Visiting Audi & Porsche museums and the Donau Classic
In 2011 I was invited by my father to a travel to the south of Germany. This would be our boys’ trip to visit the grand automanufacturer’s museums. He’s been on the Audi route since getting his Audi 100 back in ’92, and V.A.G. is what I have grown up with. With all this work here at ableitet.no, I have long time wanted to do this writeup/gallery. Here is a look (exactly) 10 years back in time.
Museum Mobile, Ingolstadt
First up was driving to Ingolstadt and Audi’s Museum Mobile. BAM! What first met us in the piazza was a parked ex-David Sutton rallye Sport Quattro all by itself. As luck would have it, this very day was rigging for the Donau Classic rallye going through Altstadt Ingolstadt. More on that later on. When Audi Tradition then decided to do warm-ups with said rallye Sport, oh lord that is an aural memory for life!
Well inside the Audi Forum Ingolstadt, reception informed us about the guest exhibition at Museum Mobile was something related to Lamborghini, and a lot of specials were at display. I have checked in retrospect, it was named Wunschwirklichkeitsmaschinen.
I interpret that as dream-reality-maschines or wish-reality-maschines, which seems somewhat true, considering it consisted of 400 GT Monza, 400 GT Flying Star II, Miura S (series), Countach LP 400 (series), “ur-Diablo” (P132), Diablo roadster studie, Cala, Acosta (P147), Canot (P147), Concept S and a Murciélago LP 640 Versace.
The Museum Mobile itself is a bit of a static collection, with some changes on the paternoster. I’m not surprised if some of these are ‘old news’ as they are already circulating the internet by others. There are however some nice specials, like the old Audi RS2 limo (IN-C 2246), the ‘Quartz’ Quattro design suggestion, or the Audi Roadjet.
The Donau Classic rallye
Finishing our rounds, and a short lunch later, the Donau Classic entrants started arriving in the piazza. It is an open historic rallye, meaning different brands. And, classic cars never hurt any autophile.
Besides the wide variety of private entrants, Audi Tradition had also brought out some of their goodies. A racing 80 quattro (IN-NN 22), a Sport Quattro and their red Quattro. At the time, a grand blue RS6 made an impression for a Norwegian youngster.
When I look at these photos now though, I realize there were many treats in here. Might be from me maturing too. The 80 quattro though, is not a car I’ve seen Audi Tradition promote much. Racing silver Porsche 356 can’t go wrong either.
Audi Forum, Neckarsulm
Further west, south of Frankfurt am Main, Audi Neckarsulm holds a smaller museum. It did hold some more NSU items on display than Museum Mobile.
Downstairs is a customer handover section. This seems also to be reflected on the more modern era selection of cars – in great colors – on display. Not sure, but I imagine Audi Sport also was at the premises.
Porsche Museum, Stuttgart
A short(ish) drive south of Neckarsulm, you’ll find yourself in Stuttgart. And oh boy have Porsche created themselves quite the architectural and automobile experience par none!
You’d be living under a rock if you had no idea about Porsche. Regardless of brand preference, with Porsche’s strong heritage and efforts done in running their classics, a visit is highly fascinating and something I strongly recommended.