Stuttgart. Again this year, Porsche is going to send its rolling brand ambassador to Italy in order to drive in the legendary Mille Miglia vintage car rally: Two Porsche 550 Spyder and 356 Coupé vehicles each as well as a 356 Speedster will be on the track from May 16 to May 19, 2013. Racing legend Hans-Joachim Stuck, two-time winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans and DTM champion, will drive a special model built in 1954. The most impressive feature of this model version of the 356, also known as “Knickscheibe” (bent window), is a windshield without middle bar, used for the first time then.
The Porsche brand celebrated some of its greatest successes in car racing on the thousand-mile course in the 1950s. A Porsche 356 won in its class as early as 1952, and the GT victory of Hans Herrmann in the 550 Spyder in 1954 marked one of the greatest successes of the Stuttgart-based sports car maker to this very day. Still today, the contest runs over the prettiest streets in Italy, from Brescia to Rome and back – and still constitutes a challenge to vehicles and drivers alike, because the 1,600 kilometres are to be driven in only 3 days and they run mostly through diverse weather zones.