The saying goes that you should never meet your heroes, as it almost always ends in bitter disappointment.
But for one Porsche owner, meeting his hero was a magical moment – one that has changed his life for the better, forever.
Simon Griffiths, who has lived in Macclesfield for 12 years, never quite realised just how much he longed to own a Porsche until his children were grown up and suddenly, the need to drive a sensible ‘family car’ was no more.
In 2010, Simon cleared out his garage and welcomed his beautiful, 1990 Porsche 911 Targa home.
And although it’s undoubtedly a beautiful car which turns heads wherever Simon goes, owning a Porsche is about so much more – and for the people of Manchester, the efforts of Simon and his fellow members of the Porsche Owners’ Club are changing lives for the better.
During one of the club’s regular meets at the impressive, vast new Porsche Centre in Stockport, Simon joked: “For me, owning a Porsche has become non-negotiable.
“Kidneys will go first, kids will go first, but one thing that I will never part with is my Porsche.”
“It’s not just about the car; owning a Porsche has been lifechanging and has brought me into contact with so many wonderful people I would have never otherwise met, without sharing a common interest in the car.
“Buying this car was a dream come true, but it has been lifechanging for so many different reasons. Porsche isn’t just about the beautiful car, it’s about finding an incredibly special community of people who really do enrich your life in so many ways.
“Porsche owners are passionate people, and collectively we decided we wanted to do something amazing to support a regional charity.
“For very unfortunate reasons, a number of us have a close connection to The Christie, and when we really sat down and thought about it, we realised most people within the wider Manchester community would resonate with that connection.
“It’s an incredible cause and is so important, and we really wanted to give something back. I signed myself up to do a sponsored bike ride from MediaCityUK in Salford Quays to Blackpool, and the backing I received was phenomenal.”
Within 12 hours of announcing his sponsored cycle, Simon had received more than £500 in donations from fellow Porsche club members.
The days that followed saw that figure rise to more than £1,500, and Simon was delighted to arrive in Blackpool an hour and 30 minutes ahead of time – where he was warmly welcomed by several club members who had backed his campaign.
“It was incredibly humbling and really illustrated how many people could relate to the cause,” Simon said.
“The Porsche club members are so passionate about helping good causes and as such a huge community of likeminded people, there’s so much we can do to help.
“Six people have agreed to take part in the same event with me next year, so if you take the amazing sponsorship I managed to get and multiply it by six, we can really make waves for such an important cause that means so much to us all.”
Porsche’s impressive new, state-of-the-art facility in Stockport, Greater Manchester is firmly behind Simon and his fellow members of the Porsche Owners’ Club.
The dealership, which is soon to celebrate its first birthday after opening against the odds during lockdown last August, is home to regular meets for the club – and was a great contributor to Simon’s charitable efforts for The Christie.
The two-floor showroom, conveniently located just off the M60, is home to more than 30 beautiful Porsche cars, and is the perfect environment to explore the very latest in design, innovation and the technology that the stunning range of cars has to offer.
In addition, the centre grants visitors the opportunity to explore Porsche’s e-performance models, which include the Cayenne and Panamera E-Hybrid, as well as the critically acclaimed fully electric Taycan.
Porsche Centre Stockport and its dedicated entourage of passionate, friendly consultants are proud to cater for all Porsche ownership requirements, regardless of the age of a Porsche.
Their comprehensive aftercare services include a 13-ramp service and repair workshop, and two direct dialogue bays where a Porsche can receive immediate, on-the-spot diagnosis in conjunction with customers prior to any work being carried out.
With a team of fully trained Porsche technicians and service advisors, there’s no better place for Porsche owners to take their beloved cars for some TLC.
A wide variety of services are available, all of which have been implemented to make every visit as memorable as driving any Porsche sports car.
New models can be tailored to any desire through Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, whilst a number of accessories are available through Porsche Tequipment.
Servicing, MOTs, and software updates can be completed courtesy of the on-site workshop that houses state-of-the-art equipment. Customers are welcome to wait in the contemporary waiting area and enjoy complimentary drinks alongside free Wi-Fi.
A variety of approved pre-owned vehicles are available through Porsche Centre Stockport. Each example is meticulously prepared by manufacturer trained technicians using Porsche-level quality parts. Their professional on-site valet team then ensure each vehicle is fit for the delivery or on-site handover, which takes place in the site’s dedicated handover booths.
But the centre isn’t just home to unrivalled innovation – it’s also a friendly destination where the extended Porsche family can congregate to share their love for these very special cars.
Porsche fanatic Phil Graham, who has owned 22 Porsches in his lifetime, describes the dealership as a very special place to be.
“The owners’ club and the ability for us all to meet at such an exciting place like the centre in Stockport gives you a purpose, it’s about far more than owning a beautiful car,” he said.
“Porsche was a dream car for me from being a small boy. In the 60’s, they were very rare cars. I was lucky to do well in business and 35 years ago, I was able to buy my first Porsche. It was a very special car, hugely powerful and a massive status symbol.
“I have enjoyed Porsche ever since. When I was working, I had four. But then I stopped working and I had more time on my hands, so I got involved in the Porsche Owners’ Club.
“It has been an enormous part of my life. Joining the club was when I really started to use my car. It was once a toy that I took out of a weekend, but joining the club gave me a purpose. I started meeting other people with similar interests, we’d get together and build friendships through the dealerships and it is just a wonderful community of very special people.
“Instead of just going for a blast in your car, you have a mission. We hold so many exciting events, we go all over the country, we’ve met some incredible people and being a part of the club has unlocked a whole new world of opportunity.
“Life is all about the people you meet, and the wonderful experiences you have. Owning a Porsche has been a total privilege and has enriched my life in so many ways. The clock is ticking for me, and I want to experience as many of these beautiful cars whilst I still can.
“It isn’t just about owning these beautiful cars though, and Simon’s incredible efforts for a cause close to so many hearts is testament to the phenomenal work that can be done by the Porsche Owners’ Club as a community in its own right.”
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