lane. After the first sip of coffee at “Paul” coffee shop, the owners were ready to roll and headed straight to the old Train Station of Tripoli visiting this classic landmark that marked the era of prosperity in the Lebanese North Capital.

An array of colours and history was being created on that day with the 964 Cabrio and 993 Cabrio owned by Assaad Raphael, 911 Targa owned by Fouad Matta, 944 S2 Cabrio owned by Jean Pierre Kebbe, 964 Cabrio owned by Michel Nassif, 944 owned by Michel Chahine and the 930 owned by Henri Azadian.

Each and every one of these cars is a legend by itself. The 964 was the first car to be offered with Porsche’s optional Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as options and was considered to be 85% new as compared to its predecessor. The 993 Cabrio is Porsche’s last air-cooled 911 and also Porsche claims that every part of the car was designed from the ground up, including the engine and only 20% of its parts were carried over from the previous generation, in addition, the car was promoted via its role of safety car during the 1994 Formula One season. The 911 Targa is considered to be the newcomer to the Classic scene of Porsche and is now among the highest in demand. The 944 S2 Cabrio covered heavily in our articles is one of those often forgotten oddities of the automotive world. Its recipe is simple: it is the best, most powerful, final non-turbo iteration of the Porsche 944. And finally the 930 or as we would like to call it the Widow Maker and this car truly lives up to the legend which it carries its name.

The trip back in time was a refresher of memory for many of us and what is better than these amazing machines to feat your eyes on and remember the great days and the superb history of Porsche since the 1970’s.


Classic Cars

1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo (930)


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Porsche
Model : 911 Turbo – 930
Year : 1987

Owner : Henri Azadian
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon

Owned by Henri Azadian since 2004 (Driven and cherished for +80,000 Km), this Porsche 911 Turbo (930) produced between 1978 and1989 has a 3.3 Liter – Flat 6 originally pumping 300hp pushing those 1300Kg for less than 95,000Km as mileage since it was bought back in 1987.

Underneath, the factory standard original look; many modifications and improvements were made, so this 930 can keep up with the most recent 911s.

– Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines

– KEP/ Saks Lightweight Competition Clutch

– Heavy-duty Front Aluminum Strut Brace

– K&N High Flow Air Filter

– Turbo upgraded from 0.7 to 1.0 Bar Boost Spring

– Stainless Steel Free Flowing De-Catalyzed Exhaust

These modifications results in a faster revving engine thus giving this 930 more punch towards the rev limiter. (Horsepower: at least 350hp).

So what makes the Legend of the “Widow Maker”?

The Porsche 911 Turbo 930 is one of the first commercialized manufactured Turbocharged Sports car, the first production car with ventilated and drilled disk brakes (technology directly inherited from Le Mans 917 race cars winners).

In addition, this second generation Turbo 911 has a larger capacity engine of 3.3-liter, and added intercooler boosting the power to 300hp (the first 911 turbo had a 3.0 liter Flat 6 (260hp) 75-77).

It is called Widow Maker as its specification and setup turbo have enormous lag and would surprise the unwary drivers in a split second thus resulting in losing control of the car and crashing it most of the time.


One day in 2004 I was visiting Porsche Center garage. I saw, lying in a dark corner a shadow of wide body 911. It reminded me of the Black Carrera I previously owned in the early nineties. I asked; who is the owner? The answer was: It’s for sale and the rest is history…

Henri Azadian


Classic Cars Feature Coverage Videos

1984 Porsche Carrera A Classic Icon


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Porsche
Model : Carrera
Year : 1984

Owner : Georges Tcheroyan
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon

The Last Original Porsche Carrera Breed

In 1963, Porsche AG of Stuggart introduced the Original Porsche 911 (pronounced nine eleven, German: Neunelfer) as the famous, distinctive, and durable design we all know today.

The Porsche 911 was a luxury 2+2 sports car that created its reputation of being one of the most wanted sports cars throughout history.

