|Jun. 11, 2013|
The learning curve of Porsche racing: Anticipation, dejection, redemption
By Joe Lapin
After a lifetime appreciating sports cars, I finally decided to satisfy a long-held dream in 2009 — acquiring a red Ferrari. At age 7, my first Dinky Toy was a Ferrari, and I spent my adolescence making Ferrari models and reading about drivers Wolfgang von Trips, Phil Hill, et al. Owning a Ferrari was a lifelong dream, and a logical indulgence to make a reality. After intense research as an industrial designer and talking to the various mechanics and experts that I knew, it soon became obvious that a Porsche was a far superior product.More
Inside a $350,000+ Porsche
Sue Callaway goes inside Singer Vehicle Design, an exclusive Porsche shop in Southern California that takes old Porsches and modernizes them, for a price.More
Porsche and Vienna University of Technology honor eco-friendly, efficient automotive technology
Dr. Magnus MackAldener, development engineer of Scania, the Swedish maker of commercial vehicles, was awarded the "Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize." He was given the prize by Vienna University of Technology, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, and Porsche Holding, Salzburg, for the outstanding development of especially efficient and eco-friendly exhaust technology for commercial vehicles. MackAldener was able to expedite significantly the introduction of eco-friendly and cost-saving exhaust technology.More
Click here to take a quick survey from Michelin. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $70 Michelin Pre-Paid Mastercard. More
Watkins Glen Porsche Club Of America special offer
Watkins Glen International Raceway wants to invite all Porsche enthusiasts to join us during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen when the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge will celebrate its 100th race with a IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Special Offer.
The event dates are June 28-30. The total cost for club members is only $30 and includes:
-A Weekend General Admission
-Porsche Corral within the GT3 Cup racing Paddock
-Track Touring Laps with the GT3 Cup Cars
-A Porsche Driver Autograph Session
-One Porsche enthusiast will be selected for a VIP Race Experience.
To get tickets, call 1-866-RACE and reference Car Club Group package when you order the tickets.
This will be an amazing event and a great Porsche racing celebration at this historic venue.
24 hour flat-out trip in a 993 to see the Nürburgring 24 hour race
Estonian Porsche-drivers Kristjan Pappa and James Herne had an idea to drive to Nürburg to see the 24 hour race. To feel what the 24H drivers feel, they didn't plan overnight stops. The task was to drive the 1400 miles to Nürburg in 24 hours. As in Poland the highway speed limit is 140 km/h (87 mph), and in Germany half of the highways do not have speed limits at all, it was quite an easy task to accomplish.
During the three motorsport-packed days in Nürburg, there was also a three-hour classic car race on the 15-mile combined track. It was as astonishing experience as the 24 hour race itself. The latter really was a 14.5 hour race this year due to the poor weather (red flag out for 9.5 hours). After the Nürburg days, the next task was to find and photograph Porsche prototypes. This time they were really lucky and managed to get shots of the 2014 Panamera including LWB model, 2014 Macan, 2014 Cayenne, not to mention the undisguised 991 Turbo or a 968 prototype with electric gearchange on manual gearbox. But the most hair-raising was a prototype, which looked like a widened Cayman, but based on the sound it made and how quickly it moved, they guess it was the 2014 Le Mans engine tested inside this car.
Kristjan Pappa is the president of Porsche Club Estonia as of the this season. James Herne is the former president of PCE and bestowed lifetime member of Porsche Club Finland.
