A Palette of Porsches

An Unforgettable Carhuna & Coffee Morning at JZM Porsche

Carhuna teamed up with JZM Porsche, one of its endorsement partners, to host an exceptional Carhuna & Coffee event this past September. The event was noteworthy, not only for the quality of the cars on display, but also for the atmosphere it carried throughout the day. Held at JZM Porsche’s infamous showroom, the event saw a turnout of around 150 guests—ranging from high-profile enthusiasts to Porsche owners and JZM clients, along with the Carhuna team and founders. The atmosphere was laid-back yet lively, offering a perfect setting for relaxed conversations amongst the who’s who of the UK Porsche scene.

Porsches at the Carhuna & Coffee Morning at JZM Porsche

A Rainbow of Paint To Sample Porsches

But let’s get down to the real stars of the show—the cars. This event wasn’t just any regular car meet; it was a one-of-a-kind gathering of Paint To Sample (PTS) Porsches, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the UK for quite some time.

From the lesser seen Brewster Green shades on a 991 Speedster, 718 GT4, and ex UK press 997 Turbo S, to the ever more popular Oak Green hue gracing a 992 Touring and another 718 GT4, the cars were nothing short of breathtaking. Each vehicle was displayed according to its colour, making for a visually spectacular array.

Paint to Sample Porsches

The Meissen Blue on a 991 Speedster contrasted beautifully with the Dark Sea Blue of a 992 Touring, while a Viola 992 GT3 provided a pop of unexpected intensity, courtesy of JZM owner, Russ. Fans of earthier tones were not left out, with a Bitter Chocolate 2.7 MFI, that was being offered at auction on Carhuna, and an Ocean Blue 992 Sport Classic also making appearances. And let’s not forget the vibrant Riviera Blue 997 4.0 that had heads turning and cameras snapping all day.

Beautiful array of Paint to Sample Porsches

An Event to Remember

JZM played the perfect host by displaying their own line-up of cars and making sure every detail of the event was fine-tuned to suit the expectation of the Porsche community. The reception from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive; guests were thoroughly impressed by the dazzling array of PTS Porsches, with many stating that they were blown away by the sheer variety and rarity of colours on show.

The opportunity to be a part of this unique event, surrounded by an unmatched collection of vehicles and like-minded enthusiasts, was invigorating in its own right.

In closing, the Carhuna Coffee and JZM Porsche event stands as a testament to the power of community in the automotive industry. It was not just about the cars; it was about connecting people through a shared love of exceptional cars and great coffee.

If you missed this one, make sure to keep an eye out for future Carhuna events. If this gathering was any indication, you won’t want to miss what’s next.

Carhuna and coffee Porsche event photos

From the “Pink Pig” to the world’s fastest “hippie”

2023/06/05 | Stuttgart | Motorsports | Press Release

The Porsche 963 special design in detail: The Colours of Le Mans

·         Three Porsche Penske Motorsport works cars sport a special design

·         Colour stripes pay tribute to the legendary liveries of Porsche racing cars

·         Paintwork celebrates the 75th anniversary of Porsche sports cars and the Le Mans centenary

 

The Porsche Penske Motorsport works team showcases a spectacular foil wrap on its three Porsche 963 cars to mark this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The designs pay tribute to historically significant motor racing colours and acknowledge the joint celebration of the 75th anniversary of Porsche sports cars and the 100th year since the tradition-steeped event was first contested in France. The colours of sponsors such as Martini, Rothmans and Gulf as well as the iconic designs like the “Pink Pig” and “hippie” have been recaptured – through to the red of the Porsche Salzburg team. They all honour glorious and spectacular performances at the greatest and most historic long-distance race in the world.

Stuttgart. Seven distinctive stripes in yellow, red, dark blue, light blue, green, pink and orange adorn the three Porsche 963 entered in the Hypercar class at Le Mans. These colours pay tribute to legendary racing car liveries from the company’s long and illustrious history. Thanks to 19 overall victories and 110 class wins, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer at the world’s greatest endurance race, which celebrates its centenary this year.

Orange: the Gulf 917 as a movie star and podium visitor at Le Mans
The orange stripes on the Porsche 963 are a nod to the legendary Gulf design of the Porsche 917. As the previous year’s winners, the British squad John Wyer Automotive Engineering switched to the swift prototypes from Zuffenhausen in 1970, and brought the mineral oil company along as a sponsor. Although the three vehicles fielded by the team retired early that year, everyone was talking about the Gulf Porsche: The American Hollywood star Steve McQueen, who plays the character Michael Delaney, drove the blue and orange racer in the film Le Mans, which is still popular today and considered one of the finest motor racing depictions in history. Before the spectacularly staged duel between Porsche and Ferrari hit the screens in October 1971, the Gulf Porsche clinched a podium spot at Le Mans. Richard Attwood from the UK and Herbert Müller from Switzerland finished second overall in the 917 KH powered by the 4.9-litre twelve-cylinder engine. Almost 50 years later, the Gulf design adorned a Porsche 911 RSR in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC and several Porsche 911 GT3 R at the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps.

