[Source: Donut Media]
Harris described this as his perfect sportscar. Even though that comment was made some seven or eight years ago, that’s still some claim.
We all know that advertisers often like to extend the truth in order to sell product. That’s all well and good, but when you have douchebag trying to put his expensive Finnish luggage in the “boot” of a Porsche 911, well, that’s just plain stupid.
Even better is the tagline: “For those who know that standing out and shouting are two different things.”
[Thanks to Wayne for the tip]
If you did can you see it in this photo? This very cool shot was taken in 1970 at Porsche’s 911 factory in Stuttgart.
Do you think the workers knew then what an iconic and much loved model the 911 would become?
[Source: History in Pictures]
Porsche’s ongoing celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the 911 saw a new world record set at Silverstone the weekend. Organisers were hoping to attract 911 911s to form a parade lap to honour the model. Instead a total of 1208 911s turned up for the event. The spectacular results can be seen in picture and video form after the break.
Mark Porsche, son of 911 designer, Ferdinand Alexander â€˜Butziâ€™ Porsche, and great-grandson of the marqueâ€™s original founder, Ferdinand Porsche, was on hand to enjoy the celebrations. Also in attendance were Porsche racing legends Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and John Fitzpatrick.
Speaking at the event Mark Porsche said: â€œOf course, the 911 means a great deal to me as itâ€™s my fatherâ€™s big design and it will always have a special place in my heart. Itâ€™s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I’m very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I canâ€™t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.â€
In a rare show of inter manufacturer love BMW has passed on an official note of congratulations to Porsche for the 50th anniversary of the 911. They’ve done so as stewards of their own 50-year-plus icon the Mini/MINI.
There’s a full statement and more pics from BMW after the break, but this paragraph gets to the heart of the message:
Itâ€™s tempting to wonder how different history would have been without the creators of these two successful cars. Neither Sir Alec Issigonis nor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche had any inkling that their designs would come to be considered immortal icons of modern times. Indeed, you would have needed a very clear crystal ball to see that Porsche had just dreamt up the most successful sports car of all time and Issigonis the â€œworldâ€™s only cool small carâ€.
We know the new 991 Porsche 911 isn’t too far away; we’re expecting to see it debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. That means it’s now almost run-out time for the current 997 911. On cue, then, Porsche has released details of the 911 Black Edition.
The Black Edition is based on a regular 3.6 litre Carrera model and has black paint, of course, some black detailing inside and a couple of badges to go with. There’s model specific 19″ alloy wheels and plain “911” badging on the back. Porsche say the Black Edition will cost the same as its Carrera counterparts and to help try and give this “run-out” model some cachet it has been limited to 1911 examples.
And, that’s pretty much that.