Over the course of 2009, close to 500,000 people will travel the hallowed halls of the new Porsche Museum (much more than twice the 200,000 originally expected). While some live close by, others have made a pilgrimage, covering 1000s of miles, on this holiest of journeys to Porsche's very own "Mecca". The crowds, both reverent and raucous, reinforce the obsession and passion of today's Porschephile. They also get in the way...
That's why, when given the chance, FlatSixes.com sponsor and fellow Porsche junky Cam Ingram (of the Road Scholars) jumped at the opportunity for a private tour given by the Museum's Curator, Klaus Bischoff, on a day the Museum is closed to the public (the museum is officially closed each Monday).
Why the rock star treatment? Simple, the purpose of Cam's trip was to research the history and provenance on a number of Porsches the Road Scholars recently acquired (including this ultra rare Gmund 356). Given the history, provenance and value of the Gmund (it's thought to be one of only 17 remaining from the original 51 Porsche production cars) Porsche was happy to open their archives to help in the restoration.
Not only does Cam operate one of the premier Porsche restoration shops with access to incredibly rare Porsches, he's an avid amateur photographer to boot. As a result, he took advantage of his unfettered access and captured some amazing closeups of the various rolling artwork on display at the museum. The images below are just a small sample of Cam's photography. So, unless you know someone, have a super rare Porsche to restore (or you're just plain lucky) your best chance at a private tour is to jump over to the Road Scholars site and live vicariously through the 70 + additional images available there. While you're at it, don't forget to take a look at some of the great Porsches they have for sale and in for restoration.