For hardcore Porsche-fetishists, the Ingram Collection in Durham, NC is widely regarded as one of the best. The collection has over 80 cars, including the third-oldest Porsche 356 in existence. The collection is potentially in peril today, as a massive explosion in an adjoining building happened this morning, tragically killing one and sending 15 others to the hospital, WRAL reports.
We reached out to Phil Whitehead, the General Manager of Road Scholars, who helps manage and maintain the Ingram collection. Phil told me that, thankfully, no one was at the facility at the time of the explosion, and so far they haven’t been permitted to go to the site to assess the damage. He expects to be able to evaluate things later in the afternoon, so we’ll update with any new information.
Based on pictures from the scene, it does appear that the Ingram building sustained some damage. Here’s a picture of the building from Google Maps:
…and here’s a tweet showing the same buildings from 6:38 a.m. this morning:
As you can see, a significant portion of the Ingram Collection’s building has sustained major damage, though nowhere near the amount that the Studebaker Building next door suffered as a result of the gas explosion.
The area around the explosion site is still closed, with traffic being re-routed around the area.
We will update this story with more information as soon as we get it.