Porsche paradise: Hangar Banger 2 gallery

Industrial art brought to life with an enthusiast Porsche event that’s greater than the sum of its parts

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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