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BigE 05-15-2011 06:53 PM

Pictures from my visit to the Porsche Museum - Spring 2011
 
On our recent trip to Europe, I was able to talk my wife into a little side trip to the Porsche museum in Stuttgart. Such an amazing place that is set in an architecturally stunning building with emphasis for the exhibits being on the machines themselves. I am a huge fan of vintage race cars, especially vintage 9 series Porsche racers so needless to say, I was in heaven. Also being a fan of 356's and early 911's, seeing so many variants in both street and race trim was the icing on the cake.

I took these pics with my wy wife's Coolpix, point and shoot, so I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the pictures. I hope the pics capture some of the sheer engineering beauty that lies within each one of these amazing machines.

If you are a Porsche fan and have not visited the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, then this is aimple a "must see." Words cannot describe what it is like being among so many iconic cars, each of them maintained in perfect working condition. I was told by one of the museum directors that every car there is kept in perfect running condition and are driven regularly. Even the 917/30 and the unbelievable 1948 "Porsche Number 1".

Enjoy!
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BigE 05-15-2011 06:57 PM

Here is the first 8 cylinder Porsche race car. The early predecessor to the "giant killer" 908/3
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The 908/3 - one my all time favorite cars
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BigE 05-15-2011 06:59 PM

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BigE 05-15-2011 07:00 PM

Automotive perfection!!!
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What an ass!!!
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BigE 05-15-2011 07:04 PM

The 961 turbo AWD race car. The front and rear tires are indentical is size
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BigE 05-15-2011 07:06 PM

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BigE 05-15-2011 07:10 PM

I forget...do any of you all like early model Turbo S's :D
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BigE 05-15-2011 07:12 PM

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TeutonicCarFan 05-15-2011 07:14 PM

AMAZING. This deserves sticky IMO.

Green 356, 904 GTS, and 911 RS FTW

And that 964 Turbo S flatnose in red in the background!!

BigE 05-15-2011 07:16 PM

The 917's...I was speechless and in awe of being in the presence of so many awesome, iconic racing machines in one place.
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Barrister 05-15-2011 07:16 PM

Great shots E!!

atomic80 05-15-2011 07:25 PM

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Eric. It's time for me to go next! :D

atomic80 05-15-2011 07:26 PM


Originally Posted by BigE (Post 964385)

This is my favorite out of the bunch! :hilarious:

BigE 05-15-2011 07:27 PM

^Thanks Jason. It took my wife two hands to lift the 956. I could lift it with one hand :)
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GuessWho 05-15-2011 07:43 PM

awesome shots E.

DJ 05-15-2011 08:09 PM


Originally Posted by BigE (Post 964409)
^Thanks Jason. It took my wife two hands to lift the 956. I could lift it with one hand :)
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What a strong couple!

E thanks so much for sharing this with us, I personally feel like I was there with you! Great thread!

BigE 05-15-2011 08:20 PM

One last pic to share. An absolutely stunning 550 variant being worked on in the shop on the ground floor of the museum. In the cafe, there is a wall of glass where you can look in at all of the cars being restored/maintained for the museum. I would imagine this is also where high-end restoration work is done for customers. There were several amazing cars in the shop the day I was there, but none more amazing than this one.
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atomic80 05-15-2011 09:05 PM


Originally Posted by BigE (Post 964409)
^Thanks Jason. It took my wife two hands to lift the 956. I could lift it with one hand :)
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Look at that..you're using your fingers not your palm. You're pretty strong E. :golfclap:

ljg 05-15-2011 09:08 PM

Amazing shots E! Looks like a great place to spend some time.

BuzzedHornet 05-15-2011 09:22 PM

Great stuff Eric. Thank you wife for us all for allowing you to go and take pics for us all!

Vettilac 05-15-2011 09:27 PM

Amazing!!! Whenever I finally make it overseas this will definately be on the top of my tour list

theprotest 05-15-2011 09:58 PM

Hi E,

Awesome photos, very jealous of your experience. I need something like that to take my mind off the finals...

:D

Cheers,
Nik

ZAMIRZ 05-15-2011 10:57 PM

FAAAAWK!!! That 917 lineup is amazing! So much history, I am in awe!

Thanks for sharing the pics Eric, and I'd also like to personally thank you for inquiring about the special "Porsche Exclusive" book for me. I'll find a way to get my hands on a copy eventually :)

Alex 05-15-2011 11:47 PM

Eric, epic! Thanks so much for sharing with us. For someone not as familiar with the history of the 917's as you are, I was in awe looking through your pics; can't imagine your emotions being there.

997carrerasblk06 05-15-2011 11:49 PM

What an experience. Maybe one day!

M-Individual 05-16-2011 02:22 AM

that is just epic! great shots, gotta say I've never seen that green before on the 993tt. Thanks for sharing

SoCal 05-16-2011 04:50 AM

Awesome pics bro. I think I may have to take a trip there now. :D

Oh yeah, this will be a Sticky now in the Porsche Forum.

