10.03.2013

Instagram Travel: You Won't Believe What is Parked in the Umstead Hotel and Spa Lobby

It's not everyday that you see a Porsche, valued close to four million dollars, in a luxury hotel lobby.



I got the thrill of seeing this classic beauty when I visited the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary yesterday. It was small enough to fit right through the front doors.

Through October 20, this 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder will be checked-in at the hotel to help celebrate the October 12 opening of "Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed" exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 I am not really a car buff, but I could certainly appreciate this car's beauty. It's difficult to see the detail in the photo, but the back section of the vehicle opens via a perfectly positioned leather buckle.



There were few Porsche Spyders made in 1955. It was marketed as a race car.  Legendary actor, James Dean, owned a Porsche Spyder for just 9 days before he was killed in a car crash in the same model Porsche.  He was only 24-years-old.

Photo  Credit: The Daily Telegraph


If you love expensive cars then I think you will adore the NC Musuem of Art's "Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed". It marks the museums first design exhibition, exploring the history and development of the Porsche lineage from the 1930s to the present day.  The special exhibit will run through January 20, 2014.



Here are some special events in Raleigh to help celebrate the arrival of the exhibit.

SaturdayOctober 12 (PORSCHE BY DESIGN OPENING DAY!)

Porsche Car Meetup
Saturday, October 12 | 8:30 am
Museum Park
Free

Bring the family for some four-wheel fun! On the opening day of Porsche by Design, the Museum will present a Porsche meet up, featuring cars from local Porsche owners. In addition to these racy cars, enjoy music, food trucks with breakfast and snacks for sale, a kids play zone, and health screenings by UNC-REX. Then head into the Museum to see Porsche by Design and have lunch in the Porsche Biergarten. For more information contact Robert Mlodzik at (919) 664-6743 or Robert.Mlodzik@ncdcr.gov.

*For this car meetup, we are expecting a large number of Porsche cars from all over the country driving in to participate!

*Special guests: Jeff Zwart, seven-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb champion, and Magnus Walker, popular Porsche collector and clothing designer

Porsche Drop-In Studio
Saturday, October 12 | 12 pm
East Building, NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Gallery
Free

Celebrate the opening of Porsche by Design with hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Join us anytime between noon and 3 pm.

Sunday, October 20

Fall Family Day: Design-a-Thon
Sunday, October 20, 1–4 pm
Free; for all ages
West Building: Family Tours
East Building: Demonstrations and Activities

Rev your engines! Bring your family and friends to an action-packed day to celebrate the Museum’s first design exhibition, Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed. From cell phones to vacuum cleaners, playgrounds to zoos, designers build the products and spaces we use in our day-to-day activities. Explore the world of design through on-going demonstrations, family tours, art workshops, and design labs. Meet local artists and designers, and experiment with materials as you consider form, function, and fabulous design.

Featured areas:
·         Accessory Design
·         Automotive Design
·         Exhibition Design
·         Fashion Design
·         Graphic Design
·         Interior Design
·         Product Design
·         Textile Design


The Umstead also invites you to see this mid-century Porsche on display as well as its entire art collection. The vintage Porsche is owned by a private collector in Durham, North Carolina.  I would suggest a fall cocktail on the terrace.  This would be your lovely view. 



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