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The CALM All Porsche Trophy isn’t just a low-cost way into racing the famous marque – it also takes a unique approach to club level motorsport. Starting as new home for 4-cylinder transaxle cars, early success has already widened the entries to include models from over 30 years Porsche manufacturing.

The creation of the series is a very personal story, as Club manager Philip Waters explains. “I was made aware of mental health issues amongst young men following a family tragedy in 2008. My family and I know only too well how the loss of a family member can affect the whole family for ever.  As a result, we decided to become involved with the charity CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) and started raising funds by organising music events and auctions.

Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives, and 75% of all UK suicides are male – CALM exists to change this. The success of a one off race for Porsche 924s at Donington in 2017, attracting a grid of 18 car – the largest grid since the heyday of 924 racing in the early 1990s – showed the series had great potential. Young driver Ryan Lowry joined me in creating the series and we quickly learnt how to become race organisers.”


Ryan lost his life in tragic circumstances, but Philip knew to keep their dream alive by continuing to develop and expand the series. He continues, “The 2020 season was meant to be a 6-race series; we were due to take in special rounds at Zandvoort and Thruxton as an exchange venture with the All Dutch Porsche club. Despite the dominance of COVID last year, the series did manage to run two races: one on the rarely-used Brands Hatch GP circuit and then at the end of the season three Porsche teams entered the Birkett 6 hour race at Silverstone."


Setting another first for UK club racing, the series took forward an idea originally discussed between Ryan and Philip, “I had discussed balancing our carbon footprint by buying enough carbon offsets to cover the carbon emitted by all our teams, officials and spectators. So we became the first grass roots race series to be Carbon balanced”. Philip continues, “2021 has seen us starting to widen the ZeroCarbon initiative to encourage the whole of the motorsport industry to join us in our efforts to make a real difference to the public’s perception of racing.

We have joined up with Carbon Neutral Britain to offer all clubs, championships, teams the chance to balance their Carbon consumption. The 750 Motor Club, Britain’s oldest motor racing organisers, are the first to have the foresight and imagination to offset all of their championships and race series in 2021 in this way. We know that offsetting will not fix the problem of Global warming, but perhaps it will give us time to develop the technology and find the will to make the changes necessary to survive. Forget COVID – it’s Global warming that will get us in the end”.


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