Pop-Up Porsche Exhibit

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Vehicles: Variety of Porsche and a 1954 Volkswagen Beetle

Answers from: Chontelle Syme

From: Bill Richardson Transport World exhibition co-ordinator

Why has this exhibition been put together? The team at Transport World wanted to make the Father’s Day Breakfast last Sunday special, so we decided to create a pop-up exhibit. We discovered Ferdinand Porsche’s birthday fell on September 3, Father’s Day. We love Porsche here at Transport World, so we decided to create an exhibit celebrating them and the man behind them. Not only is the exhibit to celebrate his birthday, but also his contributions to the automotive industry

Where did this collection of vehicles come from? They are all on loan from a variety of Southlanders, so this may be the only opportunity to see these particular vehicles

Who was Ferdinand Porsche? He was the founder of Porsche. But before he founded his own company, he was a designer for many companies, including Mercedes-Benz, Zundapp and NSU, all makes that Transport World displays. But his most iconic vehicle was the Volkswagen (VW) Beetle. He was the genius behind the rear-engine, air-cooled people’s car

What vehicles will you have on display during the Porsche exhibit? 1954 Volkswagen Beetle, 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster, 1970 Porsche 911T, 1973 Porsche 911 Rally Sport, 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera classic, early 90s Porsche 968, 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2016 Porsche GT3 RS

Top speed: The oldest Porsche on display – 1964 Porsche 356C – 175kmh when the New Zealand speed limit in 1964 was 88kmh, to the most recent Porsche – 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991) – about 320kmh

Which is the oldest? 1964 Porsche 356C, a first production year model, which was the last VW-inspired Porsche – Flat four cylinder, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive. The 356C was produced from 1964-1966. Its VW origins are seen in the air-cooled four horizontal cylinders, just like the VW. This car was imported new to New Zealand by Gus Miller, who worked for the Invercargill VW agents. It has only had three owners, with the current owner purchasing it in 1971

Which is the newest? 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 991, the most track-focused model in the 911 range. This car is raced in rallies such as Targa NZ, the “Ultimate Road Race”

Which is the fastest? The 2016 GT3, which can go to about 320kmh

Event: Pop-Up Porsche Exhibit, Bill Richardson Transport World, until Saturday, September 23.

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