PORSCHE MUSEUM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH TARGA TASMANIA FLAG CAR HONOUR TUESDAY, MARCH 29: To honour the 10th successive year the Stuttgart Porsche Museum has entered in Targa Tasmania, the famous Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder that won the...
PORSCHE MUSEUM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH TARGA TASMANIA FLAG CAR HONOUR
TUESDAY, MARCH 29: To honour the 10th successive year the Stuttgart Porsche Museum has entered in Targa Tasmania, the famous Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder that won the 1960 Targa Florio road race is returning to Australia as the Flag Car for this year's Targa Tasmania from April 26-May 1, with the Museum's Director Klaus Bischof at the wheel.
First driven in 1996 by retired Formula One driver and Porsche sports car champion Jochen Mass, the sleek mid-engine open Porsche was the first factory-entered Porsche to participate in Targa, winning both the Outright Handicap Classification and its class.
The Stuttgart-based Museum that is the home to nearly 400 rare and historic Porsche models built over the past 58 years has entered a special sports-racing model in Targa Tasmania since 1996.
"We want to show people how good Porsches really are and to do this, we must bring cars out of the Museum and the cars must run," said Bischof.
Some other international motor sport personalities that have entered in Targa Tasmania with the Porsche Museum over the years include, dual World Rally Champion Walter Roehrl, Australian GT-Production Champion Peter Fitzgerald, international rally legend Bjorn Waldegaard and famed sports car champion, the late Bob Wollek and of course, Bischof himself.
57-year-old Bischof, the only man in the world who holds the key to 400 Porsches, has competed in Targa Tasmania six times, kicking off his Targa tenure in a 1953 356 America Roadster with navigator, and mechanic, Herrmann Reuttger.
The collection of rare and exotic Porsche Museum cars that have adorned some of Tasmania's roads also include, the Museum's potent 1983 911SC RS, an alloy-bodied 1960 356 Carrera GS/GT, the 3.0 litre 911SC 'Safari' coupe that came close to winning the tough 1978 East African Safari rally for Porsche in the hands of rally legend, Waldegaard and the unusual-looking but very fast 356B Carrera 2000GT 'Dreikantschaber' sports car that won the 1964 GT World Cup and competed at Le Mans.
"But it's also important for us that the cars run in absolutely the same condition and on similar tyres to the way they were in their prime. That's rare to find in classic and historic motorsport these days."
This year the classic RS60 will revisit Targa Tasmania. As well as giving Porsche its third Targa Florio win in 1960 in the hands of factory drivers Jo Bonnier and Edgar Herrmann, the same car went on to win the Sebring 12 Hour sports car classic and the European Hillclimb Championship that year.
But in the Spyder's new role as the Targa Tasmania Flag Car and with no roof to protect him and co-driver Dr Georg Huber from the sometimes-fickle Tasmanian elements, Bischof is naturally hoping for fine and sunny weather in their 'bathtub'.
"This is a special honour, both for a special car and for Porsche, that we want as many people as possible to see, hear and enjoy it," said Bischof.
Targa Tasmania is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.