Pink: the legendary “pig” unlucky in the race
In 1971, the Porsche 917/20 delighted fans, drivers and officials at Le Mans. Porsche designer Anatole Lapine sketched the butchers’ cuts of pork on a basecoat of pink and labelled them accordingly: snout, ham, pork knuckle and brain. Endearing nicknames were quick to appear. The car driven by Willi Kauhsen and Reinhold Joest was dubbed, among other things, the “truffle hunter from Zuffenhausen”. Ultimately, the term “Sau” prevailed in German-speaking countries, while in English, the vehicle got the name “Pink Pig”. In 1971, the meaty vehicle failed to perform in sporting terms: while running in fifth place, Kauhsen/Joest retired shortly before the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the revival of the livery, the situation improved: the Porsche 911 RSR decked out in the “Pink Pig” design scored the GTE class win at the Sarthe in 2018 with works drivers Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor.

Green: Porsche’s new chief designer given complete freedom with the “hippie”
In April 1969, Anatole Lapine was hired as the new chief designer at Porsche. Just one year later, the native-born Latvian made his first artistic mark in motorsport with the long-tail Porsche 917 driven by Gérard Larrousse and Willi Kauhsen: the green and purple waves painted on the “hippie” car with around 1,500 spray cans created a psychedelic effect. While the paintwork caused some consternation in parts of the executive floor, racing team owner Hans-Dieter Dechent and those responsible for his sponsor Martini & Rossi were thrilled. The fast “hippie” also made waves in the motor racing scene: while Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood achieved the first overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans in 1970, Larrousse/Kauhsen secured second place.

Light blue: The Martini-Porsche and the record run for almost an eternity
In 1970, Hans-Dieter Dechent deployed his team for the first time at Le Mans with the Italian spirits brand Martini. Porsche locked out the podium, with the “hippie” 917 of Larrousse/Kauhsen and the 908 driven by Lins/Marko finishing second and third behind the winning vehicle from Porsche Salzburg. The breakthrough came the following year: Austrian Helmut Marko and Dutchman Gijs van Lennep won in the Porsche 917 KH fielded by the Martini Racing team. The duo set a distance record that seemed inconceivable at the time: the 5,335 kilometres they covered were considered a record for eternity – one that was only broken 39 years later. The livery of the white Porsche with the eye-catching light blue, red and dark blue stripes still enjoys cult status today. For example, it also adorned the Porsche 936 of Jacky Ickx and Gijs van Lennep, which netted overall victory at Le Mans in 1976. The third triumph followed a year later: Jürgen Barth, Hurley Haywood and Jacky Ickx won at the wheel of a Porsche 936/77 flying Martini colours.

Dark blue: The Porsche 956 and 962 in Rothmans design influence an era
The Rothmans design with its dark blue and white with red and gold accents is associated with a winning streak for Porsche. The first outing of the works team in partnership with the Canadian tobacco group caused a sensation: the three Porsche 956 that contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1982 swept the pool with first, second and third place. The closest pursuer in this group was 30 laps behind. The following year they notched up a one-two victory. In the sports car world championship at that time, the Rothmans Porsche proved unbeatable. In 1986 and 1987, the Porsche 962C featuring this livery crossed the finish line first in the world’s most famous long-distance classic. About 30 years later, Porsche revived the legendary paint job at Le Mans. In 2018, the Porsche 911 RSR sporting the Rothmans look set a new qualifying record for GTE cars. The vehicle finished the race in second place in its class behind its sister car in the “Pink Pig” livery.

Red: Porsche Salzburg calls the tune as the second works team
After narrowly missing out on clinching the first overall victory for Porsche with a 908 LH by only about 120 metres at the debut of the 917 at Le Mans the previous year, the sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen doubled down in the 1970 season: the name of the game was full attack with three cars from John Wyer’s new works team, plus others registered under Porsche Salzburg. These vehicles flew the red and white national colours of Austria. While Ferry Porsche waved the green flag and sent the field on its way on Saturday, June 13, 1970, his sister Louise Piëch handled the business side of the Salzburg team. The race at that time, which discarded the classic Le Mans start for the first time, was contested under the most difficult conditions. Torrential rain caused countless accidents, spins and slides. In the end, only seven of the 57 vehicles entered were classified. At the head of the field: Richard Attwood from the UK and the extremely careful and level-headed Hans Herrmann from Germany sharing the cockpit of the No. 23 Porsche 917 KH. The pair secured the first overall victory at Le Mans for Porsche with a commanding five-lap lead.

Yellow: Memories of Porsche and Penske’s glory days together
The centrally-positioned yellow stripe with a red border was inspired by the victorious past of the Porsche and Penske combination. The collaboration between the US team and the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart bore fruit in the early 1970s: two titles in the CanAm series. Even more impressive were the performances of the Porsche RS Spyder decked out in the yellow and red livery of the main sponsor DHL in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The LMP2 prototype swept the title pool between 2006 and 2008 and achieved 24 victories. The unforgettable high point: overall victory at the Sebring 12 Hours in 2008. Germany’s Timo Bernhard and his French teammates Romain Dumas and Emmanuel Collard even beat the more powerful LMP1 vehicles. At Le Mans, the RS Spyder won the LMP2 class twice, in 2008 and 2009. In these cases, however, without Penske.

This information is from Porsche Newsroom who JZM subscribe to.
Further information, film and photo material in the Porsche Newsroom: newsroom.porsche.com

The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces and Instagram @porsche.motorsport as well as @porschepenskemotorsport provide live updates from Porsche Penske Motorsport with the latest information from racetracks around the world.

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