IF YOU'VE ever seen the word Luftgekühlt mentioned in relation to Porsches on the internet, you’ll know that the wildly popular Californian show is about celebrating Zuffenhausen’s back catalogue of classic hits.
Meaning “aircooled” in German, the Luftgekühlt show-turned-festival strictly limits entrants to those that use air to cool the engine rather than water. Despite its huge popularity and expansion overseas, we’ve been yet to see a similar event in Australia – that is, until Hangar Banger arrived.
Hangar Banger is a little more liberal in what’s allowed into the show, but the get together is strictly-Porsche and aims for a similar informal vibe, in surroundings that are equally as intriguing as the cars.
Started in 2018 by Porsche Forum Australia, the inaugural event was held as a final send off to a member’s World War 2 hangar in Geelong, due to be demolished the following week.
From a not-inconsequential group of 60 cars brought down for Hangar Banger 1, the event’s second running stepped it up a notch, securing an old dairy factory outside Colac, with over 300 of Porsche’s finest on display.
Some of Australia’s best Porsches managed to make it down to the middle-of-nowhere factory, with two 964 Turbos, a Ruf BTR slantnose, a multi-million dollar 356A Carrera GT and even some of Porsche’s current crop like the 991 GT2 RS were in attendance.
Every single model of P-car was represented – well, at least sports car-wise – in the ten-plus buildings that made up the disused facility. Around every corner was something unique, the layout acting like a labyrinth to be explored at leisure in order to see some of the rare Porsches it was hiding.
We have a full rundown coming to Overrun in the March edition of Wheels magazine, but for now, browse the gallery above to see a sneak peek at what we saw.
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