A LOOK BACK IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR – PART 1 Remembering SoCal Car Culture with Chuck Miller and his 1973 911S
Chuck Miller is not used to looking in his mirrors. If you are chasing him and his Porsche 911 through the Santa Monica Mountains in California, it’s your responsibility to keep up.
Keeping up with Chuck could be a full time job. A SoCal native and ardent car enthusiast, Chuck is well known in the early 911 community for the very reason that he is always involved.
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 […]
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…
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…
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.
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 www.hammerprice.com Lot 108 – 1959 Porsche Typ 356B Roadster – Estimate: $140,000-210,000 – Sold […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 www.amazon.com. More information […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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,
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…
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.
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 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 […]
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
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
As described in Part 1 of this story last month, Dwight Mitchell’s persistent competitive streak and his old 1971 911 are the stuff of legends. The car’s current owner and fellow racer, Pat Costin agrees, “It’s rumored it has more race wins than any other car on the autocross circuit. I know it’s the first Porsche 911
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
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
“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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Pride and Predilection: PCA’s Werks Reunion (or, It’s Not a Gang, It’s a CLUB! ) (Or, maybe: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same.) Photos by Sean Cridland For most of the Porsche Club of America’s existence, the PREMIER event was Parade. And that was it. In the early 2000s, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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…
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
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…
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Anyone who thinks racing up Pikes Peak is easy has never been there. Though the course is only twelve and a half miles long, it includes 156 corners, climbs from 9,500 to 14,114 feet above sea level, and winds through several microclimates
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 …
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…
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…
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 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 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.
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 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.
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
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 [
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 […]
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; […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s beginning to look a lot like another year is drawing to a close. We hear from friends around the country who are taking one last long-weekend drive in their favorite Porsche before they put it away for the snow and salt season. Our contributor Sean Smith did exactly that, taking his own weekend drive for […]
Road Scholars facility on Page Road Extension in Durham, N.C., has been open for a while now but the company has wanted to celebrate its facility and thank its friends, customers, and neighbors. On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Kevin Watts, Tim Kuhn, Heather Carlisle, and I, along with the rest of the Road Scholars team […]
If last April’s Luftgekuhlt – organized by Patrick Long and Howie Idelson – could be called a grande bouffe of SoCal air-cooled cache, then Frank Casares’ primer yellow, chrome-Fuchs wheeled, slammed 1959 Porsche 356 T-2 could be considered la cherie-digestive; that perfectly sweet night-cap with a flavor complementary to the dining experience, but alluding to something […]
A Century of Motoring Jon Pressnell. 2015 Shire Publications. 112 pages. List price $12.95. ISBN: 978-0-74781-510-5 Available on Amazon. This enjoyable small book (it measures just 5 3/4-inches on a side) won’t weigh down your coffee table, your bookshelf, or your hands as you page through. Its 51 chapters – each a two-page spread – […]
You never need a good reason to go out and drive a Porsche. But if you have two good reasons…fall foliage in Vermont, cheddar cheese— Hold it. Three, three good reasons: Fall foliage, cheddar cheese, and maple syrup. No, wait…four, four good reasons: Fall foliage, cheddar cheese, maple syrup…and winding roads… Damn! I forgot Mount […]
Bonhams Preserving the Automobile The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum – Philadelphia – October 3rd, 2016 Lot 234: 1978 Porsche Typ 911SC Targa – Estimate: $30,000-$40,000 – Sold for $31,350 The Zoute Sale Knokke-Heist, Place Albert de Knokke le Zoute – Knokke-Le Zoute, Belgium – October 7th, 2016 Lot 12 – 1992 Porsche Typ 968 Club Sport – Without reserve […]
Bonhams: The Beaulieu Sale 3 September 2016 11:00 British Standard Time Beaulieu National Motor Museum Prices include fees calculated in U.S. Dollars. Porsche: Lot # 421 1976 Porsche 911 2.7-liter Targa. Without reserve. Estimate: $33,000-$40,000. Sold for $34,203. Lot # 436 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2-liter Targa. Estimate: $37,000-$46,000. Sold for $41,639. Other […]
Wash, clean, wax Battery (replace) Oil Pressure Gauge (repair) Custom car cover (buy) Original wheels, tires, original brakes (find) Original small outside mirror (find) Original steering wheel (find) This was George Reilly’s to-do list when his 550RS/1500 Spyder arrived at his home in Florence, AL. He’d acquired the car – 550-0090 – from its current […]