we estimate that around 650,000 of these are Classic Porsches,” he said. “We are reaching out to all their owners.” Collecting the classics Gathering the superb collection of Porsche Classics for the Classic Partner Launch was entrusted to Pre-Owned Sales Specialist, Ben Musu and Senior Sales Consultant Austin King. But while his encyclopaedic knowledge of the owners and whereabouts of the most important Porsches in Australia is immense, it was still a challenge. “Some owners were overseas and their Porsches were simply not available,” he said. “In other cases, the cars were undergoing restoration. Then there was the responsibility of presenting them at their best and ensuring their safety in our hands.”
A drive in the country Porsches are meant to be driven and what better way to mark the appointment of Porsche Centre Melbourne as a Porsche Classic Partner than to take a selection of older cars on a spirited drive to lunch in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Grey skies didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit as we set off for the Yarra Valley, choosing a route offering
The Classics he sourced for the evening function served as a memorable stroll down memory lane for guests. A magnificent 356 Speedster; a rare quad camshaft Carrera GT; several stunning early 911s; a magnificent all-wheel-drive twin turbo 959; a rare 911 Carrera Speedster, and so on. “So many wonderful cars in period colours,” exclaimed one guest. “Like wildflowers in spring. . . “ Memories. . . Apart from the soft jazz, the flow of Champagne, the taste of delicious espresso martinis and the superb accompanying hand-food, one of the highlights of the evening was the informal Q&A chat on the showroom stage with several well-known Porsche owners, who explained the genesis of their Classic Porsches passion.
both highway and B road driving. On approach to the elegant Oakridge winery, the sun made a welcome appearance as we arrived to a driveway lined with hay bales and Porsche Classic Partner flags. It was the perfect occasion for many of the guests with multiple Porsches at home to exercise their favourite, such as Stewart and Ingrid Webster and his son Alex and wife Sonya, who arrived in
Ignatius Oostermeyer explained how his two Classic Porsches – his 1977 911 Carrera 3.0 and 1964 356C Coupe – were “an extension of who I am. “They are a sign of good taste. They set you apart,” he said. Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Silvana Marasco, said she inherited her love of Porsches through her father and the distinctive Apple Green 911 SC he purchased new in 1978 is amongst her current and growing collection of 10 Porsches. “Design and colour are very important to me and my Porsches have that emotional connection,” she said. Austin King, who is the ‘elder statesman’ or Porsche Centre Melbourne Sales consultants and a former owner of a classic 1973 Carrera RS 2.7, said there were
their black 1958 356A Coupe and early Ice Green 3.0 litre 911 Turbo respectively. Brothers Travis and Vaughan Carlin brought Travis’s two rare 911 Targas– his Guards Red 964 and black 993-series Carrera 2 models, while Ignatius and Lori Oostermeyer arrived in Ignatius’s beloved 356C Coupe.
several cars on display that he had sold new. Amongst them was the 1979 model 3.3 Turbo still owned by serial Porsche enthusiast, Max Errington, which was displayed alongside his former 1969 Aussie Blue 9111T and red 356C Coupe. “I’m sure many of you, like me, have stories of the Porsches you should never have sold,” said Austin. The owners of the rare and beautiful Classics on display that evening were obviously not amongst them!
Below: L-R Dr Silvana Marasco, Austin King and Michael Browning
The clouds parted and the sun shone again as lunch concluded and the Classic Porsches stirred back into life and headed home again, passing on the way within a couple of kilometres of Lilydale Airfield, where the first official gathering of the Porsche Club of Victoria was staged nearly 42 years ago in 1975. A truly Classic weekend.
ISSUE 2, 2017
Official magazine of the Porsche Club of Victoria