To meet the deadline, the designer would listen to radio race reports and, on hearing Porsche had won, he’d work all night to present a design idea to von Hanstein the next morning.
Julius Weitmann’s photographs often appeared in Strenger’s designs
These poster commissions continued through four decades and allowed Strenger’s creativity to flourish.
From early sketches of winning 356s to polarised images of the mighty Can-Am titans, Strenger used a bold range of styles to celebrate racing glory.
Inspired devices went well beyond photography of the winning car, with Strenger employing maps, stopwatches, flags, helmets and trophies to capture the event.
Photographer Julius Weitmann was an enthusiastic associate, whose images were regularly used by Strenger but often printed with bold graphic effects.
Strenger’s striking art celebrated Porsche’s success at events around the world
Raising the funds to buy his first 356 was an anxious decision in the early days, but Strenger’s design success later led to a series of impressive Porsche road cars, including an uprated 914/6 M471, which was painted Tangerine and known as ‘The Strenger GT’.
When new management took over Porsche in 1988, Strenger chose to retire.
He moved to Mallorca with his wife, Ursula, to indulge his passions for sailing and painting, specialising in abstract Op art.
Retirement proved too short when Strenger died in 1993, but he left an amazing legacy.
Not surprisingly, original Strenger posters are now highly collectible among fans.
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