It’s enough to make Jeremy Clarkson spit out his cheap Merlot but for one German Porsche fan it’s a perfect combination.
Volker Schiersch loves his classic Porsche Speedster and he loves his caravan, and he sees no reason why the two can’t be together.
He is not a typical classic collector– he is a passionate driver, not one for cosseting his cars in a heated garage. He loves the original and genuine feeling, the manual gearshift – the things that constitute the appeal of his fully open-top 911.
“It’s just the thing for old age,” he says, referring both to his Porsche and himself.
“We just grew up with these things at the time: doubledeclutching, adjusting the carburettor, welding the body yourself ready for the MOT.”
Like millions of others, Schiersch’s love of air cooling started with a VW Beetle. As a student, he did various odd jobs to finance his first Porsche, a 356C with 75 PS.
The 356C was followed soon afterwards by his first open-top car, a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster in red. From then on, he was addicted to Porsche.
When the opportunity arose, he didn’t think twice when an almost flawless 911 Speedster from the G model series was offered to him some years ago.
“The car was perfect, the Silver Metallic paint finish is not just timeless, but is much rarer than guards red, back or Grand Prix white,” says Schiersch
He adds that the pleasure he gets from driving the powerful 3.2 litre boxer engine with 231 PS is even greater that from his other cabriolets – his garage is also home to two British cars, a Morgan Plus 8 and an Aston Martin DB9 Volante.
“The most beautiful thing for me is still the noise of an air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine. Driving a Speedster is just pure pleasure. You have to stay alert when driving, and best of all I like the feeling of being part of what is going on.” he says.
However it’s here that Schiersch departs from probably near every other 911 owner in world – he pulls a caravan with it. A classic Hymer Eriba Puck caravan from 1975, no less.
Schiersch has added a special detail to his Speedster: a genuine Porsche trailer hitch (who knew?) which he previously used with a Porsche 911 Targa he owned at the time.
Schiersch was in luck with the trailer hitch: there were just two retrofit kits still available worldwide for the G model series.
In order to create the perfect appearance for what is probably the only vehicle combination of its kind, he had the caravan painted in “Porsche 980, silver metallic” during restoration work so that it now matches the Speedster perfectly.
“However, we no longer go on any extended trips with the trailer attached. We prefer to stay here on the North Sea coast and enjoy the peace and quiet,” explains Schiersch, also in view of the 80 km/h speed limit when towing a caravan,”
“But of course we always take the Hymer when we visit our grandchildren in Düsseldorf and Osnabrück. The kids think it’s great when they are allowed to sleep outside in the caravan,”
But there is one long trip that still attracts him: “Perhaps I will drive down to Salzburg again soon.” says Schiersch.