Road Scholars Places 3rd in Class at Pebble Beach

It was an honor to represent Porsche at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the second year in a row with a 1952 Porsche Type 540 Aluminum Sport Roadster from the Ingram Collection. The Type 540 roadster would later become known as the “America Roadster,” and represents Porsche’s first attempt to build a production race […]

Editor’s Note – August 2018

We’ll get right to the point: The five auction houses offering cars on the Monterey Peninsula have listed – to date – 134 Porsches for sale. That’s not a record however; one year quite recently had nearly two dozen more. But then this is early August and at least two of these houses

Monterey Pre-Auction View

Well, gang it’s that time of year. Time for the continuing saga we call Monterey car week. Let the shit show begin.Lots of exciting happenings on the peninsula this year with the events stacked up. The week will kick of on Tuesday the 21st with the Concours on the Avenue, in Carmel, our favorite event. This show is awesome if you’re a car guy;

A Fork in the Road

Like many of us, Joel Rosenblatt got the car thing from his dad. Dad was mechanically inclined and he liked weird cars. Today, that’s way cool—but back then Joel just wanted to fit in. He wanted to be dropped off at school in a Chevy or a Ford, but his dad as rocking a Citroen DS19, then a DS21. There was Peugeot 404 and even (gasp) a Borgward Isabella. Luckily there were a

Monterey Auctions Preview

The Annual Monterey Porsche Auction Frenzy & Spectacular may have seemed a bit subdued around July 4th when we compiled the preview we published soon after that. Since then, consignees have emerged from their garages and the woodwork, filling out catalogs with all variety of interesting autos.
The obvious stars are David Gooding with a 1955 Typ 550-0053, Dana Mecum with a 1958 Typ 550A-0141, and RMSotheby’s with a 1957 Typ 550A-0116.

Editors Note – July 2018

We all may be in denial. Wait! Is it really…that time? Already?
The verdict is yes it is. You had better have flights and rental cars and hotel rooms booked by now. And tickets and dinner reservations and…if you’re shopping…letters of credit on file. The good news is we have other things to show you before we remind you to confront the calendar.

Monterey Auctions Preview 2018

Compiled by Randy Leffingwell The Annual Monterey Porsche Auction Frenzy & Spectacular seems a bit subdued this year. Admittedly, we compiled this list shortly after July 4, more than seven weeks before the sales are scheduled. In this same time span last year, the sales houses added nearly 40 cars to their preliminary lot lists […]

Editors Note – June 2018

If the paint scheme on the car in this Le Mans pits photo looks familiar, it should be. Porsche used it once before on a legendary Typ 917 racer during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. The car had controversial – but more aerodynamic – bodywork. Inside Porsche, it had the nickname “Big Bertha.” Styling chief Tony Lapine hated its bloated looks and asked competition director Ferdinand Piëch if they really had to race it. Lapine reported years later this Piëch replied, “Yes, but you can paint it!” When the transporter doors opened at Le Mans…

THE 2018 MEXICAN 1000 – Making Porsche Racing History in Baja

Jeff Gamroth is sweating and stooped over from exhaustion. He and his Rothsport Racing team have just replaced the transmission of his Porsche 964 #89 in a little shop in the middle of nowhere in less than 45 minutes.
“Well, nobody said it was going to be easy,” he quips between tacos and gulps of ‘real’ Coca Cola. “We broke the bell housing on…

Pikes Peak Inaugurates New Cayman GT4 Clubsport Class

The buildup to each year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb offers some intriguing questions about performance, weather, road surface, and who will offer a car/driver combination that might challenge Sebastian Loeb’s now five-year old record time of 8:13.878. Thinking of the race from only the record-challenging aspect, one prospect comes to mind, the electric powered VW I.D. R Pikes Peak special driven by three-time overall winner Romain Dumas.

