I am fortunate to now own a grill badge and decal that match the PORSCHE Owners Club banner shown a few days earlier. These are definitely going on my car!!!
Below is a copy/paste of the comment by Alex Mestas from when I posted the photo of the banner.
This is a UNIQUE badge with a very interesting background. Please read on!
An original POC (Porsche Owners Club) badge, as fitted to POC members’ Porsche 356 & 911 sportscars' engine grilles in the 1950's, 1960's & 1970's.
Designed by Wilem B. Haan, a well-known & respected Porsche enthusiast who sold aftermarket accessories for Porsche cars in the 1950’s - 1960's from his racing speciality shop in Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.
In conjunction with well-known racing driver & Porsche dealership salesman, Michael Hammond of Manhattan Beach, CA, the design was refined and through his contacts, Michael had the badge commissioned to be made by the famous Marples & Beasley Badgemakers in England, as the cloisonné finish they desired could only be produced in Europe.
Michael (Hammond) therefore became the official distributor/supplier of the badge to POC.
Stamped on the reverse side of the badge is:
WILEM . B HAAN INC
MADE IN ENGLAND
Marples & Beasley
As a result of Porsche’s legal challenge launched world-wide in the 1980’s to protect the many Porsche trademarks, these badges were ultimately discontinued under threat of litigation and were no longer available as they used the Porsche trademarked crest.
POC subsequently went on to re-design their badge with a more sedate Stars & Stripes theme, devoid of any Porsche trademark cues.
Fast-forward to the present, at the 2016 LA Motor Show, Magnus Walker of Urban Outlaw fame displayed his Porsche 964 Outlaw at the Pirelli stand. Adorning his uniquely-modified rear spoiler was the same POC badge - generating and revitalising enormous interest in its origin & provenance within both the older-established and the newest generation of Porsche enthusiasts alike.
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