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Porsche Crest Porsche Days - Zell am See

1st International Porsche Days - Zell am See, Austria

Finally a road trip with a purpose. After three years of getting my Targa to a point where everything is near perfect, it is now time for a serious road trip.

Budapest - Vienna - Zell am See - Stelvio Pass - Lake Garda - Venice

My son will be flying in from Chicago to spend a bit of time with us in Budapest. We will then leave for Vienna (225km) for a day touring the city, then it is off to Zell am See (385km) for the Porsche Days event.

Porsche Days Program: Home - Internationale Porsche Tage

After what looks like a great three days in Zell am See, we then head north to cross the Stelvio Pass - 10km 45 switchbacks. Once reaching the top, we will then cruise down the Italian side to Lake Garda for a night then on to Venice where will part company as he heads back to Chicago and I continue on to Budapest with my wife.

We look forward to sharing the trip with you as we go and hope you enjoy this thread as much as we hope to enjoy the trip.
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Wow, what a road trip.
That's going to be one beautiful drive! Can't wait to see your pictures.
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What an awesome trip! Good luck.
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Porsche Crest Day 1

Well, we got off to a later start than originally planned but isn't that always the case. Finally managed to hit the road around 10:30am for a fairly uneventful run to Vienna.

Traffic was fairly light once we managed to fight our way through the Budapest morning traffic and got out on the motorway. The car ran like a dream with our motorway speeds averaging about 140km/h. Over the last three years I have had the entire suspension upgraded, new Bilstein shocks, etc. and it all paid off today.

The weather was perfect - sunny, warm and not a rain cloud in sight. We pulled the top off before pulling out of the garage in Budapest and did not put it back until rolling into the Hilton garage in Vienna.

Once arriving in Vienna, we met up with my friend Dietmar for a few beers and a tour of Vienna, including Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, St. Stephens Cathedral and a host of other beautiful places. The day was wrapped up with a casual dinner before heading off to bed.

Tomorrow looks to be a very promising day with a drive along the northern base of the Austrian Alps on our way to Zell am See.




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Porsche Crest Day 2

Vienna to Zell am See (385km)

As we left Vienna on Thursday morning, the sky was overcast and gave the impression the weather could go either way. Despite that, we pulled the top off the Targa and put on our fleeces to fend off the morning chill with the hope that things would improve as the day wore on. Good news was that it did.

We were able to quickly work our way out of Vienna and onto the A2 heading south for about 60km before turning off onto the S2 near Neunkohn. Although the S2 still very much a motorway, it was far less heavily traveled than the A2 and presented a bit of variety with nice sweeping curves and the occasional tunnel as we approached the Alps.

We turned off the S2 at St. Michael after about 90km where we picked up route 113 after deciding to take smaller roads the remainder of the way to Zell am See. We made really good time on the 113 despite it being a two lane road until we hit Liezen where construction, chaos and a bit of rain slowed our progress significantly.

Once getting past Liezen, the weather improved after we picked up route 320 for a super drive away from the masses. This lasted for about 70km when we picked up route 163 at Altenmark running in almost ideal conditions all the way to Zell am See arriving just in time to pick up our registration for Porsche Days.

We quickly dumped our gear at the hotel and drove to the evening Meet & Greet reception at the Castle of Kaprun. Karl Steiner, President, Porsche Club Austria kicked off the event whcih was also attended by Dr. Wolfgang Porsche and his wife, as well as about 200-300 attendees from all over Europe and even a handfull of Americans.

It was a great day all around but Friday's agenda promises to be even better.

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Isn't the Targa the perfect car for a road trip like that?
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Porsche Crest Day 3 - The best ever!

Zell am See - Grosslockner via the Hochtor Pass - Zell am See (120km)

Friday was the best ever. Not only did it pay for the trip, it paid for the car!

We started the day early with a mist drifting through the peaks of the surrounding mountains around Zell am See. It was a short drive to the Tauern Spa in Kaprun where we met up with the other attendees for a driver's meeting before starting off on two timed stages and then a free run to the top of the Hoctor Pass on one of the best roads in Austria.

From the looks of the number of cars staged for the rally, there look to be about 175 cars participating. There were some fantastic cars from old 356's to the newest Boxsters, Caymans, 911's and even one or two Panamera's and a Cayenne. Our time slot was at 8:46:30 and as is the case with most things in Austria, we left exactly on time.

The first two stages were more about finding your way and being able to maintain your time over a fixed course. We at least found our way and managed to not get lost on the first two stages but surely blew our time. In any case, for us it was more about enjoying the cars we were ridng with and the beautiful surroundings.

We then headed south to pick up the road to the top of the Hoctor Pass through the national park. We had anticipated a nice drive but not as nice as we got. We had the top off, the sun was out and the white clouds were drifting through the mountain ridges. It could not have been more perfect.

We manged to meet up with a group of Austrians from Tirol before heading up. All three of their cars were turbos and although we stayed with them for a while, it was not long before they pulled well ahead of us. Of course, given the weather and the quality of the road, it didn't matter. We enjoyed it all the way to the top with the Targa pulling hard and sounding fantastic.

The view along the way was just spectacular with several turn-offs where you could stop to enjoy the view. Once reaching the top, we were able to look back at the last few hundred meters of hairpin turns. It was then off the other side and down to Heiligenblut for a coffee and cake at a lovely roadside cafe.