Auction Results May 2018

Bonhams: The Monaco Sale “Les Grandes Marques à Monaco” Sale:                11 May 2018 18:00 on, C.E.S.T. Subject to buyer’s premium of 15% plus VAT Sale prices listed here are the hammer price, without buyer’s premium or VAT and are quoted from Lot 108 – 1959 Porsche Typ 356B Roadster – Estimate: $140,000-210,000 – Sold […]

Road Scholars – The Pursuit of Excellence (Short Film)

A few months ago, we had a special opportunity as the creative genius Dan Olivares (a film maker from Boston) came to visit us at our Durham location. At that time, we had the iconic 904 GTS in the showroom, a few special restoration projects in the works and, well, Dan had a camera. After […]

Editors Note – May 2018

It’s spring, seemingly everywhere. Even in the deepest darkest reaches of central Massachusetts where my friend George Reilly reported a snow storm just a few weeks ago and temperatures nearing 80 degrees just days ago. He’s waiting for spring rains to wash away the road salt his state uses generously to make roads passable in […]

Upcoming Auction Previews

  Bonhams: The Monaco Sale “Les Grandes Marques à Monaco” Previews:        10 May 2018 10:00-18:00 C.E.S.T. 11 May 2018 10:00-18:00 C.E.S.T. Sale:                11 May 2018 18:00 on, C.E.S.T. Subject to buyer’s premium of 15% plus VAT Lot 108 – 1959 Porsche Typ 356B Roadster – Estimate: $140,000-210,000 Lot 115 – 1973 Porsche Typ 911 Carrera […]

Father’s Day Books You Want!

Over the past months a number of new, significant books have appeared. We’ll show you five we think are particularly noteworthy – and well worth the investment. Racing and Recipes – The Racing Cookbook; Jürgen Barth and Rüdiger Mayer. 2017 reality media production, Edition Porsche Museum. 160 pages. ISBN: 978-3-9819070-1-8. $49.95 from More information […]

PLAYTIME AT THE EMORY’S SHOP – Rod and Zayne talk toys

 Photos By Randy Wells Rod Emory is a well-known builder of outlaw 356s. But his passion extends well beyond full-scale cars. All it takes is one trip to his brand new shop in North Hollywood to reveal a surprisingly comprehensive display of miniature car models spanning decades. As Rod fingers some of his toy cars, […]

Editors Note – April 2018

  We chose to delay our “delivery” date to till after dreaded tax day so you might find something enjoyable to distract you. In our April issue, Kevin Watts weighs in on his thoughts about Amelia Island’s auctions and the collector car market in general. Our regular contributor Sean Smith shows us and tells us […]

D-lightful, D-lovely, D-perfect

Photos by Sean Smith For model year 1959, Porsche discontinued the Speedster and replaced it with the Convertible D (D for Drauz, a coach- building firm based in Heilbronn). This model had a taller windscreen, a soft top with a larger rear window, and crank-operated side windows. Normal Porsche seats replaced the lightweight bucket seats. […]

Amelia Island in Retrospective

Well, the auctions are over and I was mostly correct on guessing it would be a shit show. Again, as usual, the great cars brought great prices and the rest left a gaping hole in their owners’ wallets! The auction houses are cleaning up with 10% coming from the seller with additional shipping and registration […]

Auction Results – March 2018

As you probably know, the threat of rain upended the schedules for Amelia Island events in early March. Concours founder Bill Warner chose to shift his show to Saturday, 10 March, and this caused Rob Meyer to move RM Sotheby’s sale to Friday the 9th. Amelia Island Auctions Results: Bonhams The Amelia Island Auction Thursday, […]

Amelia Island 2018 – Recap

March has come quickly and most of you know what that means – the first big event of the year happens with the always-exciting Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It seems that this event gets bigger each and every year for the Porschephiles – the rarity and number of Porsches on the field is downright astounding. In contrast, it brings out tough competition to all judged classes.

Editors Note: March 2018

I hope that by the time you see this March issue, a number of you who came to Los Angeles for the annual literature and swap meet – or Trash & Trinkets as a good friend calls it – you also will recognize the structure shown at the top of the page in this photo Randy Wells made on opening night. This is the Petersen Automotive Museum and it is home to The Porsche Effect. You’ll read about this exhibition inside this issue.

Hero 912

When Porsche’s all-new 911 came on the scene, it was not just a replacement for the 356. It was a whole new car. The 911 was larger, more comfortable, more powerful, and way more money. At $5,500 it was a whopping $1,500 jump over a 356SC. Many 356 owners were not ready to take that jump. How was Porsche going to keep its customers happy until they wrapped their minds around the price on a new 911?

THE PORSCHE EFFECT: After 70 Years, It’s Still Going Strong

Whether you live in L.A. or are contemplating a visit, there’s a special exhibit there that’s not to be missed. “The Porsche Effect” at the Petersen Automotive Museum along the city’s Miracle Mile will knock your socks off. Back in 2016, Petersen Vice Chairman Bruce Meyer suggested a comprehensive Porsche show to Wolfgang Porsche, the son of Ferry Porsche.

