A chance to put yourself in Porsche's shoes


Fancy following in the footsteps of one the most famous names in the automotive business? Visitors to this year’s Porsche Swap Treffen in Germany had the chance to do just that if they snapped up a pair of shoes that were once worn by Ferry Porsche, son of marque founder Ferdinand.

The patent leather footware could have been yours for a cool €1200 at the annual parts fair on 12 November at Schnordorf’s Arnold-Areal Galerie some 30km east of Stuttgart.

The shoes were a highlight of a raft of marque-related parts and memorabilia, from engine lid grilles, steering wheels and badges, to toys, books and posters – plus an abundance of body panels and engine parts for the 356, 911 and other Porsche models.

More than 40 marque dealers from five countries took part, including UK-based specialist Karmann Konnection, in the autojumble, which pays homage to Paul Ernst Strähle (1927-2010), son of the Swabian aviation mogul Paul Strähle.

Paul Ernst was a devote Porsche driver and, among others, claimed class wins on the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.


Mario Laguna

Hi Graeme, thanks for the interesting piece on Schnordorf. Nice photos too. The 1957 356 Carrera (main pic) was one of Paul Ernst Strähle's favourites.
Please allow me a few words on Ferry's shoes.
As you know, they were (an still are) many famous Ferdinands in the Porsche family:
- Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951), "the father"
- Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche (1909-1998), "the son"
- Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche (1935), "the grand son"
and still another one named after his gand father:
- Ferdinand Piëch (Porsche), (1937), son of Ferry's sister.
Ferdinand Porsche "the faher" was not the marque founder.
The marque founder was Ferry, not his father. Therefore it is not accurate to say:
" worn by Ferry Porsche, son of marque founder Ferdinand".


Wow this is great!How I wish  I could be one of  those famous names in the auto market.I admire a lot Porsche for the success they committed to the our industry.In fact, Porsche declared designs this week at the 2011 LA Auto show that it is planning to construct a 53-acre Experience Center in the city of Carson in the Los Angeles Basin. Sort of theme park for speed-loving gear-heads with disposable income, the Experience Center will feature a test track, a consumer delivery center, a gymnasium, a restaurant and more. The facility is scheduled to open in 2013. Article source: Porsche plans to open Experience Center near Los Angeles.

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