Making time for legends

Posted on 09. Aug, 2018 by in Porsche Canada

A vast ensign temperament a difference “The Legend Moves On” hangs over a quarrel of lonesome vehicles. Nothing stirs in this stern industrial building. But a silhouettes offer a guarantee of speed – if they were usually liberated from their tarpaulins. Bernd Stadler takes a charge in hand. A apt movement, a whoosh of a cover, and a Saturn Yellow Metallic colour of his Porsche 914 gleams in a grey of a bureau hall. And there’s a glimmer in Stadler’s eye, too. The automobile is his winter project. He is in a routine of restoring a engine. Needless to say, it is an air-cooled prosaic engine. Because this building on a hinterland of Weissach is home to a “Freunde Luftgekühlter Boxermotoren”, or FLB for short.


Bernd Stadler, Porsche 914, Weissach, 2018, Porsche AG

Bernd Stadler’s Porsche 914 in Saturn Yellow Metallic

It is a largest works sports group during Porsche, with roughly 600 members. They are all tide or former Porsche employees, including Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Matthias Müller, Oliver Blume, Hans Mezger, Norbert Singer and Walter Röhrl. Oliver Berg and Bernd Stadler act as chairmen. To join a club, we don’t indeed need to possess a automobile with an air-cooled prosaic engine. According to Berg, “A passion for air-cooled prosaic engines is all that we ask for”. And this passion serves as a ideal substructure for achieving what a works sports group sees as a mission; to safety generations of air-cooled engines – from a VW Beetle as a progenitor by to a 911 models of a 993 generation. It does this by building a network of believe and believe and flitting on a company’s culture, as good as socialising and (of course) pushing together.

The air-cooled prosaic engine has been a focal indicate for a Porsche code ever given Ferry Porsche commissioned a performance-enhanced Beetle engine in his 356-001. The inlet of a pattern – dual rows of hostile cylinders – means that a prosaic engine runs impossibly uniformly and boasts glorious trustworthiness and a low centre of gravity, as good as high revving ability interjection to a standing as a short-stroke engine. And what’s more, it’s fast. As proven by large victories chalked adult for Porsche on a competition track. Or by a comprehensive trustworthiness for that a Beetle is so famous. Fans of air-cooled engines also value their pure, sheer and perspicacious staccato sound. It positively stirs a emotions. This is maybe since a works sports group has captivated so many members.


Freunde Luftgekühlter Boxermotoren, 2018, Porsche AG

Fans of prosaic engines had been in strike on an spontaneous groundwork for many years, with events organized essentially by Thorsten Klein, who was obliged for conceptualizing a interior of a 918. They met during a plantation that Oliver Berg used to possess in Möttlingen, where a air-cooled engines – trimming from a Beetle and a derivatives by to a Porsche 911 S Targa from 1975 – would line adult in a barn. The works sports group was founded in autumn 2010 as a judicious successive step, not slightest since it was around this time that Berg met a like-minded essence in a form of Bernd Stadler, who was peaceful to take on some of a organisational duties. It was also during this time that Matthias Müller, who had a sold seductiveness in emphasising a tighten links between past and present, took over as Chairman of a Executive Board during Porsche. The bar was an clear success; within only one year, a register of members had grown to 270.

Over 30 member-owned vehicles wait their successive adventure

Herbert Linge was one of a owner members. He assimilated Porsche in 1943 as an neophyte before operative as a racing automechanic and driver, and finally as a plant manager during a Weissach Development Centre.  For decades, Linge – who will shortly applaud his 90th birthday – has been pushing an air-cooled 911 Targa built in 1976. Back in 2012, it was Linge’s mother Lilo who initial found out about a stern industrial building covering an area of 1600 m2 on a northern hinterland of Weissach. She contacted a city hall. Shortly afterwards, a long-term franchise was signed, and a bar had found a home.

They set adult a automobile storage gymnasium where a four-wheeled members of a bar can rest their wheels, and where over 30 member-owned vehicles now wait their successive adventure. Oliver Berg’s grey 356 stands out in a quarrel made mostly by 911 silhouettes, though that also includes a singular involuntary Beetle in beige and dual VW Campers. “The income we make from renting out a parking spaces covers a cost of leasing out a whole building”, explains Oliver Berg.


Oliver Berg, Bernd Stadler, l-r, Weissach, 2018, Porsche AG

A demeanour into a friends’ gymnasium

The gymnasium successive doorway is dominated by 4 sturdy-looking lifting platforms. This is a workshop, that is a ideal plcae for repairs, restorations and more. At one end, Stadler’s 914 is watchful patiently underneath a “Legend” ensign for a engine, that with any fitness will shortly be overhauled. At a other finish is a disembowelled VW T2b that still needs many hours of welding and grinding. Behind it lies a workroom and an enclosed space with an descent complement for silt blasting. This is where Stadler is overhauling a 1.7-litre engine for his 914. He is regulating seminar apparatus that is no longer indispensable by a Development Centre, though that – as Berg emphasises – has been relocated in correspondence with auditing requirements.

The groundwork houses a group’s crowning glory: a 150-m2 bar residence where a members can accommodate together “in their healthy environment”, says Berg with a grin. There are several groups of chairs, a dilemma sofa, shelves, potion cabinets, a wood-burning stove, a list football list and a bar, that carries a name “0.8 Bar” – a anxiety to a boost vigour of a initial 911 Turbo from 1974. The walls of a hall are ornate with Porsche posters, musical images of vehicles from a 356 to a 911, racing suits and drawings of competition tracks. Visitors can also see a club’s motto: “25 years of feat in a many superb form”. And a arrangement is finished by a autographs of racing drivers such as Jo Siffert or Brian Redman. A tiny library is filled with books on applicable topics. “Our aim is to fill a place with Porsche history”, explains Stadler.


Herbert Linge, Oliver Berg, Bernd Stadler, l-r, Weissach, 2018, Porsche AG

The FLB have monthly bar evenings

That means a small work is compulsory here and there. Herbert Linge praises a appetite of a younger members of a club: “They do a shining job. Even comparison heads of dialect aren’t fearful to brush a floor”. In fact, a pretension of “Friends” seems to be taken utterly literally.

This becomes utterly clear during a monthly bar evenings or on a trips when adult to 100 vehicles with air-cooled engines strike a road. The bar residence gets generally swarming during a film evenings and presentations that are hold adult to 6 times a year. People such as Linge who gifted a heyday of prosaic engines tell stories of things that seemed utterly typical behind thereafter though would be inconceivable today. Like a time in 1954 when they gathering a racing automobile from Zuffenhausen to Le Mans, finished a race, and thereafter gathering it behind again afterwards.

“The 550 Spyder only wouldn’t fit on a trailer with a other vehicles”, explains Linge with a laugh, and adds: “I can’t get over a fact that a younger era is so meddlesome in a Carrera Panamericana or a Le Mans of a 1950s”.

One reason competence be a allure of a analogue in a digital world. It acts as a counterpoint, highlighting a fast values that offer as a beam even as a everlasting tide of new innovations appears over a horizon. The dual chairmen are maybe a best instance of this principle. During a day, they secure a company’s destiny – Berg as Manager Motorsport GT Model Line, and Stadler as Manager Exklusive Manufaktur. “But once a work is finished for a day, we douse ourselves in a enlightenment of Porsche”, says Berg. And they request their efforts, too: “We film each display and a successive QA session. It’s critical that a believe common here is not lost”, says Stadler. After all, legends don’t mount still. They pierce on.

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