Porsche Lovers Clubbing for 60 Years

In Porsche by Jonathan Humphrey

Porsche owners clubs have now been in existence for Sixty years. Their common goal was to “unite all Porsche drivers in friendship and comradeship”. Now there are 181k Members worldwide.


On 26 May 1952, seven passionate Porsche drivers founded the Porsche Club Hohensyburg in Westphalia, Germany. The creation of this first Porsche club has now grown into a global phenomenon. Today, the 640 officially recognised Porsche Clubs with their approximately 181,000 members from more than 75 countries constitute the world’s largest automotive sector brand club.


In the early Fifties, it was very rare to encounter a Porsche on the road. There became a sense of solidarity between Porsche owners, that has continued to this day. The Porsche Clubs’ international success story begins in 1953 with the founding of the Porsche Club Belgium. Two years later a private group of American Porsche customers, who were providing one another with technical support, spawned the Porsche Club of America, which nowadays represents the largest Porsche Club organisation in the world. And in 1961, in Great Britain, enthusiasts of the Zuffenhausen sports car brand founded the Porsche Club Great Britain, which has now developed into the largest Porsche Club organisation in Europe.

The Porsche Clubs live the Porsche brand, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Club members’ high voluntary commitment makes them important brand ambassadors and thus part and parcel of the Porsche brand. That is why the Porsche Museum is honouring the Clubs’ 60th anniversary with a special exhibition. From 26 May to 26 August 2012, the sports car manufacturer will be looking back on six decades replete with exciting club activities. Not only will Club members’ special vehicles be on show but special photographs, documents and small exhibits will also relate their personal stories and experiences.

In addition, all museum visitors will be invited to select the most beautiful exhibit as part of a “Concours d’Elegance”. The choice is between twelve different vehicles, including the twelfth Porsche 356 produced in Zuffenhausen, a Porsche 968 Turbo S and a Porsche 911 Turbo Targa. Dr. Wolfgang Porsche as well will be providing a rare vehicle from his private collection for the special exhibition: a 911 Turbo S (993). Moreover, a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT will be on show, as will a Porsche 911 S “Club Coupé” that was brought out in a limited edition of 50 units exclusively for American Club members to mark the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America.

This year the museum shop is offering some special items – the new volume “60 years of Porsche Clubs” by in-house publisher “Edition Porsche Museum” a history of Porsche Clubs. The book gives the reader image soy the best club moments over the years. There is also a metal “grill badge” for the Clubs’ 60th anniversary. An anniversary pin is also available.

The Porsche Museum open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am – 6pm, Additional information is available online


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