No less than twelve vehicles tackle the Ennstal Classic for the Porsche squad from 16 to 18 July in the mountainous Styria region.
Taking on the challenge is actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey. The American recently notched up the greatest achievement of his racing career scoring second place in the GTE-Am class at the Le Mans 24 Hours with his Dempsey Proton Racing squad. Also joining the action is Richard Lietz, who signed on as a Porsche works driver in 2007 and has to date claimed three Le Mans class wins. Lietz teams up with co-driver Angelique Kerber for the three-day event, Germany’s current number one tennis player.
Impressive scenery. Porsche 550 Spyder at Ennstal-Classic.
The Porsche grid lineup is not only unique in terms of the drivers: the vehicles that will tackle this important car racing event are extraordinary classics that represented the benchmark of development and technology in their day.
Several rarities are amongst the vehicles from the Porsche Museum. Dr Wolfgang Porsche takes the wheel of a 356 B Carrera 2 Cabriolet of which only 34 were built. The 550 Spyder that Patrick Dempsey and Bernhard Maier will navigate through the Alpine region secured a class victory at the Carrera Panamericana in the year 1954. Up until it tackles the Ennstal Classic, the vehicle is an integral part of the exhibition of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Walter Röhrl contests the Racecar Trophy at the wheel of the “Grandmother”. In the past, the 718 W-RS Spyder competed in the Targa Florio four times, raced at the 1000 km on the Nürburgring three times and crossed the finish line at Le Mans twice.