A life revolving around Porsche
There are thousands of Porsche aficionados all around the world, but we’ve met someone who takes this passion to the extreme. He dedicates practically every waking moment of his free time to Porsche, with the brand a firm fixture of almost all of his cherished mementos.
At that time, his early love of rallies led him to contemplate the success of numerous 911 units at the hands of renowned Spanish drivers like José Manuel Lencina, Eladio Doncel or Alberto Ruiz Giménez, who was nicknamed “The Bear”. From that point on, his love affair with Porsche turned into a wholehearted devotion, with his life like a series of events where the brand’s emblem always takes centre stage.
More than 1,000 Porsche models at a scale of 1:43
This is the only exception I’ve allowed myself in this collection because, for me, Porsche started with the 356 No. 1 Roadster, the brainchild of a true genius and the architect of this company, Ferry Porsche, says Alberto. Such is his admiration for this man that, on more than one occasion, Alberto has taken his family on a pilgrimage to Zell am See (Austria), a place with strong links to the Porsche name, as it’s home to the “Schüttgut” family farm where Ferry was laid to rest. The first time I went to Zell am See, I visited the cemetery in search of Ferry Porsche’s grave. I drove myself crazy going round and round in circles until I discovered that he was buried at the chapel of this family home. I said to my wife – when I die, I want my ashes to be scattered here he tells us with a smile, his wife by his side. We move over to a corner where practically all the Porsche vehicles that have taken part in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the almost 72 years of the company’s history are lined up.
Next to them, and without following such a rigorous methodology in the order, we find another pile of models of different sizes, including several Lego ones, and an endless number of objects relating to Porsche. The office chair is an original Porsche seat to which Alberto has attached arms and wheels.
In addition to paintings, backpacks, commemorative coins, banners, notebooks, wastepaper bins or pens, we found things as noteworthy as the menu from the restaurant at the Zuffenhausen factory when he went to collect his most recent 911 Turbo S. The funny thing is that that day, after having travelled by road to Stuttgart in a Cayenne with my wife, my brother and my son, we had to come home empty handed without the 911 thanks to an enormous snowfall, says this true brand ambassador. “We always travel by car so that we can easily bring back books and lots of mementos. If you’re impressed with the collection of models, you can’t leave without taking a peek inside the library which is home to hundreds of books, once again all with the common denominator that is Porsche. There are books on the history of the brand, specific models, road cars and those built for competition; about important people and, in general, on any topic related to Porsche. An impressive library If you’re impressed with the collection of models, you can’t leave without taking a peek inside the library which is home to hundreds of books, once again all with the common denominator that is Porsche. There are books on the history of the brand, specific models, road cars and those built for competition; about important people and, in general, on any topic related to Porsche.
For example, our attention was drawn to a huge, numbered biography of pilot Jacky Ickx, presented on a table, accompanied by small jars containing mementos of some of the legendary races he took part in: a tiny piece of the bodywork of a Porsche 935, a piece of rubber from a tyre used in the 12 Hours of Sebring, sand from the Tenéré desert from a Paris-Dakar, a piece of tarmac from the famous Hunaudèires straight on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit or an original part of a kerb from the Monaco Grand Prix.
The little boy peering through the window
The more than three hours we spent in this “private Porsche museum” passed by without us even realising. Alberto then remembered with nostalgia: When I was a young boy and I used to come home from college, many days I’d go past the Porsche dealership and spend ages peering through the window, never plucking up the courage to venture inside.
We went down the stairs towards the exit, stopping in front of a Porsche model with which Antonio Zanini won the European Rally Championships in 1980. I’ve become great friends with Antonio and whenever he’s in the area, he gives me a call and we get together. I have a poster here that he was sent by Porsche, with the tube that it came in, which commemorates all the champions who won that year. An heirloom that he gave to me as a gift. Antonio is like a human encyclopaedia and I really enjoy chatting with him. Alberto is also a font of knowledge on all things Porsche and the conversation really could go on right through to the early hours, but we still have a few kilometres to cover.
Jun 06, 2020 at 09:44