Ben­nett makes it his mis­sion to be in Gmünd for Porsche’s 70th An­niver­sary. He’s glad he did


High­light of this is­sue? Well, for me it’s a per­sonal one. Turn to page 48 and you can join in as we take a Boxster 718 to Gmünd on June 8th, 2018. The date is im­por­tant, be­cause 70-years ago on June 8th 1948, the first Porsche was road reg­is­tered in the pic­turesque Aus­trian town. This is the date of­fi­cially adopted by Porsche for the 70th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. To be in Gmünd, then, on that date was some­thing of a no-brainer and to be hon­est we were ex­pect­ing some­thing of a me­dia scrum, but it seems that Porsche’s own cel­e­bra­tions at its Stuttgart mu­seum, on the same date, had di­verted at­ten­tion from Porsche’s true Ge­n­e­sis mo­ment and we had the run of the place.

And what a glo­ri­ous place Gmünd is, seem­ingly un­touched by the pas­sage of 70-years and mind­ful of its place in Porsche his­tory, thanks to Hel­mut Pfeifhofner’s Porsche mu­seum and his fore­sight to buy and ren­o­vate the small wooden build­ing that acted as Porsche’s de­sign of­fice at the en­trance of the huge tim­ber sheds con­verted for use as Porsche’s tem­po­rary fac­tory. Hel­mut can re­mem­ber Porsches test­ing in and around Gmünd as a boy and to­day there is still that pal­pa­ble sense of Porsche’s time here, backed up by archive pho­tog­ra­phy, that al­lowed us to plant the Boxster into his­tory.

And while Gmünd charmed, the Gross­glock­ner Pass, where Porsche 356/1 tested, sim­ply awed with its scale and alpine grandeur. Driv­ing the same roads 70-years on, in a mid-en­gined, four-cylin­der Porsche, was again touch­ing his­tory. As a Porsche fan, make it your mis­sion to visit Gmünd in Porsche’s 70th year. Or any year for that mat­ter.

As a Porsche fan, make it your mis­sion to visit Gmünd

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