Auction Previews and Results : March 2018

Auctioneers around the Western Hemisphere continue to renew their faith in Porsche cars as a viable element for their auction catalogs. This list, comprising three auctions at Amelia Island, Florida, in early March, and three auctions in Paris, France, in early February, list 106 automobiles offered for sale at auction in the past 45 days, 73 at Amelia coming up, and 33 in Paris.

Editor’s Note – February 2018

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days…that I’m glad to see again….This is a personal note to start, if you will indulge me. Some of you know I live in Summerland, California, a sweet, strange village sandwiched between opulent and extraordinary Montecito and wonderful and eccentric Carpenteria. We are part of that near-idyllic cluster of towns from Carp through Summerland,

Arizona 2018 Commentary

Well, it’s that time of year again and it was my first real outing after that year long vacation and all I can say is not much has changed with the exception of “The Speculators have left the building!” As I’ve been saying the collector car market hit its peak of speculation in 2016 and has been on a glide path down ever since…

Adriatic Blue Perfection

Stephen Grisanti grew up in an apartment in Mt. Vernon, NY. At the time, his experience with cars was limited to joyfully washing and waxing his dad’s Cadillac. He did a really good job. His dad got a kick out of young Stephen sliding off the highly Armoralled seats.   Stephen’s first transportation was his much-loved white “Ross Professional” bicycle, which shone just as brightly as his daddy’s Caddy.

Results from the Arizona Auctions in January

With the 2018 auction year opener now in history books, it’s safe to say little history was made. But observations can be – as hopefully you have read in Kevin Watts’ commentary earlier in this issue. Without further ado, here are the results.

The 550-0090 Spyder – Engine and Transmission Assembly (Video)

  The Back Story: As you might recall in the middle of 2017, we had the pleasure of assisting with the  acquisition of one of most original 550 Spyder’s (550-0090) in existence for one of our favorite clients. Once it was shipped to our main campus, our service department performed a total mechanical service to ensure […]

Editors Note January 2018

We begin the year with Shock and Awe, a story of Love at First Sight that regular contributor Bruce Sweetman has found for us. In it, we meet Nashville, TN, Porsche mechanic and enthusiast Jay Gould and his startling 1973 911S. From there we return to the Pacific Northwest where Randy Wells wraps up his profile of autocross legend

Shock and Awe – or Love at First Sight

There seems to be a consensus in the Porsche community that 356s and early 911s should be afforded a certain amount of respect in terms of presentation. So what do you make of an olive 1973 911S with neon-red cookie cutter wheels and a faux leopard skin-trimmed interior? Owner Jay Gould’s 911S

Previews for the Arizona Auctions in January

As you all know, January wastes no time in launching the year long auction frenzy that begins at the end of the third week in Scottsdale and Phoenix. This year, examining Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s, we find 57 Porsches offered, ranging from a 1953 Typ 356 Pre-A coupe supercharged

Editor’s Note – December 2017

Welcome back. We hope you survived American Thanksgiving with all its dining table temptations.  For our December issue, Randy Wells introduces up to an autocross master with a sixth sense for chassis set up and the best line through the turns. You have Part 1 this month. You’ll see the second half in January. We […]

The Year 2017 is in My Rear View Mirror

My 10 month cancer vacation is over and I got back to work with more questions about the classic car market than ever. Let me explain what I think I see going on in the market. It would seem a lot of collectors were in it just for a return on their investment. Others bought […]

THE MASTER – Porsche Autocross Legend Dwight Mitchell (Part 1)

“We knocked some dust off today,” the 77-year old Dwight Mitchell states matter of factly as he climbs out of his old Porsche warhorse. Minutes earlier a California sunset lit up a dusty parking lot disturbed only by the Signal Orange 1971 911T driven sideways at all times.   Both the driver and car are […]

Holiday Book Ideas

While we list only three books, there are many others to consider this holiday season and into 2018. These are three that caught our eyes. Porsche 911 The Ultimate Sports Car as Cultural Icon; Ulf Poschardt. Gestalten, Berlin, 2017 240 pages. ISBN: 978-3-89955-687-2. (Translation by Colin Shepherd.)   This is a wonderful end-of-the-day read, a […]

