Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, to host special exhibit, “Summer of Porsche.”  Over a dozen iconic examples of the legendary German automobile manufacturer, recognized around the world, will be presented alongside historic aircraft, July 1 – September 7, 2020 at the Museum, located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

 

From their firstdesigns of ingenious mechanical simplicity, to the advanced technologicalmasterpieces that grace the road and track today, Porsche is theexemplification ofhigh-performance automotive artistry.

 

Among the cars showcased during the special exhibit will be early racing cars such as the highly successful Porsche 550 Spyder.  The Spyder displayed is similar to the car driven by famed actor James Dean, when in 1955 at the age of 24 tragically died in an automobile accident while on his way to a race in Salinas, California.  More modern racing cars are also represented, such as the notorious March Porsche Indy Car, Chassis number 1, driven by Indy 500 veteran Teo Fabi during the 1988 racing season.

 

“This special exhibit has a definite excitement factor because it presents Museum visitors with an exceptional opportunity to view up close some extremely rare Porsches in pristine condition, all with the breathtaking backdrop of our historically significant aircraft,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum.

 

In addition to models steeped in racing tradition, more civilized cars are represented like the 1959 1600 Carrera GS Deluxe, one of only 49 built.  An even rarer sight is the 1954 Porsche-built P312 Streamliner Tractor. Its streamlined configuration was designed so the tractor could work in the confined spaces of Brazilian coffee plantations without risking damage to the coffee plants.

 

Lyon Air Museum represents the realization of a dream of founder General William Lyon.  As a former combat pilot, and ultimately Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, his passion for aviation history and youth education was the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum.  In establishing the Museum, General Lyon created a world-class facility, offering educational tours and displays to inspire young people.  The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.

 

Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA  92707.

P: 714/210-4585.     E: info@lyonairmuseum.org.     W: www.lyonairmuseum.org.

 

Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission rates: General admission–$13; Seniors and Veterans–$10; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor.

 

Media Contact:   Jade Nguyen

Lyon Air Museum

714/210-4585

jadenguyen@lyonairmuseum.org