Mietek23 05-16-2011 06:00 AM

Great shots! Thanks for posting.

slavik 05-16-2011 07:33 AM

absolutely awesome thread! love that yellow 964 turbo S

Alzilla 05-16-2011 09:25 AM

Great stuff, Eric! I really enjoyed seeing the museum from your perspective. Any idea if some of these cars will be at the Wine Country Classic?

"The JC" 05-16-2011 12:10 PM

Great pictures, I really need to make the pilgrimage for myself.

MattUF 05-16-2011 08:55 PM

Very nice pictures, I must've taken 1000 when I was there! It was a truly amazing experience that I hope every Porsche enthusiast gets the opportunity to enjoy. I'm curious as to what was on display behind the Turbo S's on the rotating bases (if you're facing them like you were to take the pics) as when I went that area was sectioned off in preparation for the 918 exhibit (which was opening the week after I went, DOH!) Was there a 918 there?
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MattUF 05-16-2011 09:03 PM

Also, did you park in the underground parking garage? I started dying laughing out of disbelief when I rounded the corner and saw this staring at me:
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There were also the Rothmans rally car, the actual gray GT3RS used on the cover of the brochure (same license plate) and other amazing cars parked in the garage like it was no big deal...guess they ran out of space upstairs?! :hilarious: I can't WAIT to go back again this year! Thanks again for posting your pics, it's got me fired up and my trip is 4 months away!

Matt

TTM0TION 05-16-2011 11:00 PM

Incredible, I must go.

BigE 05-16-2011 11:32 PM


Originally Posted by MattUF (Post 965508)
Also, did you park in the underground parking garage? I started dying laughing out of disbelief when I rounded the corner and saw this staring at me:
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/2953/img2625c.jpg

There were also the Rothmans rally car, the actual gray GT3RS used on the cover of the brochure (same license plate) and other amazing cars parked in the garage like it was no big deal...guess they ran out of space upstairs?! :hilarious: I can't WAIT to go back again this year! Thanks again for posting your pics, it's got me fired up and my trip is 4 months away!

Matt

I was there on Friday, April 29th which was the second to last day of the "Porsche Exclusive" exhibit. That display included the Sport Classic, Yellow 964 Turbo S, Green 993 Turbo S, blue 993 Speedster, the red 964 flat nose Turbo S, a C4S Cab that people could sit in, that hideous gold 959 made for the Sultan of Brunei and a display showing all of the current leather/paint/wood/trim options available to customers. They were getting ready to take the exhibit down and put up the Hybrid exhibit which I would imagine was going to prominently feature the 918, but there were no signs of it while I was there. I was hoping to pick up a Porsche Exclusive book for our resident TS Porsche expert, ZAMIRZ, but they were not available yet.

We parked down below on the first level, and did not see anything exotic or crazy in the garage. The Rothman's Dakar 959 was upstairs displayed next to the Martini 911 SC RS rally car. When were you there? Which was your favorite?

My personal favorites were the 1948 "Number 1", the 917/30, the early 908 that looked sort of like a 550 spyder (I forget the model name) and of course the "Dream Team" lineup of 917's.

Barrister 05-16-2011 11:33 PM

E is a rather large man.

atomic80 05-17-2011 02:45 AM

I'll be going to the Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca in October. Porsche is expected to bring just about every significant model in their entire historical lineup to this event. I can't miss this..and Eric you shouldn't either!

MattUF 05-17-2011 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by BigE (Post 965649)
...We parked down below on the first level, and did not see anything exotic or crazy in the garage. The Rothman's Dakar 959 was upstairs displayed next to the Martini 911 SC RS rally car. When were you there? Which was your favorite?

My personal favorites were the 1948 "Number 1", the 917/30, the early 908 that looked sort of like a 550 spyder (I forget the model name) and of course the "Dream Team" lineup of 917's.

I can't remember the exact day (went to Oktoberfest a day or so before making it to Zuffenhausen ;) ) but I know it was the end of September. As far as my favorite, I would have to say I had a few favorites:
Love this
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My dad has a very cool painting of one of these at LeMans with the carnival rides in the background so it's always been a favorite:
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But if I had to pick one, I would say this: (to give you guys a size reference I'm approximately 5'8" and 155lbs.)
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The whole museum had me in awe honestly. It's hard to describe how awesome it felt to see such historic cars that have been the cars of my dreams up close and personal and with no barrier between me and them. Inspecting some of them closely made you wonder how sane the people were who drove them at the speeds they did!

Did you happen to go to the dealership across the street? There were some very cool cars over there when I wandered over including a yellow CGT as well as what appeared to be a Porsche mechanic in a black CGT taking it around the roundabout and out of the center; the sound of the exhaust was intoxicating! Also saw this on the autobahn leaving Stuttgart (possibly an employee headed home after a long day of work?) Absolutely GORGEOUS!
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One thing I definitely want to do next time is see about a factory tour.

KT 05-17-2011 07:58 PM

Wow, very cool Eric! Didn't you just want to camp out in there? I like the 904 and the green and white Carrera the best.

F1GTRUeno 09-06-2011 07:24 PM

Beautiful shots.

I take it the 993 GT1 in the parking garage is the one in the OP's shots in front of the GT1-98?

Does the museum still have their white 993 GT1 roadcar or is it hidden away in someone's collection like the member on here who has the other one?


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