The twelfth edition of the "Saxony Classic" car rally transforms the countryside into a museum on wheels of a special kind for three days. Around 180 classic cars from the pre- and post-war periods have registered for the round trip. The oldest dates back to 1925. The field includes three historic Porsche cars sent to Saxony by the museum of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer.
The town of Zwickau was the starting point and destination on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the scene changes to Leipzig. The stages present the most beautiful side of the east of the Federal Republic. A few examples include the classic special stage on the Sachsenring with its characteristic omega bends, trips through the Erzgebirge mountains and the Steile Wand in Meerane. The classic car rally also goes through the neighbouring states of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and to Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
Crowning moment at the Porsche "Diamond" in Leipzig
After all cars have passed the finishing line on Augustus Square in Leipzig, the crowning moment of the rally will be the ensuing awards ceremony which will take place in the Porsche "Diamond", the hallmark and customer centre of the Porsche factory in Saxony. Around 500 guests from politics, industry and the media will celebrate the traditional rally and the winners of this year's event during the evening gala. Participants will enjoy a unique view from the Diamond onto the company's own race track which hosted the trial stage with about 180 cars during the Saxony Classic two years ago.
For Porsche, special drivers will again take their places behind the wheels this year: Dr Joachim Lamla, Commercial Director of Porsche Leipzig GmbH, will drive a 911 Carrera 2.7 from 1975 together with copilot and MDR editor Maria Rothe, whereas Tim Ramms, Head of Automobil Motor Presse in Stuttgart will pilot a 911 Speedster Turbolook from 1989 together with Auto, Motor und Sport editor Katja Rudolf. The former Chief Editor of Auto, Motor und Sport, Bernd Ostmann, will start in a 356 Speedster 1600 S from 1958.
Porsche 356 A 1600 S Speedster
Porsche’s first U.S. importer Max Hoffman wants a particular kind of Porsche for
North America; he gets it in this lightweight Speedster. A distinguishing feature is the low windshield, which helps improve aerodynamics. The plastic side windows are inserted. The spartanly equipped Speedster is made with several engine versions. The center mountings of the 15-inch wheels are attractive eye-catchers.
|Power Output||75 PS (55 kW)|
|Top Speed||175 km/h|
Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7
The wolf in sheep’s clothing. The 911 Carrera 2.7 has the same engine as the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7 with the famous ducktail. Its body, however, comes from the G model introduced in the 1974 model year, and features the characteristic safety bumpers.
|Power Output||210 PS (154 kW)|
|Top Speed||230 km/h|
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2. Speedster
True to the motto of Ferry Porsche, "Driving pleasure is not achieved by comfort", Porsche presented a Speedster concept car based on the 911 Carrera at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1987, bringing back memories of the legendary 356 Speedster. In fact similar attributes which made the 356 Speedster into a legend over 30 years before were built into the 911 Carrera Speedster: a crouched silhouette due to the flat windscreen (or a folding plastic cover), sports seats and lots of driving pleasure. During its construction phase which lasted only six months, the 911 Carrera Speedster built only 2,103 times in 1989 became a true collector's item.
|Power Output||231 PS (170 kW)|
|Top Speed||245 km/h|