It was a Porsche aficionados’ delight. The Rennsport Festival is all about celebrating the Porsche brand and all of its vehicles, from the original 356 to the latest 911. Over 5000 Porsche enthusiasts headed to Sydney’s Motorsport Park for the brand’s Rennsport festival.
The three-day event featured over 400 cars, ranging from Porsche’s storied past, from an immaculate 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster to a fully restored, single-cylinder Porsche tractor. Historic exhibits also included the first two Porsches to arrive in Australia, nearly 65 years ago: a 356 coupe and convertible that were the first right-hand drives built at the company’s then new Stuttgart plant. The cars, both split-screen 356 models were originally driven across the Italian Alps to Genoa, and then shipped to Australia back in 1951.
Another 200 Porsches took to the circuit for either competition or demonstration, including two historic Le Mans winners. The human face of the festival was self-proclaimed “urban outlaw” and Porsche cult figure Magnus Walker, who flew in from Los Angeles. “This is my first time in Australia and I’m not going to forget it in a hurry,” said Walker. “You guys have got all the Porsche bases covered, with some outstanding and really cool cars.” Many of the participants formed long queues for autographs and photos with the bearded Porsche hero, who happily chatted with fans over the two days.
“The Porsche Rennsport concept is a great one and we have shown again that it works, especially in an enthusiasts’ market like Australia, where the Porsche passion runs deep,” said Porsche Australia boss Sam Curtis.
“Porsche is a special brand in so far that its appeal extends through the ages. Whether it is modern or historic race cars, road cars from the early air-cooled era, new and fast Porsches like the GT3 RS or gorgeous open top cars like the original 356 Cabriolet, there is always a Porsche to admire.”