Ahead of the big Porsche Fes­ti­val — sched­uled to take place at Hamp­ton Downs over two week­ends, Jan­uary 15–17 and 22–24 — we open up the his­tory books and re­call just a few of the links be­tween Porsche, New Zealand, and New Zealan­ders Words: Pho­tos:

New Zealand Classic Car - - Preview - Jim Bar­clay NZ Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor Rac­ing / Terry Mar­shall

The first time a Porsche won on the race­track in New Zealand was at the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Grand Prix (NZIGP) meet­ing at Ard­more on Jan­uary 7, 1956 — 60 years ago. Since then, Porsches have fea­tured strongly as a car of choice for many New Zealand driv­ers seek­ing a com­pet­i­tive edge out on the race­track or sim­ply want­ing sport­ing driv­ing on the road.

The 2016 New Zealand Fes­ti­val of Rac­ing (NZFMR) Porsche Fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate 60 years of Porsche in New Zealand, and mem­bers of the Porsche Club of New Zealand, to­gether with many other Porsche own­ers, will pa­rade their cars and assem­ble for a record-break­ing on-track group pho­to­graph at lunchtime on Sun­day, Jan­uary 17.

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