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Famous Porsche racing models make rare appearance at Porsche Centre Dubai’s Open DayLegendary Porsche Museum Classics visit the Middle East

Dubai. Classic automobile lovers in Dubai are in for a treat. Some of the most famous racing models ever built, including Porsche’s first car designed for motorsport more than half a century ago, make a rare public appearance on the 6th of November at Porsche Centre Dubai.

The cars are being flown to the UAE from their permanent home at the state-of-the-art Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, where they are displayed among 80 rare and historical vehicles. The exhibition of six sports heritage highlights here in Dubai is initiated as part of the current Marketing campaign themed “Genetic Code”, demonstrating Porsche’s DNA and exceptional engineering skills.

Following the timeline, the first exhibition model will be the famous 550 Spyder 1954 "Carrera Panamericana", which launched six decades of Porsche motorsport history and gave birth to the famous Carrera marque. It earned its now legendary nickname with a stunning performance in the Carrera Panamericana, the toughest road race in the world at that time.

The star of the show for many will undoubtedly be the 1971 Porsche 917 KH Coupé which has a prominent place in the manufacturer’s impressive racing history. The 917 KH Porsche claimed its first ever overall win at Le Mans in 1970 when drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Atwood crossed the finish line after completing 343 laps. This debut was followed by 15 further overall victories in the world’s most prestigious endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Joining the classic line-up in Dubai will be a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7. This model is often regarded as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It has the same engine as the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7 with the famous ducktail, but its body comes from the G model introduced in 1974 and features the characteristic safety bumpers.

Sharing the Open Day stage will be a 936 Spyder which ranks among the most successful Porsche racing cars of all time. Developed specifically for the World Sports Car Championship, the 936 became the first turbo engine Porsche to win at Le Mans three times (1976, 1977, 1981).

Porsche reached another racing milestone in 1984 when René Metge won the famous Paris-Dakar in a Porsche 911 specifically modified for this gruelling challenge. It was the first Porsche 911 with four-wheel drive and thus the predecessor of the Carrera 4 and will be part of this unique display.

Another highlight for automotive enthusiasts is the 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 which will complete the line-up in the showroom. This car marked the manufacturer’s 50th anniversary in style by scoring a double victory at Le Mans in 1998. Powered by a six-cylinder Boxer Turbo engine with a top speed of 350 km/h, the 911 GT1 98 was the first Porsche racing car with an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre chassis.

Porsche Centre Dubai, Al Nabooda Automobiles LLC, will host an Open Day on the 6th of November 2010 at the Porsche showroom located on Sheikh Zayed Road. The exhibition is open from 12 to 6pm. All visitors are welcome.

10/25/2010