Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa
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And now: a Targa

Blue lagoon? Sounds exotic. Even more exotic, however, is this red 964 Targa of Norfolkisland, the only Porsche on the island.

Text: Alexander Morath Photo: Porsche 21.01.2019 2 min

A former jeweler, Duncan Sanderson has a knack for the exclusive. So 22 years ago he bought a 964 Targa. Since then he is well known in his homeland. Sanderson lives on Norfolkisland, a 35 square kilometre Pacific island behind Australia, where cows always have the right of way and there is only one Porsche: Sanderson's Porsche.

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

From mutiny to tenancy: About a third of the inhabitants of Norfolkisland are descendants of the famous »Bounty« mutineers of 1789. Their nickname is »Islanders«. The rest of the mainland is called »Mainlanders«.

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

Speaking of nicknames: In an extra directory in the phone book the residents are listed under names like »Little Pooh«, »Cowboy«, »Toofy« or »Honey«.

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

Cow(l) Runnings: According to the law, free-range cows always have right of way on Norfolkisland. Sanderson therefore advises prudence: »You have to watch out for the cows, they can suddenly just show up in front of you.«

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

Does Duncan Sanderson (77) appear in it as »Sports-car-Sanderson«? It's a possibility. 22 years ago, the former jeweller fulfilled his dream of a 911. He now owns the only Porsche on the island.

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

Nevertheless, Sanderson also »likes to go faster every now and then«. So as fast as possible on an island, whose road network is very small and the speed is limited to 50 km/h maximum.

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

Sometimes, Sanderson says, he wants a motorway so that he can let the Porsche fly: »But I'm getting older and just enjoying the time with it.« Because no ride is like the other. »I keep rediscovering my 911 and my island.«

Ah, jetzt, ja: ein Targa

Inhabitants: 1.748 (Stand 2016)
Cows: 150
Traffic lights: 1
Taxis: 1
Porsche: 1

Coordinates: 29° 2′ S, 167° 57′ O