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Sep 06

Driving 50 years of Porsche 911 history

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Raiding The Porsche Museum For A Fun Track Day



It seems everyone is celebrating anniversaries this year: it's Aston's hundredth, Lamborghini's fiftieth, Ford Mustang's fiftieth, Chevy Corvette's sixtieth - and Tesla just turned ten or something. It's been a little out of hand, frankly, all these forced marketing festivities, but if we had to pick one milestone to really celebrate hard and party all night, the Porsche 911 would be at the top of our list.

Get ready for a major 911 blowout bash at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. It was on September 12 back in 1963 at this very show where Porsche unveiled its "901" painted in a rather boring shade of beige. Though drably finished, the car caused a worldwide frenzy in the budding German sports car sphere.

There have been non-stop "50th Anniversary 911" parties since January 1st in every corner of the globe. We recently attended what is likely the best of them all, a sort of hands-on driving party of every 911 generation at the very test track that makes these cars what they are - the seemingly humble circuit out behind Porsche's skunkworks at Weissach in Germany. It might be small, but it's the perfect venue for quickly wringing out both Porsches and the loose nut behind the wheel.

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