Video: Porsche “Rolling Museum” at the 2011 Phillip Island Classic
Klaus Bischof, Director of the Porsche “Rolling Museum” in Stuttgart, talks about the special cars from the Museum which ran at the 2011 Phillip Island Classic. Biscof explains their development, evolution and the race history of five legendary Porsche vehicles on display.
The priceless cars from Porsche’s ‘rolling museum’ participated in numerous in events throughout Australia – as well as featuring in static displays – to celebrate 60 years of Porsche in Australia.
The headline act in the collection is the 935 ‘Moby Dick’ – the climax in 935 race car development. Moby Dick was built for pure speed. With its longer rear body section, improved aerodynamics and 621 kW (845 hp) turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine the svelte coupe reached speeds up to 366 km/h at Le Mans in 1978.
Perhaps the most recognisable of all Porsche race cars – the famous 956/962 which won the Le Mans 24 Hour seven times between 1982 and 1994 – is also part of the exclusive collection. The car secured for Australia is the Rothmans 962 example raced to victory in 1987 by Derek Bell, Hans Stuck and Al Holbert.
Two open-top Porsches that dominated Sicily’s Targo Florio road race are also coming: The 718 RS 60 Spyder which won in 1960 (and 36 years later won Targa Tasmania on Handicap honours with Jochen Mass at the wheel) and the eye-catching 908/02 Spyder which filled the first four places in 1969’s Targo Florio.
The 911 SC raced by Walter Rohrl in the gruelling 1980 San Remo rally completes the motorsport line-up, with the acclaimed Carrera GT road car from 2003 providing a modern touch to Porsche’s past.
“Australia is one of the Porsche markets in the world where there is a genuine knowledge and appreciation of Porsche history, particularly in motorsport,” says the head of the Porsche Museum, Achim Stejskal. “We are therefore pleased to make this commitment to Porsche in Australia with some of our more significant ‘rolling museum’ cars.”