Previews for the Arizona Auctions in January

This is strictly a preliminary view of some of the more interesting Porsche vehicles that the auction houses will offer in Arizona. Lot numbers and estimates are still to be determined. In our January issue we will look closer at these lots, have photos to accompany the most important cars, and we’ll include any additions […]

GT2 EVOlution

  Written and Photographed By: Brian Rozar When you think about Porsche in 2017 the first thing that probably comes to mind is Porsche’s latest and greatest release of the Porsche GT2RS. For the most part it has been the most highly anticipated “road” car of the year. It nearly broke the internet when the […]

Editors Note: November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Most of us have good reasons to be thankful, not least of which are family, friends, and Porsches. We hope the coming holidays find you celebrating each of these.To get you started, and because for most of us very few days (if not minutes) pass without music in our lives, we bring you a tale of three

Rock ‘n Porsches

The music world is filled with a variety of personalities and characters and an endless spectrum of tastes and styles that might never come anywhere close to each other, but sometimes there is a common thread that creates a shared tone a universal note. It’s the scream of a Porsche engine. An 11-year old Jol Dantzig was at summer camp, one of the counselors had an electric guitar and amp. He had never seen anything like it before in his life. It was loud like the racecars he had seen at Sebring.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runners

Silence. At last! After hours of nearly relentless droning, quiet. For the second time in a week, a raucous engine had shut down; the first time came prematurely after not quite 36 hours. Silence then brought long faces. This second noisy run went on for 96 before the noise stilled. Then came the applause. And cheering. And then the sounds of champagne bottles and beer bottles popping their tops.

Amercian Speedster

Written & Photographed by Brian Rozar  The 1950’s, a decade of prosperity, colored television, the beginning of rock-n-roll and an overall upbeat and exciting America. As for Porsche, it was the commencement of a legacy with the introduction of the 356. In 1954, Porsche took the 356 a step further and established Porsche’s racing heritage […]

Speedster Wars

It was not unusual for thirty of these low-slung “bathtubs” to show up for a single event. Racing a brand new 1954-1958 Speedster in California was magical.
One of the main draws of competing in the Porsche Speedster was that it was cheaper and lighter than a 356 coupe. Nobody thought anything about driving these “budget” Porsches to the track.

Weapon of War

“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan” came from the pen of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Benito Mussolini’s son-in-law, and written in his diaries during World War II. The better-known aphorism “Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan,” merely paraphrases the original and has made it easier for many to claim it as their own. Such is the nature of ambition and accomplishment.

Editors Note

Editor’s Note: At the risk of bragging, our co-founder and co-publisher Cam Ingram had a pretty good time at the 67th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 20, 2017. After several years of exhausting research, preparation, and restoration work, Cam and his Road Scholars Restorations team took First Place in Class O-1, Post War […]

Auction Commentary by Kevin Watts

Well, another auction season in Monterey has come to a close and I’m sorry to say I had to watch it from afar this year. Only being able to see and hear the results and the condition of the cars might just give a different perspective than years past; you be the judge? We will […]

Tailgate Party: Carmel Concours on the Avenue

Photos by Sean Cridland Everyone anticipates the Big Game. For football, it’s the Super-Bowl. For us car-types, it’s Monterey Car Week, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours and the Rolex Motorsport Reunion. But just like every other big game, the pre-events often eclipse the events themselves. Many see Carmel’s annual Tuesday opener as the highpoint […]

September 2017 Auction Results and Previews

Compiled and written by Randy Leffingwell Photographs courtesy of Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s   At Monterey, there were more than 150 Porsches available from the five auction companies active that weekend. Study the results carefully. Compare estimates with sales results. Those who have been paying attention during the past five years have […]

Winning the Class at Pebble Beach

Written by Cam Ingram Photos by Brian Rozar The 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet that we restored for the Ingram Collection earned “Best in Class” honors at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and we are still riding on cloud nine. This is our second “Best in Class” victory at Pebble Beach in a non-Porsche class. If you recall, our first […]

2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance – Best in Class

We are excited to announce that last Sunday, the 1952 Reutter Cabriolet Chasis #15040 that we restored came away with a Best in Class win at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the Ingram Collection! This is our second “Best in Class” victory at Pebble Beach in a non-Porsche class. If you recall, our first win was with the 1950 Porsche Gmund 356 Coupe that we restored for Peter Hans Porsche back in 2011.