For the N24 photos and Porsche prototypes, click here. More
Out of the Rubble
The North Carolina Museum of Art via Vimeo
Car Corral Alert: ALMS Northeast Grand Prix July 5-6, 2013
The 2013 ALMS Northeast Grand Prix returns to Lime Rock Raceway July 5-6, 2013. The fastest and "greenest" prototypes and GTs — the same cars and stars that race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Road Atlanta's Petit Le Mans — makes this a frenetically paced two days of outstanding ALMS racing. More
Porsche 918 Spyder prototype testing: Video
The Sports Car Guys
The Porsche 918 Spyder will soon be delivered to the people fortunate enough to purchase one. The up to 887 horsepower hybrid will offer very good performance in a package that is also capable of being very fuel efficient. Soon after the car starts making its way to the street, it will find some stiff competition from Ferrari and McLaren, who both will offer hybrid supercars.More
Mini wishes happy birthday to Porsche 911
Mini is sending an early 50th birthday card to its German friend, Porsche 911. Isn't that nice? Isn't that self-serving?More
Engine of the Year Award for the 2.7-liter flat-six engine
Once again, a flat-six engine from Porsche has been named "Engine of the Year." This year, the international jury gave the renowned award to the 2.7-liter engine that is used in the Boxster and the Cayman for the 2.5 to 3.0-liter engine displacement class. "A brilliant engine for a brilliant car. This centerpiece of Porsche technology combines performance and a sporty pedigree with impressive fuel efficiency."More
A 40-year-old race car that still thrills — Porsche 917 at speed: Video
San Francisco Chronicle
Every once in a while, it soothes the car geek's soul to watch one of the world's finest racing machines tear around a road course at speed. That’s what it's like watching Porsche's 917K on a recent run around the Monza track in Italy.More
Italian designers make the Porsche Cayman S more exclusive
Taking an existing machine, adding some coachbuilt bodywork, and making it an exclusive model is not a new practice. In fact, it's a very old one and it seems many an Italian design house have loved churning out rare exotica for decades. The practice continues today and it typically involves makes and models that are already a bit exclusive before the extra excess is tacked on. More
Legends of the Autobahn
Friday, August 16
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Carmel Valley, Calif.
Celebrating the 50 years of the 911! Featuring an all-German marque event featuring Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi concours and club corrals.
Click here for more information.More
2013 United States Grand Prix tickets and parking
Hill Country Region is pleased to announce that tickets and parking passes for the 2013 United State Grand Prix are now on sale. The PCA reserved section is again located in the upper 7-8 rows of the Turn 12 grandstand at Circuit of the Americas. And the pricing remains the same as last year with tickets priced at $499.00 and parking passes at $150.00. Please follow the link below to purchase your tickets and parking passes. There is a second link that will allow you to purchase additional parking passes at a later date. The password for both sites is: CARRERA. COTA has not set any cutoff date for ticket and parking pass purchase. If they do, we'll advise as soon as we can.
Please note that these tickets are intended for PCA members, their families, and guests only. Please do not share the password or the links with those not associated with PCA.
TICKET AND PARKING PASS PURCHASE
ADDITIONAL PARKING PASS PURCHASE AT LATER DATE
HCR appreciates your patience in working with us on the ticketing. We believe this year's FI race will be even better than last year's, and we look forward to seeing you at COTA.
If you have any questions, contact Scott Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. More
Porsche resumes Cayenne assembly after floods cut supply
Volkswagen AG's Porsche resumed production of the Cayenne sport-utility vehicles at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, after floods in the region brought the assembly line to a standstill.More
Porsche World Roadshow 2013
Porsche via YouTube
The Porsche World Roadshow is an international initiative designed to expose auto enthusiasts to the magic and engineering at the heart of Porsche. Each stop provides Porsche enthusiasts with a first-hand opportunity behind the wheel of a Porsche.More
Video: Tradition: Future — The 911 50th anniversary edition
Porsche via YouTube
911. Three digits. Nothing more than a logo. And yet it represents a legendary Sports Car concept. Today's 911 still has many stories to tell. Of heroic race victories. Of a design that has become iconic. Of countless childhood dreams. And of a timeless idea. Experience the 911 50th anniversary edition in this video.More
The PCA Escape 2013
The PCA Escape 2013 Escape to LA is Oct. 24-27, 2013 and will capture the essence of Porsche Culture in Southern California with tours, dinners and a drive-in movie/car show. Registration opens in July. Click here.
The Escape 2013 Logo was designed by Automotive Artist Nicolas Hunziker. Hunziker, an Art Center College of Design Graduate is well acquainted with Porsches as he owns an early 911 and has worked for Porsche A.G., Porsche Cars North America, Porsche Club of America, The Steve McQueen Car Show, Early 911S Registry, and R Gruppe, among others. For more information, click here and follow the link to Nicolas Hunziker.More
PCA Webstore: PCA gear for all occasions
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PCA stainless steel license frames in stock
These elegant OEM quality stainless steel frames are now in stock in four finishes, including a high tech carbon fiber look. All frames are made from heavy rust proof 304 stainless steel with highly detailed laser etch graphics. Universal fit and easy mounting application. Includes matching frame finish hardware hider caps to complement your frames. Available in black powder-coated, brushed stainless steel, and gold titanium finishes. Price $19.99-39.99 S/H. Order here.More
Upload your favorite Porsche picture on The Porsche Club of America Visa Platinum Rewards Card
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Pick one of the standard designs or design your own card. Only available to U.S. residents. Visit rewards.umb.com for details. Sign up today! More
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