Has it really been 70 years? This year’s Porsche Exhibition seems to dictate just that. Like most sportscars, time flies, and it has done so without brakes ever since June 8, 1948, the year the first Porsche prototype received its permission to operate freely. In honor of this landmark in automobile design, Porsche has a special exhibition on display throughout 2018 in the Porsche Pavilion.
You all know Porsche. You all seen Porsches around, especially in this time and age, when a Panamera or a Cheyenne is in pretty much every street corner, everywhere. But Porsche is much more than luxury sedans and SUVs. Porsche used to be known for their mid/high-end sportscars, and for their wonderfully designed and built race cars. Well, it still is; the first thing you’ll associate with the word Porsche will either be the 911 Carrera or any of those two I previously mentioned. Shame people won’t even recognize the 917, or even know about the conquests of that space-ship. What a monumental feat in car design!
But what brings us around today is Porsche’s 70-anniversary celebration, taking place at the manufacturer’s pavilion in the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany. Pavilion’s just the name, though, because the facility is, in reality, a museum displaying Porsche’s most celebrated and famous cars, as well as prototypes.
It is a chance to take a look at one of the first 356 Speedsters, the first car Porsche ever manufactured (I’ll give you a hint, it’s in the article’s featured image), and a shining symbol of what the brand stands for and stood for all over these years. And 70 years of manufacturing excellence is quite an achievement indeed! So much so, that the exhibit is open until the 9th of January, 2019, and features over 70 cars on display, including ones famous for their performance and wins over various race courses, such as 24 Hours of Le Mans, such as the pink 917/20.
Yes, that’s the legendary car. The legendary “Pink Pig”, which went on to won Porsche’s first 24 Hours of Le Mans back in ’70 & ’71. It’s also an actor of sorts, having appeared alongside Steve McQueen’s in 71s Le Mans.
It’s possible to see pretty much every car in the Porsche’s catalog, and even get a glimpse of some originals, some so legendary, so priceless, and so rare you’ll most likely never have another chance to see. Maybe in thirty years, when Porsche celebrates their 100 year anniversary. Maybe…
I don’t quite know if it’s in anyone’s interest but go ahead and comment on your favorite Porsche if you feel like it. Mine’s a cliché, though, but I’d donate all my hair to have the chance to drive one. Even if it was just for an hour.
I once drove a 1999 Boxter. While it was somewhat clunky and rigid, after I got used to it, it felt like something. I hadn’t noticed what it was until I got out of the car and spent close to five minutes just staring at it. I almost forgot to close it. So yeah, it’s true, that Porsche feeling, “Wow, I’m leaving the driver’s seat of a Porsche”.