August Editor’s Note

This week signals the calm before the storm. The annual excitement at Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach, California, returns, running Monday, the 14th of August through Sunday the 21st. There even are follow-on private events that extend into the week starting the 22nd!

Legacy Porsche 914

There are no garage queens or trailer princesses in Dixon, New Mexico, but you’ll more than likely see a few air-cool Porsches cruising around the mountain roads. And most likely, it will be Gary Smith, his wife Deborah, or their daughter Audrey who are driving them. What’s more, they’ll all have one thing in common: Gary has built them all in his home shop…

Born in the PCA

When Spencer Cox was three years old, his father traded in his Facel Vega and came home with a shiny new 356, starting his son on a life long association with Porsches. While Dad was on track with the 356, Spencer was in the paddock playing with his toy cars, thinking some day “I’m going to be a race car driver and that 356

Auction Results and Previews

At Monterey, there are more than 100 Porsches available from the five auction companies active that weekend. But that’s only the total as of ten days before the first hammer falls. In the meanwhile, there are sales to report from the U.K…

Matt Farah drives the Cayman GTR

A couple of months ago we released our custom Cayman GTR build video on YouTube. To our surprise it received an honorable amount of views, in a short period of time, with the help of a few popular automotive outlet features. With the views came comments… but one question kept being asked… “When is Matt […]

Porsche 911 SC/RS – Inventory Story

The unassuming 911RS with true Motorsports pedigree: Back in February, the Porsche Museum launched a YouTube video that covered the top five rarest factory models ever produced. In the video, Dieter Landenberger, manager of Porsche’s historical archives establishes the usual suspects of rare and limited production street legal models from Stuttgart. Towards the end of the video, […]

Employee Spotlight: Tim Kuhn

We’re excited to bring you our very first Road Scholars Employee Spotlight – featuring our Sales Manager, Timothy Kuhn. Tim is a native of Pella, Iowa – a small rural Dutch community where he could grow as a boy, explore and enjoy time spent with his family and friends, sports, hunting, and music. A lot […]

Road Scholars at Monterey Car Week

  We are excited to be participating in a number of events during the Monterey Car Week and look forward to seeing many old friends and hope to make new ones! Please be sure to stop by and visit with us at the following events:   Quail Motorsports Gathering Date: Friday, August 18, 2017 Location: Quail […]

1956 Porsche Typ 550 Rennsport Spyder

Photography by: Brian Rozar The Porsche factory launched its first definitive race model 550 Rennsport Spyder design in 1953. Only 90 examples were made; each with lightweight aluminum bodywork and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Later production Spyder’s tipped the scales at 1,301lbs.  The engine was designated as the Typ 547, and featured four overhead camshafts. With an aluminium crankcase, the […]

July Editor’s Note

It’s summer. So much so that the annual PCA Porsche Parade looms large on the calendar this month. Scheduled to open Sunday 9 July in Spokane, Washington, it runs through the 15th with the typical variety of activities each parade provides its attendees. We mention the parade particularly because in this issue Randy Wells introduces […]

THE ORIGINAL – A 3,700 mile 1983 Porsche 944

When the very first U.S. 944s were imported in 1983, Alex Kalymon was ready. He was working at Volkswagen of America, the official importer for Porsche at the time. Only one digit had changed from the previous …

Auction Results and Previews

The auction opened with Auctions America handling the memorabilia lots in the style of a tobacco auction with rapid-fire bid calling. This enabled them to power through more than 60 lots in 90 minutes. Auctions America’s chief…

June Editor’s Note

Sometime before the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended, t-shirts began to appear along pit lane: Hat Trick, they exclaimed on the front while the backside listed all 19 overall wins since 1970.
Not everyone was wearing one, naturally. There once again were long faces in the Toyota garages…

Drive Toward a Cure

For many, Parkinson’s disease strikes too close to home. There are more than 5 million people affected by the chronic and progressive movement disorder. Among them are celebrities like Michael J. Fox, Sam Posey, Linda Ronstadt, and the late Robin Williams, Phil Hill and Muhammad Ali.

