In mid-March, my University class went on a trip to Stuttgart in Germany. Because I study Automotive Design, this meant hitting up some car museums (like a mofo), and Stuttgart has
two of the best in the world. We visited both, but I'll start with Porsche. Knowing about cars is one thing, seeing them in the flesh is another. If you want to get as close… Read more Read more
First of all, it's a pretty impressive piece of architecture. That said, I didn't really look much higher than the reflective exterior ceiling when I was actually standing there [above picture isn't mine]. I was already looking at Porsches, as there was a Pussy-Magnet Yellow 964 Carrera sat outside the door to entice you in. I was buzzing before I was inside, having been a Porsche fan for a long time, and while it's a fair bit smaller than the multi-storey Mercedes Museum (which, to be fair, covers the entire history of the motor car), Porsche's shrine to itself didn't disappoint. I mean, the cafeteria had a full-height window into a workshop, and sat inside was a 935 Moby Dick and a flat-6 Indycar proto that never raced! As with Mercedes, I collected a collector's ticket for my museum ticket collection, a collection which now contains... two.
Here it is, and here's the real-life 917 Langheck that's on it. Below is my ENTIRE museum collector's ticket collection, and a pair of postcards. If you want to see the hundred-odd passable photos I took inside the museum itself, and I'm pretty sure you do,
clicketh hither to see them.
It was my equivalent of Disneyland, and I hadn't been that excited for a long time. I'll remember that day for years to come. Road cars, racing cars, concepts, prototypes, engineering projects, cars from the very beginning and even the recently-discovered Lohner-Porsche electric vehicle from 1898, it was all there... except for the 918 Spyder. Not the 2011 concept, not a prototype, nothing. I was disappointed at that, right up until I saw a Carrera GT sat alongside a 996 GT1. And a 959 S. And a 904 Carrera GTS. And a 550 Spyder. And a shitload of trophies.
What this building lacks in quantity compared to Mercedes, it makes up for in quality, from one of the first electric cars to Le Mans winners, a Dakar winner, concepts, prototypes and road cars from the first all the way through to the latest machinery from one of the world's most prestigious sports car companies.
Take a look for yourself!