The Porsche Museum is a living museum, and is equally at home at its state-of-the-art headquarters in Zuffenhausen as it is anywhere in the world. With the special exhibition ‘Roadbook. The Porsche Museum on the road around the world’, the museum curators are giving fans a glimpse behind the scenes for the first time: from vehicle deployment planning to appearances by celebrity drivers and preparing tours, visitors can get an impression of the strategic and logistical challenges. The special exhibition will run from 30 October 2016 until 23 April 2017, including on the upcoming German public holiday for ‘All Saints’ Day’ on 1 November 2016.
The ‘rolling museum’ travels all over the world 365 days a year. Each year, the museum handles over 200 vehicle deployments in more than 30 countries. For example, twenty-one exhibits inform visitors about transport and logistics for the valuable freight by land, sea and air, as well as technical preparations and follow-up tasks for all Porsches on display. Another attraction is the 911 model from 1966, which was photographed ‘Around the World’ in front of planet’s most famous landmarks in 2013 as the ‘eleven’ celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. The special exhibition also features the 911 Carrera RSR which took part in the Targa Florio, the 911 SC Targa, a competitor in the ‘Top City Classic China Rally’, and the 356 A 1600 Speedster, which toured the coast roads on the west coast of America as part of the ‘California Mille’.
The museum’s own workshop team provides technical support both before and during the deployment of the vehicles. As a central component of the Porsche Museum’s philosophy is to have as many of the sportscars and racing cars in a driveable condition as possible, the museum’s own workshop can carry out almost all work in house, from servicing to full restorations. The drivers are picked just as carefully as the vehicles for deployments of the ‘rolling museum’. Although it is primarily former and active works racing drivers who drive the vehicles on the race track, celebrities are among those who climb behind the wheel of the Porsche classics in vintage car rallies. Among the most well-known participants of the last few years are actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey, musicians such as Udo Lindenberg, actors such as Richy Mueller as well as renowned racing drivers including Mark Webber and Derek Bell. Photographs and films in the special exhibition document both the work and the appearances by mechanics and the celebrity drivers.
The special exhibition also gives a glimpse into the concept behind the Porsche Museum. Every week, vehicles in the exhibition are exchanged as a result of the global deployments, with new arrangements providing visitors with an ever-changing image. The Porsche Museum therefore has a vitality and diversity that is rarely encountered elsewhere. The museum’s backbone is its vehicle collection, which stretches back to the company’s inception. Porsche has preserved particular sportscars and racing cars from all eras of its history – from electric cars from the early 20th century through to motor racing vehicles from the current season. The collection also contains prototypes, studies and production vehicles. The historic vehicles are also regularly used internally by Porsche for events such as comparison test drives, assembly tests, trial runs or type approvals. The museum exhibits therefore also fulfil the function for which they were originally built – they are driven!
The Porsche Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission costs €8 or €4 for concessions. Further information is available at www.porsche.com/museum
Edited by: Glen Smale
Images by: Porsche