Auction Previews and Results

Auction Previews and Results Compiled by Randy Leffingwell Photos courtesy of R.M. Sotheby’s RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction Villa Erba Largo Luchino Visconti, 4 22012, Cernobbio, Italy Preview: Friday, 26 May 2017 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Central European Saving Time Sale: Saturday, 27 May 2017 6:00 P.M. CEST Terms: Buyer’s premium is 12 percent […]

The Last Speedsters

The 356 Speedster will always be a Porsche and cultural icon, much like the 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS. It’s an intrinsically cool design that will continue to transcend markets with each generation of Porsche collectors. The 356 Speedster is an outlier; attracting buyers who are not necessarily Porsche connoisseurs, but rather, individuals who are simply interested in making a statement. Because of its cultural resonance, the 356 Speedster has been owned by celebrities and featured in so many movies.

The Olive, The Eggplant, and the Deep Blue Sea

If you’re a true enthusiast, no doubt you’ve been to dozens of cars-and-coffee events, several Porsche Parades, a few Rennsports, and a couple of Werks Reunions. Gradually, you start to notice that there are a lot…as in A LOT… of silver, red, and black cars. Not that there’s…

Getting Back to Basics

I had originally set out to write an article for this month’s magazine about the changing demographics in the collector car world and the possible future ramifications. This slowly changed while we were prepping…

May Editors Note

While summer does not officially start until the Solstice on Tuesday, June 20, for many of us in the U.S. and in Europe the summer car event and driving season already has begun. Thus it’s appropriate that in this issue, guest commentator Cam Ingram…

RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction Preview

RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction Villa Erba Largo Luchino Visconti, 4 22012, Cernobbio, Italy Preview: Friday, 26 May 2017 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Central European Saving Time Sale: Saturday, 27 May 2017 6:00 P.M. CEST Terms: Buyer’s premium is…

Bonhams Spa Classic Auction Results

Auction Results: Bonhams Spa Classic Francorchamps, Le Circuit d Spa-Francorchamps 21 May 2017 Sale: 1:00 P.M. Central European Savings Time (CEST) Terms: Buyer’s premium is 15 percent of the hammer price. VAT at the rate of 21% will be applied to the buyer’s premium…

The 1964 356C of Renée Crist – A Classic Driver

As Collections Manager of LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma Washington, Renée Crist has sampled every classic automobile you can imagine. So when it came time to purchase a vintage sports car, she had a lot to consider.

The Speedster as Blue Chip

The Porsche Speedster and Carrera models continue to drive the 356 blue chip market. Both these 356 models have become iconic, but for different reasons: the Speedster for it’s alluring minimalist styling cues, and the Carrera for its mythical four-cam engine performance attributes.

Editors Note : April 2017

In our brief April issue we consider collectibles, what makes a Porsche a desirable possession. Through our regular contributor Randy Wells, we meet about Renée Crist, someone who really knows about collectible automobiles as the collections manager

Road Scholars Cayman GTR Build – Video

Video by Trey Devon

Highlighted custom features of the Road Scholars Cayman GTR

* Custom mixed BASF paint in “Burgundy” color – inspired by our 1949 Porsche 356 Gmund restoration
* 911 GT3RS front clip conversion
* Hand fabricated all metal “Wide Body” treatment to doors and quarter panels
* Custom made 1 of 1 rear bumper to fit widened quarter panels
* Shaved roof rails
* 2016 GT4 wing in carbon fiber
* GT3RS Cup Car front lip, hand-made in carbon fiber

My Two Cents Worth

All things Porsche have had an incredible seven-year run-up in prices, with some really great cars finally starting to level out and even drop in price. We’ve seen this in the auctions during the first quarter of 2017. There are many reasons causing this so let’s try to sort this out.  The first reason cars […]

Editors Note – March 2017

With this late March issue, Road Scholars Magazine begins its third year publishing. Thank you for reading us and for letting others know about us. This issue – as our very first one did and last February’s as well – reports on auction results from Arizona. We go further in this issue, looking at Paris […]

February sales at Paris/Retromobile 2017

Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams   RM Sotheby’s Place Vauban Paris 75007 France Sale: 6pm, Wednesday, 8 February The auction was conducted in English (mostly,) and French with occasional quick forays into Italian, German, and other languages. On the day of the auction, the exchange rate was €1.00 = $1.06.8. We covered the […]

Auction Results for Amelia Island 2017

Photos courtesy of Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s The auction weekend began with an announcement from Bill Warner, by way of Bonham’s auctioneer Rupert Banner that, with the expected arrival of a significant storm to the area on Sunday, Warner changed the concours date from its traditional Sunday to Saturday, 11 March, in […]

