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The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Weekly Preview

70 Years Of The Iconic Porsche 365:

The name Porsche has become synonymous over the decades with high performance sports cars and iconic design. Seven decades ago in the small village of Gmünd, Austria, the first car to bear the Porsche name was born. The Porsche 356/1 Roadster was powered by a 1.1-liter air-cooled flat-four engine from Volkswagen. The engine’s power was increased to 35 horsepower for the 356 which enabled a top speed of 83 mph.

In the years that followed, numerous iterations of the 356 would evolve into icons. From the Speedster to the Continental, the rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 356 gained a reputation for lively handling, dynamic capability, and revolutionary style. This year at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering more than 20 Porsche 356s will grace the lawn to celebrate 70 years of Ferry Porsche’s dream.

“I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of. So I decided to build it myself.” – Ferry Porsche

Sir Jackie Stewart:

Sir Jackie Stewart will be attending The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this year as a guest of Rolex. He won the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco three times between 1966 and 1973. Nicknamed the “Flying Scot,” he is considered one of the greatest drivers ever to set foot in a Formula 1 car. Off the track, he became a passionate advocate of driver safety in motorsport.

“The Quail is very special. It’s intimate, it has style and the collection of cars is more diverse than even Pebble Beach,” said Stewart. “Every year I see cars that I have never seen before and in such a relaxed and spacious setting, you really are able to admire them up close alongside true motoring enthusiasts and specialists. Rolex’s involvement just adds to the event’s unique charm. Everybody wants to be here.”

Culinary Spotlight- Local Wine at The Quail:

In addition to the delicious culinary offerings at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering several local wineries will be offering their vintages to attendees. Talbott Vineyards was established in 1982 when Robb Talbott planted his original Diamond T Estate vineyard in the Carmel Valley. Talbott Logan Pinot Noir and Talbott Logan Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay will both be available at The Quail. Cambiata Pinot Noir and Albarino, J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay and Seven Oaks Cabernet, as well as offerings from Bernardus will be featured at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

VW Campervans

The Volkswagen Camper Van has been a cult classic for decades and has a broad fan base all around the world. Publishers Delius Klasingintroduce Box on Wheels: Extraordinary VW Camper Vans, a book that displays a collection of the maddest, baddest, funniest, nicest and strangest camper vans on the planet.

When Norbert Nettekoven put this book together he wasn’t interested in immaculately restored collector’s pieces but rather born-again rust buckets, lowered street racers and stretch limos. This eclectic collection of campervans will blow your mind.

The August Horch Museum

December 2017

 

The August Horch Museum, birthplace of Audi, Undergoes a Beautiful Expansion in Saxony’s Zwickau Highlighting Hands-On Tune Ups and New Old Cars

In the charming city of Zwickau in Saxony, the August Horch Museum has added a beautiful new expansion of its building to include room for post-war history, special exhibitions, education and the chance to tune your own Trabant! This 25-year old museum honors over 100 years of car manufacturing in Saxony.  Even to this day, state-of-the-art car manufacturing in Saxony astonishes visitors from the futuristic Porsche Factory outside of Leipzig to the Transparent Factory in Dresden that highlights Volkswagen’s latest technical designs. 

Just over 25 years ago, the August Horch Museum opened its doors to the public in the charming city of Zwickau in Germany’s state of Saxony. The museum is the birthplace of Audi and a treasure in Zwickau, the fourth largest town in Saxony, only one hour and fifteen minutes from Leipzig and Dresden where Porsche, BMW and Volkswagen sport state-of-the-art manufacturing centers.

The August Horch Museum is located in the original Audi factory which turned out mainly small cars such as the Trabant in the times of the GDR. After Volkswagen had built a new, state of the art facility in the Zwickau suburb of Mosel, the factory was shut down and reopened as a car museum. While the previous museum building is now fully dedicated to the times before World War II, the new 38,000 square foot addition looks into the post-war history.

