I visited well-known Porsche collector, Frank Cassidy, last week and enjoyed a guided tour of his new Boxengasse development. Set in a beautifully landscaped 100-acre property in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, the Porsche-only business park is a bit of a game changer.
Independent Porsche specialist Autofarm is about to move in as Frank’s first tenant. Their new buildings combine old-school brickwork, smooth polished concrete and modern LED lighting and insulation and offer more than enough space to lay out a free-flowing Porsche workshop. The transformational workspace is one of the main drivers behind the relocation and is something that the company’s current premises on the other side of the M40 cannot facilitate.
Hats off to Autofarm bosses, Mikey Wastie and Steve Wood, for embracing the challenge to relocate the comfort and charm of their loft-like current reception space, which I really love, and take such a familiar customer experience to the next level in an all-new environment. I’m excited to see how Autofarm develops in the new location.
Oilcooled Porsche Festival
Helping that settling-in process along is an Autofarm/Boxengasse open day sometime in spring, followed several weeks later by ‘Oilcooled’: a two-day festival over a mid-August weekend aimed at air-cooled enthusiasts.
Oilcooled begins with a Saturday track day at Silverstone, then a cruise back to Boxengasse near Bicester, where an open-air cinema will show a Porsche-themed cult classic that is rarely seen on the big screen. Oxford Fine Dining is supplying the catering and Onassis Events is bringing in cars and enthusiasts in from all over Europe for a big open day on the Sunday.
These two days of Porsche-centric activities have been split up into separate components, so one can drop in and out as preferred. I can envisage arriving for the Saturday evening cinema in some sort of Porsche convoy, enjoying a warm August evening in a beautiful landscaped estate, surrounded by friends old and new in what will hopefully become a regular fixture on the air-cooled calendar that doesn’t require a round trip of several hundred miles to attend. Tickets are now on sale on the Boxengasse website.
Photos by Boxengasse