August 12 Could Be the Day… Why??

While blasting through The Wall Street Journal I came upon a 2-page ad that made me stop — or rather do the equivalent of a double-take. Then it made me race to the Internet because I felt there was some ‘splainin’ to do.


A8-9: The Wall Street Journal on 12 Aug 13.

So, why August 12?  Also, what was up with all the “from day 1” items (there were 12 listed)?

12 "day 1" Reasons.

12 “day 1” Reasons.


Ah, but look at the last one, “50 years of passion from day 1.” So is this a birthday thing??

Yes, we’re getting warmer. A Google search shows this landing page…

Dedicated website.

Dedicated website.


And links to this article...

Now it is starting to make more sense.

This year at Monterey Week Porsche is celebrating 50 years of the 911. Join the conversation by posting your favorite pictures, videos and stories on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Flickr with #50y911.

So mind the hashtag: #50y911

And check out crowd source pictures here.


So August 12 was the first day of Monterey Motor Week. Events include:

  • On Friday, Aug. 16, The Quail Motorsports Gathering will feature a Porsche exhibit highlighting 50 Years of the 911. One of the first 911s sold in the US will be displayed alongside the new 50th Anniversary 911 and the 2014 911 GT3.
  • The Porsche Zentrum at Quail Lodge (8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, Calif., 93923) will host the current lineup of Porsche models, including the 2014 911 GT3 and the upcoming plug-in electric Panamera S E-Hybrid, from Aug. 14 – 18.
  • A special Porsche 911 class, the Weissach Cup will be featured at the 38th running of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 911.


Since the 911 Carrera is out of my price range, I’ll just need to live vicariously through the photos posted on Instagram (with #50y911), and by reading more on the dedicated website.

Here are some other links that may be of interest:

Jalopnik: Porsche 911 Is 50 Years Of Pure Evolution

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé und Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Baujahr 1964)


And if you really want to drill down, check out this Jalopnik article (Let Porsche Slowly, Carefully Explain Active Aerodynamics To You)

Man Loves Porsche So Much He Builds House Around It


You can always follow Porsche on Facebook if you are so inclined.


Circling back to how this all got started — by me stopping and reading an ad and then wondering what it was all about — Yeah, the benefit of a curious mind is that you can make all kinds of awesome discoveries in the process of learning more and that is a great thing!


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