The new addition was created in an existing building originally built in 1910 as another part of the former Audi factory. Old and “new” are connected with a modern glass foyer.  It houses an extended education facility for which the museum is already very well-regarded; a new restaurant; space for special exhibitions; and an exciting hands-on center where visitors can view the production of the original Trabant and even tune up their own Trabant that picturesquely sits next to an original East German “Datsche,” or cottage. Visitors can also have a seat at a race of the “Silver Arrows,” the legendary Auto Union racing cars. The museum offers personally guided tours in English as well as an audio guide in English. It is recommended to reserve for the tours in advance. The guided tours also include a visit to August Horch’s villa, located on the factory grounds.

The history of Horch is interesting and relevant for today’s knowledge of car making in Germany and Saxony. Over one hundred years ago on May 10, 1904, August Horch, founded his initial company, Horch, but he was some years later fired by his business partners. Due to his excellent reputation as an engineer, however, he was able to raise enough money to build a new factory right next to the old Horch factory. He called his new company “Horch,” too, but was quickly forced by the lawyers from his old company to change its name and therefore he turned to the name, “Audi,” which is the Latin translation of Horch meaning to listen. So, the first Audi was born in Zwickau in 1910.  Eventually Audi merged with three other Saxon brands establishing “Auto Union” also headquartered in Chemnitz. The new company’s famous logo, the four interlinking circles, represented the four different brands Horch (Germany’s no. 1 luxury car brand at that time, outselling Mercedes by 3:1), Audi, Wanderer (medium-sized cars) and DKW (two-stroke-engined small cars, also the largest manufacturer of motorbikes in the world). Auto Union was the second-largest car manufacturer in Germany after GM-owned Opel.

The August Horch Museum will continue to maintain highly informative exhibits that address the development of cars in Saxony but also the social and political context of car manufacturing. The permanent exhibition starts with the opening of the Horch factory featuring a large green Horch from 1911. It then proceeds through the years with 70 cars ranging from pre-war models made by the four Auto Union companies – including the oldest surviving Audi – to products from the Communist times including the Trabant and prototypes of highly competitive designs that the Zwickau factory was not allowed to put into production. The Trabant, lovingly called “Trabi,” is now a treasured keepsake for many Germans, with 30,000 vehicles still on the road.

Today, three leading German automotive manufacturers have plants in Saxony: Volkswagen, Porsche and BMW as well as component suppliers, all of which make car manufacturing an important part of Saxony’s economy.

In the center of Dresden, Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory is a unique manufacturing and cultural center that formerly produced the top luxury Phaeton. Today, the Transparent Manufactory is a showcase for the Volkswagen brand’s electric mobility and digitalization. Around 50 interactive exhibits and vehicles allow visitors to experience future mobility first-hand in a fun and informative environment. The highlight for visitors is a half-hour test drive with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The test drive is included in the ticket price for the Transparent Factory and, if pre-booked, is also offered on Sundays. Only a ten minute walk from Dresden’s old city, the facility is well-integrated into the personality of the city emphasizing the wonderful contrast between history and the future, old and new buildings, classical and modern architecture.

In Leipzig, the Porsche factory’s customer service center looks like a futuristic round spaceship alighting on the horizon. One approaches through an enormous entrance to a staged and storied facility that includes an event space and museum quality cars. There is a state-of-the-art manufacturing building where Porsche’s SUVs and the Panamera are built, as well as a race track and a mud track. Everything is open for groups to see and tour, to test drive and to buy. The Porsche Co-Pilot combines a factory tour with an exciting co-driving experience in one of three different Porsches followed by a delicious four course meal or brunch overlooking the facility’s race track and grounds. Also in Leipzig, BMW’s plant is exclusively making the i3 and i8 electric cars, amongst other models. Its central building is an award-winning design by star architect Zaha Hadid. Last but not least, Volkswagen announced that its Zwickau plant will switch to the production of electric vehicles. All in all, the Horch Museum and the state of the art automobile manufacturing and test centers are yet another reason to visit the beautiful and historic state of Saxony.