After enjoying a little conversation with our new Tirol friends and a shot of Wolfgang and his wife in their Porsche "Thing", it was then time to head back up the south side of the Grossglockner and then down the north side.

It was equally fantastic despite the fact that the majority of the run was going down and not up. We ran hard down the north side using the engine and the new vented discs to the maximum all the way down.

We even experienced a bit of tire rubbing on the left front in a few hard turns where the bigger 7" tires rubbed occasionally on the inside fender lip. No damage but it took a while to figure out what the noise was.

Once coming back into Zell am See, there was one more timed rally section which we manged to botch completely. However, at that point we really did not care as the drive was more than we had ever expected.

The final stopping point was in the center of Zell am See's walking streets where the 50 oldest cars lined up. Ours was #34 and we parked right next to a beautifully restored maroon 356. We then gathered at the Congress Center for drinks and a light lunch, then headed off for a well deserved nap after an exhaisting but terrific day.

The evening was wrapped up with a cable car ride in the Porsche Design cable car to the top of the Schmittenhohe for a beautiful panaramic view of the surrounding mountains and a terrific sunset over the Alps. We then settled down to dinner and drinks with more new friends and talk about cars we would love to own but cannot afford.

All in all - the best day ever!

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Thanks Mike for bring us along with you. Nice write up, and beautiful pictures.
What a gorgeous area for a driving get together.

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Beautiful trip, thanks for posting.
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Many thanks for taking us along for this special ride!!!

Safe travels and I hope that ya get to take the top as much as possible,
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That's awesome, thanks for sharing your pics. Looks like it was a blast.
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AMAZING! I went to Zell am see from Canada on my Honeymoon (1999) I loved it! Did you stay at the Porschehoff? Is the Porsche family farm still next door? I took a 77 911 for a "test drive" from the dealership across the street. But that was nothing like your great adventure, thanks for posting
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Great trip and pics ... thanks for sharing !
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Gentlemen, Start Your Engine!

Hello.
Great fun traveling with you by thread. Can see you are enjoying every minute. Look forward to seeing you, your pictures and hearing about your adventures.

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Beautiful drives, keep posting the pictures!
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I was in Viena last year...beautiful country..thanks for the post and I wish I was there.
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Porsche Crest Day 4

Zell am See Flugplatz - Porsche Design - Ferry Porsche's Garage

Saturday started early again - no sleep for the happy drivers!

We met at the Zell am See Flugplatz (airport for all you non-Germans) where the Concours event and slalom driving in a Boxster S took place. The setting was brilliant with bright blue skys, mountains all around and small planes taking off and landing in the background. The rest of the morning was followed by a tour of the Porsche Design studios and a tour of Ferry Porsche's car collection (sorry no pictures allowed).

The Concours was stellar with some of the most beautiful and original cars around. Everything from a 1954 Speedster to the newest decked out 911's. I will try to post as many pictures as possible but will have to do so in more than one post as this forum limits each reply to only 10 photos.

Chris had the pleasure of doing the slalom and although he did not drive over any cones, he did miss a gate or two but still came out smiling. However, still better than our new Tirol friend Frank who somehow managed to drive around the starting timer which surely deserves an award of some sort.

The good news was that most everyone was so excited to get a run in the Boxster S that it mattered little what time they had or how many cones they hit. The best time was just over 27 seconds which gave everyone at least the best 30 seconds of the day.

Following the concours and slalom, we did a tour of the Porsche Design studio, and Ferdinand Porsche's family home. The design studio was interesting but it is not where they design the cars (that is now in Stuttgart) but is where the philosophy of Porsche design is applied to products ranging from toasters to super yachts.

Although both Porsche Design and the Porsche family home were interesting, no pictures were allowed inside either facility. We did manage to snap a few photos of the outside of the family home, the garage and a beautiful 356 coupe. Foir you Indian Jones fans, the guy who gave the presentation at Porsche Design looked just like a German Harrison Ford - exactly.

The family home has a beautiful view overlooking Zell am See and the surrounding mountains. If you are interested to know what Wolfgang has in his garage now that he has acquired Ferry's collection, here is a quick inventory: three Porsche tractors, two Porsche "Things", three 356's, one 911 Club Classic, a brown Cayman, a beautiful green turbo, and a 918 Spyder. He also had a collection of Moto Guzzi motorcycles.

After wrapping up the formal agenda about 13:00, we drove to Kaprun for lunch along a fast running stream of fresh mountain run off. Once refueled - food wise - we headed north of Zell am See and then west up a valley road to Hinterglemm for cake and coffee. Tonight we are planning a to get "bombed" over dinner at the B17 bar in Zell am See which looks promising.

Tomorrow will be a long day and the highlight, if that is possible, of the trip as we head for the Stelvio Pass. Once over the Alps, we will drive down the southern side to the northern end of Lake Garda. The total run is roughly 500km and will probably put us into Lake Garde after dark but hopefully still in time for dinner and a few beers.

More later and thanks to everyone for the great replies.

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Porsche Crest Day 4 - Part 2

More pictures

The last two photos are of a Wiesmann Roadster we spotted as we were leaving the Flugplatz. Hope you enjoy some of these shots.

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Did you visit the actual Porsche family farm in Zell am See?
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