Boxengasse Megaphonics: An Air-Cooled Porsche Paradise

It’s 10.30am on a UK summer Sunday. The calendar says it’s August, but the weather says otherwise. I am lined up to enter a modest estate on the outskirts of Bicester with several other cars.

The road signs guiding the way read ‘Boxengasse’ (translation: pit lane), however, the surroundings are rural. A lovely lady in a yellow hi-vis points me to the parking lot, where I pull up my Mazda MX-5 next to another. There are others too; I guess the Japanese roadster has become the go-to car for automotive photographers.


I grab my gear and head back onto the access road, this time on foot, to follow Stuttgart’s finest into the event. With huge trees on either side, it looked like the cars were heading down an infinite lane, and I still didn’t know what to expect on the other side. At the end of the lane, the cars turned right. This is the moment I entered my kind of heaven.

I was still digesting the view when two RWB Porsches rolled past on their way into the 100-acre event space.


Within the first few minutes of entering Megaphonics 2023 at Frank Cassidy‘s Boxengasse, my day had already been made. This was the fifth instalment of what’s become an annual event to celebrate air-cooled Porsches, but my first time attending.


I headed to the main Porsche stand and recognised two of the cars straight away. A few weeks prior, I had seen both the Blaupunkt 962 and the 718/2 hung upside down on the iconic lawn sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023.


I got talking to the guy from Porsche about the cars and the how they ended up 30-feet in the air outside Goodwood House. I was surprised to learn that these cars were attached with their entire powertrains intact – only their fluids were drained.


With this new information in my memory bank, I made my way towards the air-cooled parking around a lake area, where I was greeted by at least five 356s. Some were true-to-original restorations, while others were modified.


From there, I headed to the first barn-like building I could find, which was surrounded by a hedge and had a couple of modern GT2s and GT3s parked out front. I do appreciate every Porsche, but Megaphonics is all about the air-cooled cars and I didn’t want to take the attention away from them. At one end of the barn, Autofarm – a well-known UK Porsche restorer – were set up, and at the other end, cars from Frank’s own Black Betty & Co. collection.


Most surprising though, was the beige Singer Classic Study sitting outside. Yes, the day was only getting better! I got talking to Ned Hiley from Singer Vehicle Design, who was with the car, and we spoke everything Singer and Porsche. 


After drooling over the Singer for an extended period of time, I turned to see the ICON 917K, a recreation of the Le Mans-winning Porsche 917, but for the road.


After digesting these cars and all the other great 911s outside Autofarm, I headed to the main venue, Boxengasse itself. Before I even got inside, there were a number of legends to check out, including 935s, a purple RUF 911 CA, and one of eight ever built Porsche 959 Komforts.


Entering the main building, I came face-to-face with one of the greatest collections of racing 911s. Right out in front sat an original Brumos 911 RSR, currently owned by Tuthill Porsche. It was one of my highlights from the Festival of Speed, so seeing if for a second time in a just a few weeks was exciting.


Delving further into the huge warehouse were two of the 193 993 GT2s ever made and a pair of 964 Carrera RSs, to name just a few.


My time at Megaphonics 2023 flew by, but in reality I spent over six hours at the event – that’s how good it was. As expected, during my drive back home, all I could think about was plotting a path to Porsche ownership myself.

Jathu Thillai

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Just speechless!!! U.K. has ALOT of old(er) Porsches. Wish I was there. Porchefile for life!!!


Thanks David. Yes, we have enough and more Porsches here. Its a part of every event and there is a huge community around them. Hopefully, I would be able to bring more of them through photos to this international community.


What a great read! Some absolutely unbelievable cars! This almost needs to be a whole weekend event so you can appreciate all the details and stories of these cars.


True. There was so much to digest and so little time. Already looking forward to Megaphonics 24.


I love that the singer has Montana registration.


Hahaha yeah. That Singer is going around the UK. I understand it was sold in Montana but is now back with Singer to be sold again. They also had a full carbon fibre bodied Singer at another event but sadly it was sold before this event. I have some photos of it on my instagram though (@jtoncars).


Y'all know what's up with the Montana thing right. Cheapest way to register pricey cars here in the US, something like this- register a business ("LLC," you may be able to without ever visiting) in Montana, ownership of vehicles is under your business. Rules like that could be a way for a small state government to fund itself. Bet soon there will have been more cars sold on BaT with Montana plates than Montana has residents :)
And thanks for the pics Jathu!


Did not know that. Thanks for the info Grady


Loved the article! I noticed that the title photo features Harry Metcalfe's 930 Turbo S - He's done a few videos on it on youtube and it seems pretty rad


Yes. He was at the event with his son. Boxengasse is quite local to them too.


This is paradise indeed for the Porsche fanboys


It definitely is


Came to Megaphonics wanting a porsche... left needing a Porsche...

'As expected, during my drive back home, all I could think about was plotting a path to Porsche ownership myself.'
This is too true, a week on and im still trying to figure it out!

Brilliant photos of an amazing event


Exactly. I am not sure why but nothing gets me going like a Porsche


Stunning photography. If I'm not mistaken, this is a new contributor, and while the photography on speedhunters is on average excellent, and this show seems to have more room, a great many contributors should examine this as an example of how to photograph a car show.
Get back far enough to see how the car sits on level ground, see the cars in total, not absurd close ups at weird angles. I understand that some busy car shows may not offer ideal opportunities, but recently it's gotten to the point where a photography editor needs to be in place providing some accountability and advice to contributors. Again, use this article as advice showing what "done right" looks like.


Thanks Ladr. Yes I am a first time contributor. I think its more of embracing the crowd and people at these events in your photos. I used to make the mistake of trying to shoot events as if I was doing individual shoots of those cars which doesn’t work. An event is nothing without the people and the setting. Glad to see that the photos are well received