Not everyone gets a chance to visit the Porsche Museum and even those that do don’t get to see these historic beauties in their natural environment: on the road and track. That’s where the Porsche “Rolling Museum” comes into play. Practically all of the Porsche museum’s exhibits are roadworthy and able to fulfill the original purpose for which they were built: to be driven. For years now, the Porsche Museum showcases historic racing vehicles at the most prestigious classic car events around the globe. Here are a few of the calendar highlights for the Porsche ‘Rolling Museum’ in 2014. Hopefully, you’ll get to experience at least one of them.
The Legendary Mille Miglia
From the 15th to the 18th of May the Porsche Museum will be entering an impressive starting field for the 1,000 miles of the legendary Mille Miglia. Competing in the famous long-distance road race will be a 550 Spyder, two 356 Coupés and a 356 Speedster. Drivers of these unique vehicles include Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, and racing legend Jacky Ickx. The Mille Miglia’s new route covers 1,750 kilometers in just four days. A challenge for both car and driver.
Paul Pietsch Klassik
From the 6th to the 7th of July, the Porsche Museum’s classic racing cars will participate in the traditional ‘Paul Pietsch Klassik’. Over a 450 kilometers course two-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl and Le Mans winner and DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck will drive a 911 Carrera 2.7 RS and a 911 Speedster across the south-west of Germany.
The Goodwood ‘Festival of Speed’
An annual event since 1993 on the estate of Lord March in West Sussex, it takes place this year from the 26th to the 29th of June. The ‘Festival of Speed’ is the largest event of its kind anywhere in the world and spectators can look forward to seeing numerous famous classic Porsche cars. The focus this year is on the ‘Turbo’ theme. The cars to be seen include a Porsche 959 Group B, a 964 Turbo, a 993 Turbo and a Porsche 935, known as the ‘Baby’ due to its scaled down 1.4-litre engine. Also awaiting the visitors are two special Porsche 917s: the Porsche 917 KH, which brings back memories of the first overall Porsche victory at Le Mans, and the Porsche 917/30, which was developed for the CanAm race series.
Le Mans Classic
Coinciding with Porsche’s return to the 24-hour endurance race with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, a number of famous Porsche vehicles will also be appearing at the Le Mans Classic from 4th to 6th July. This summer the Porsche Museum is sending four participants to France – a 911 Carrera RSR Targa Florio, the Porsche 935/77 Group 5 racing car, a 911 Turbo Cabriolet and a 911 Turbo 3.0.
Porsche The Main Theme At The Ennstal Classic
From the 10th to the 12th of July, the Porsche Museum will line up several historic legends at the ‘Ennstal Classic’. With a hill prologue, tours through the Tauern Mountains and a city grand prix, the three-day event provides a festival of motoring for drivers and spectators. In addition to a number of Porsche 356 cars, one of which will be driven by Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, a 911 2.2 Targa will also compete. Visitor will have the chance to admire the skills of former racing drivers such as Walter Röhrl in a 718 WRS, Jacky Ickx in the legendary 550 A Spyder and current Porsche works driver Marc Lieb in a GT1’98 as they take part in the ‘Chopard Grand Prix von Gröbming’.
Schloss Bensberg Classic, Pebble Beach and The Sachsen Classic
The Porsche Museum will also take its classic cars to the ‘6th Schloss Bensberg Classic’, which takes place around the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg from the 18th to the 20th of July. From there, it’s on the famous ‘Pebble Beach – Concours d’Elegance’ event in California from the 14th to the 17th of August. Then, from the 21st to the 24th of August the Porsche Museum rolls back to Germany for the ‘Sachsen Classic’ in Saxony. In the course of this classic car rally, vehicles including a 356 Speedster, a 911 Targa and a 911 Turbo will cover a course of 610 kilometers from Zwickau to Chemnitz all around the Vogtland region.
More details are available online at www.porsche.com/museum.
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