April 27, 2012

Porsche celebrates 60 years of Porsche Clubs

For six decades, the history of Porsche has been associated with the worldwide enthusiasm of the Porsche Club scene. Sixty years ago, on May 26, 1952, seven passionate Porsche drivers founded the Porsche Club Hohensyburg in Westphalia, Germany.
According to its articles of association, the common goal of this first club was to ‘unite all Porsche drivers in friendship and comradeship’. The creation of this first club was the foundation stone for a long and unique success story that has become a global phenomenon.

In the early Fifties, it was rare to encounter a Porsche on the open road. This resulted in a greater sense of solidarity between owners – and not just in Germany. The Porsche Clubs’ international adventures began in 1953 with the founding of the Porsche Club Belgium. Two years later, a private group of American Porsche customers, who were providing each other with technical support, evolved into the Porsche Club of America. Today, this represents the largest Porsche Club organisation in the world.

In 1961, British enthusiasts of the Stuttgart sports car marque founded the Porsche Club Great Britain, which has developed into the largest Porsche Club organisation in Europe. Together, the 640 officially recognised Porsche Clubs with their approximately 181,000 members from more than 75 countries currently constitute the world’s largest automotive sector brand club.

The Porsche Clubs live the Porsche brand, seven days a week and 365 days a year, and the high degree to which Club members volunteer their time in celebration of the marque makes them important brand ambassadors. In appreciation of this dedicated work, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is honouring the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Clubs with a special exhibition.

From May 26 to August 26, the Porsche Museum will be looking back on six decades of exciting Club activities. Not only will Club members’ special vehicles be on show but photographs, documents and small exhibits will also relate their personal stories and experiences.

In addition, all Museum visitors will be invited to select the most beautiful exhibit as part of a ‘Concours d’Elegance’. The choice is between twelve different vehicles, including the twelfth Porsche 356 produced in Zuffenhausen, a Porsche 968 Turbo S and a Porsche 911 Turbo Targa.

Furthermore, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche will be providing a rare vehicle from his private collection for the special exhibition: a 911 Turbo S (Type 993). Moreover, a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT will be shown, alongside a Porsche 911 S ‘Club CoupĂ©’; one of a limited edition of 50 units built exclusively for American Club members to mark the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America.

The Museum Shop will be offering a selection of special items for sale - a new book ‘60 years of Porsche Clubs’ by in-house publisher 'Edition Porsche Museum' describes the history of the Porsche Clubs. The book acquaints the reader with the most interesting, beautiful and spectacular Club moments. The book is available in English for 14.90 euros. The Museum Shop is also offering a metal grille badge in celebration of the anniversary, which can be affixed to the air intake grille on historic Porsche models. The badge is approximately 95 mm in diameter and costs 35 euros. A commemorative pin badge is also available, priced at 5 euros.

The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 AM. to 6.00 PM. Admission is 8 euros for adults and 4 euros for concessions. There is free admission for children under the age of 14, accompanied by an adult.


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