Moving further into the history of the Porsche Carrera, we found out that Carrera is a Spanish word and stands for “race”. Porsche started using the name on the 356 series, to show homage to Carrera Panamericana, a border-to-border race held in Mexico from 1950 to 1954. The Carrera name has been added to many racing and race-ready models since 1955: the 356, 904, 906, 911 up to 1977 and the 924.

As for the car itself, it wasn’t until 1984 that Porsche decided to roll out a replacement for the extremely popular Model 911SC named 911 3.2 Carrera. Porsche decided to revive the Carrera name for the first time since 1977, Porsche’s marketing department started using the Carrera name for a basic model to boost sales.

The 911 3.2 Carrera featured new body styling with new brake, electronic and suspension technologies. The new model had a lot to prove, was it going to live up to its classic predecessor’s reputation?

The Model 911 3.2 Carrera was available in three basic models, the coupe, Targa and cabriolet. Porsche also produced 4 optional limited production versions. The first option was introduced in 1984 as the M491 which was called the ‘Supersport’ in the UK, and commonly referred to as the ‘Turbo-look’. The M491 option closely resembled the Model 930 Turbo with its exterior styling that included flared wheel arches and the classic rear spoiler. It also featured wider wheels, a stiffer suspension and the superior turbo braking system.

The 1984 Porsche Carrera 3.2 came equipped with a higher displacement and electronically controlled fuel and ignition, the engine capacity was raised to 3164cc by employing the 95mm bore from the previous SC model along with the 74.4mm stroke of the 1978 Turbo 3.3’s crankshaft.

The 3.2 Carrera was both faster and more fuel efficient. The American versions were pushing an impressive 207HP and the European market versions were pushing an even more impressive 231HP.

Continuing into production till 1989, the 911 3.2 Carrera remained basically unchanged during its 5-year production run with the exception of a new 5-speed gearbox, a hydraulically operated clutch and a thermostatically controlled fan to improve oil cooling, all implemented in 1987.

When all was said and done the model 911 3.2 Carrera did not disappoint. It not only lived up to the standards set by the model 911SC that it replaced, it exceeded all expectations. Now a much sought-after classic car for Porsche enthusiasts, the model 911 3.2 Carrera was the last version of the original 911 series. The model 911’s produced after 1989 all came with completely new exterior styling as well as new brake, suspension and electronic technology. You could say the 3.2 Carrera was a grand finale of sorts, but it was certainly not the end of the road for the 911.



Classic Cars

1977 911 S Targa, The New Era of Classics


Make : Porsche
Model : 911s Targa
Year : 1977

Owner : Fouad Matta
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon

Let’s start with the basics, TARGA means “Plate” in Italian.
As for Porsche, The name “Targa” came from the Targa Florio sports car road race in Sicily, Italy in which Porsche achieved several victories until 1973.

In 1967 and just about a year after showing it in prototype form, Porsche put the 911 Targa into production.
The road going Targa was released equipped with a removable roof panel and a removable plastic rear window.

In 1968, the removable plastic rear window was changed to a fixed glass version and the Targa came with a stainless steel-clad roll bar. Porsche had, at one point, thought that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would outlaw fully open convertibles in the US one of the most important markets for the 911, this point of view probably what characterized the upcoming generations of Targa for years to come.

The 911S also was added to the Targa family in 1968.

Based on the previous version of 911s Targa, Porsche launched the 1974-1978 models almost similar with its predecessor and packing almost the same design and technical features. However, the 74-78 Targa came with a choice of three engines, 2.7-, 3.0- and 3.2-liter, producing 165, 180 and 231 horsepower respectively.

Here are the Specs for our featured 1977 Targa:

Engine Specifications and Performance

  • Flat 6-Cyl.
  • Normally-aspirated
  • K-Jetronic Continuous Injection System
  • 163.90 cu-in/2,687 cc
  • 165 Hp @ 5800 rpm
  • 0 TO 100 Km/h 8.4 seconds
  • Top Speed 220 KM/h

This Targa means a lot to me, when I first bought it classic fanatics told me why to buy a Targa, it will never grow value, nowadays the same guys are asking to buy my Targa, this is the new era of Classics – Said Fouad