EARLY PORSCHE 356 RAC­ING IN NEW ZEALAND

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In our in­tro­duc­tion, we men­tioned that the first recorded win for a Porsche in New Zealand came at Ard­more in 1956. Driven by Alex Stringer, the car was a Porsche 356 Su­per coupé — one of two 356 Su­per coupés tak­ing part in that day’s rac­ing. It was painted azure blue and wore the chas­sis No. 53945. Stringer fin­ished first in the divi­sion-one class — for cars up to 2000cc — in the 10-lap sa­loon car race. The leg­endary Stir­ling Moss, driv­ing a Porsche 550 Spy­der, won the sports car race at the same meet­ing.

On Jan­uary 14, 1956, Stringer drove the Porsche Car Dis­trib­u­tors New Zealand Lim­ited Porsche Pre A 356 1500 coupé in the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing at the new race­track at Levin, with the day prov­ing to be highly suc­cess­ful for Stringer and his Porsche 356.

Stringer was back on form at Wi­gram on Jan­uary 21, 1956. In the 12-lap sa­loon car race sup­port­ing the Lady Wi­gram Tro­phy race, he fin­ished first ahead of Vic Neate’s Borg­ward Is­abella and Ian Archibald in his Citroën Light 15. Stringer and his 356 notched up an­other vic­tory at the Dunedin street race held on Fe­bru­ary 28, 1956, when the pair­ing won the sa­loon car hand­i­cap race.

Stringer’s suc­cess at the wheel of the Porsche 356 con­tin­ued at Levin’s Labour Day race meet­ing in 1956. Later, at the NZIGP held at Ard­more on Jan­uary 12, 1957, he would score a cred­itable se­cond place in the sa­loon car race be­hind Frank Cantwell’s Jaguar MKVII. Con­tin­ues page 74...

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