Porsche Reveals Secret Prototypes to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the 911

Porsche Secrets

If you’re a fan of high-performance cars and the Porsche in particular, then you already know that 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the iconic 911 model.

In order to remain a leader in innovation, Porsche has produced numerous prototypes and race-specific models over those 50 years for research and development. The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen features a collection of Porsche’s from throughout the car-maker’s history, but the six featured in the #911secrets campaign (according to the video) are being revealed to the public for the first time.

Viewers will be asked to answer three questions based on facts covered in the video clip that feature each car. It appears there is no actual prizes to win, just the satisfaction that you are a Porsche expert, or you were sneaky enough to login to the competition twice.

The cars include; the 911 Aerodynamic Concept, the 911 SC E. Africa Rally Car, the 911 Mid-Engine, the 911 V8, the first 911 Turbo, and the 911 San Remo Rally Car.

If you don’t do very well in the trivia competition (I only managed 72.767 seconds) you can always visit the Porsche China site and make beautiful music with Porsche 911 engines.

[via Porsche Facebook]


National Geographic Launches Remember 911 on Facebook

National Geographic Channel - Remembering 9/11For those of us here in the North America there have been few events in the past few decades that have affected our lives as much as the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. In a little over a month it will have been 10 years and we will again remember exactly where we were that September morning.

The National Geographic Channel has launched a special Facebook application to collect the stories of what people were doing that day. Right now there are 338 stories from people as far away as Australia and those who were only a few blocks away from the three sites.

Where was I on September 11, 2001

I had been working at home in Port Credit that day on some freelance web design work with several companies in Manhattan. I was eating breakfast and had heard that a small plane had struck one of the World Trade Center towers. It soon became evident that it was actually more serious than anyone thought as a second plane had struck the tower while I watched. The next few hours were a blur as a plane hit the Pentagon, another plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania and then the collapse of the two towers.

While I did not know any of the people who lost their lives that day, the horror of the events of that day will never leave my mind. It’s amazing to consider how the events of that day changed our lives. From simple things like not being able to fly with fingernail clippers to terrorist bombings in Europe to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Where were you when you first heard about the events of September 11? It’s interesting the memories of people who were still in school at the time. Check out their stories on the Remember Nine Eleven Facebook application.

The site was produced by Neo Pangia, who have produced several other projects for National Geographic in the past.