The Porsche Days take place at Circuit Zandvoort in Netherlands. The event at which the magic of Porsche comes to life, is bigger and more spectacular every year. Among other things, the audience is treated to a circuit parade of the most beautiful and special Porsches from the past seven decades that are still on Dutch soil. Porsche drivers can book special track-time arrangements via the Porsche24-app so that they can enjoy their own Porsche on the legendary dune circuit.
The Father: Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
The history of the Porsche company began long before Ferdinand Porsche thought of starting his own auto manufacturing business. As a young engineer, he designed the first electric/gasoline hybrid -- in 1900. Over his career, he worked with Daimler, Mercedes, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, Auto Union, and others for nearly 50 years. His independent design firm was even responsible for the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle in 1931.
The Son: Ferry Porsche
It seems appropriate that Ferry was born while his father was at a race. As he got older, he became a draftsman and test driver at his father's firm, but he was most instrumental in the design of the first ever Porsche, the 356 -- which Ferry worked on while his father spent 20 months in a prison in Dijon, France, as a war criminal. Ferry had also been arrested but was soon released. To keep the family firm afloat, he designed race cars and this first-ever Porsche sports car.
To the Nines
In 1965, Porsche ended 356 productions, but its engine lived on in the new entry-level 912. This, in turn, was replaced in 1970 by the mid-engined 914, and in 1976, the front-engined 924 with its Audi powerplant replaced the 914. The all-new 928 debuted in 1978 with a 240-hp V8. The 944, which went on sale in 1982, was based on the 924, but the new model had a Porsche-built four-cylinder engine. The supercar 959 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show, and in 1987, the 250,000th 911 rolls off the line. It's enough to make a person wish for cars with names rather than project numbers.
Three Sports Cars, two SUV and a Hyper Car
Though it builds in large numbers, Porsche has four basic models on the market: The 911, the Boxster, the Cayman, which was introduced in 2006, and the Cayenne sports SUV, which debuted in 2007. The all-new Porsche Panamera is slated to debut as a 2010 model. In 2013 appeared the last hyper car produced by Porsche: the 918 Spyder, a mid-engined plug-in hybrid sports car. The last family member is the second SUV launched in 2014, the Macan., a small version of the Cayenne.