January Scottsdale Auction Previews

Photos courtesy of Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s The 2017 automobile auction season has begun and Bonhams, Gooding & Co., R.M. Sotheby’s, Barrett-Jackson, and Russo and Steele presented a vast number of Porsches for sale at all venues in the greater Scottsdale, AZ, area. This year, we covered these auctions long distance, by […]

Road Scholars – Amelia Island trip 2017

Events:  Werks Reunion – March 10, 2017 Cars Shown:  1967 Porsche 911R 1974 Porsche 911RS 3.0 1984 Porsche 911SCRS 2008 Porsche Cayman GTR 2016 Porsche 911R Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – March 11, 2017 Cars Shown: 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder   [

January Editor’s Note

Happy New Year! It’s an especially happy new year for us at Road Scholars Magazine – or should I say, “the award-winning” Road Scholars Magazine. In mid December, as we wrapped up the slightly tardy issue for last month, our regular contributor Randy Wells won the Motor Press Guild 2016 Feature Story of the Year […]

A Noble Effort

Robert Eberan-Eberhorst was a disciplined scientist who expected that of his colleagues. That included Ferdinand Porsche. Professor Robert Eberan-Eberhorst (23 October 1902 – 14 March 1982), was born Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, the son of Alexander Eberan von Eberhorst, a high-level administrator in the Austrian postal hierarchy who became a distinguished Austro-Hungarian Vice-Admiral during WWI; […]

January Scottsdale Auction Previews

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up! As the old carnival barker line goes, “Admission is free, pay at the door, pull up a seat and sit on the floor.” The 2017 automobile auction is about to begin and your favorite auctions houses have gathered an exciting […]

RSR Recreated

This is how Richard Schickman started the RSR Project: A longtime devotee of the early 911s, especially the 1973 RSR, Richard was always drawn to muscular, masculine shape and stance. When you create something for yourself, and do it with passion, the result is special. Others want to share in your creation. Porsche assembled the […]

Searching for Salt – One Year Later

In October 2015, Road Scholars Magazine published a story of mine that went on to win one of the biggest awards of my life: the 2016 Motor Press Guild “Best Automotive Feature Article of the Year.” It told the story of a Porsche competitor at the 2014 Bonneville Salt Flats “World of Speed” event. It was […]

Christmas Gifts to Yourself

With the gift-giving holidays just weeks away, it’s important to remember to give yourself something as well. Consider it your hard-earned reward for surviving the ever-so-exciting election year drama. What you’ll find here is good stuff to read – and hear! Porsche Sounds Dieter Landenberger and Jürgen Gassebner. English translation by Colin Brazier. 2015 earBOOKS/Porsche […]

Duemila Ruote – Two Thousand Wheels or… Happy Days are Here Again!

This started the way a lot of magnificent obsessions do: “There was this car.” That sentiment motivated Fritz and Hans Schlumpf, the French textile manufacturers who collected a few dozen Bugattis and then a few hundred other cars as well in the 1950s and 1960s. With financing and tax breaks from the French government to […]

New Year’s Thoughts

Well folks, the election is over and whew, what a ride. It doesn’t matter which party you voted for as half my friends are pissed and think the world is coming to an end and the other half are ready to “rock and roll.” Now that the election is over, what about the car market? […]

December Editor’s Note

My two-week research trip to Zuffenhausen delayed this issue. I apologize. I had hoped to finish the issue before I left – just before Thanksgiving – but the flu had other ideas and then Internet connections had still other influences. The talk throughout Porsche while I was there centered on the same two questions most […]

Porsche Time Capsule: Don Janssen’s 1950s European Adventure

When young Texan Don Janssen went off to war in spring of 1944, the fate of the world hung in the balance. Like so many young men of the era, he could never have guessed where his adventures would take him. Janssen landed in the second wave of the Normandy attack, fighting among the legendary […]

Upgrading The Handling of a Torsion Bar Porsche 911

Here’s a look at some of the things that make your 1964-1989 Porsche 911 handle better: Weight / Center of Gravity Nothing has more potential effect on how your 911 behaves under weight transfer than the weight of the car and its center of gravity. Anything you can do to take weight off the unsprung […]

Porsche Opens the Experience Center – Los Angeles

Just in time for the holidays – well, also for the Los Angeles International Auto Show (renamed AutoMobility for 2016) – Porsche has opened its second Experience Center in the U.S. It’s located in Carson, CA, about 20 minutes south of downtown LA (in ideal conditions) and roughly the same time and distance from Los […]