A SKIPTON architect is looking forward to a 'track day' at Silverstone after his painting of a Porsche won first prize in a competition.

John Wharton's painting of a classic 911 was voted the best out of 30 entries in the Porsche Centre Preston's 911 Creative Challenge - winning him a Porsche experience day at the home of British motor racing.

John said: "The Porsche 911 is an architectural masterpiece on wheels. As an architect myself, maybe that is what draws me to the car. It has long been a source of inspiration for me.

John, who has created several pieces of art inspired by different vehicles and transportation, added: “Winning this competition is a tremendous honour, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to express my artistic interpretation of this iconic vehicle. I can't wait to enjoy the track day prize. Who knows, maybe it will inspire my next artwork."

The competition was organised as part of a larger celebration marking the Porsche 911's 60th anniversary.

Competition judge Carla Raads added: "As an artist, I understand the fascination the Porsche 911 holds for creative minds.

"It's an ideal subject, with its sleek lines and timeless design. "Witnessing the diverse interpretations of the 911 Creative Challenge has been inspiring. Congratulations to everyone who entered and reached such a high standard."

Tom Fox, managing director of Porsche Centre Preston, said: "The 911 creative challenge has not only showcased the incredible talent within our community but also reflected the profound impact the Porsche 911 has had in its 60 years.

"It’s one of those iconic vehicles that have inspired motorists. We loved John’s entry. Congratulations to him on his well-deserved victory."

In June, more than 350 enthusiasts took part in the 75th anniversary of Porsche at the Preston centre.