The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb is the second oldest motorsports event in the Western Hemisphere and is easily among the most challenging and intimidating races in motorsports history. Earlier this year, we competed in a huge milestone in the race’s history: the 100th running of the Hillclimb. Beginning at the 7th mile of the Pikes […]
We brought out three of the highest-performing and most capable 993 variants to compare and contrast. From the track-focused Carrera RS Clubsport to the purpose-built GT2, each of these 993-generation 911 models represents the pinnacle of performance from Porsche’s Motorsports Department in the mid-1990s.
Almost immediately after taking an unexpected First in Class award at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este with the Ingram Collection 1961 356B Carrera Abarth GTL chassis 1008 and becoming one of two restoration companies to have achieved the “Triple Crown” in the Concours world, we embarked on our first ever driving event with six […]
It is always an honor to be invited to Pebble Beach, and it is always surreal to be tapped to drive through the crowd to be called up to the podium. We debuted 550-0073’s restoration on the lawn among many of the world’s most significant automobiles, and the Ingram collection’s little 550 Spyder drew a […]
The Ingram Collection 550 Spyder chassis 550-0073 is one of the 90 550 Spyders produced, and has just undergone a 5,000 plus man-hour restoration in an effort to make it the most faithful 550 Spyder restoration in existence. The 550 was born as Porsche’s first clean-sheet production competition car, and it is no secret that […]
On the evening before race day, eight inches of snow fell at the summit and was followed by light rain through race day, leaving the mountain in a blanket of fog so thick that visibility in many sections was nearly nonexistent. Despite speculations of another year of a shortened course, the decision was made to […]
A short video from the Concorso d’Eleganza Prelude Tour beginning in the beautiful streets of Milan and finishing at the waterfront of Cernobbio.
When Porsche debuted the 959 in 1986, it was quite easily the most technologically advanced car in the world. Its ride height and dampening suspension were electronically adjustable by knobs mounted in the center console. It featured the first tire pressure monitoring system in a production car, and an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system that would […]
Back in 2020, while attending the 23rd running of Petit Le Mans, the idea for the RS Invitational was born while sitting at lunch in the Podium Club of the newly constructed Michelin Tower. That idea was to encourage collectors of all driving abilities to take their historic Porsche models- many of which would rarely […]
You can’t control the weather, but you can turn gloomy skies and a rain delay into an impromptu discussion panel while waiting for the rain to subside. We did exactly that during the second day of our RS Invitational driving event at the historic Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta race track. Our panel consisted of Dieter […]
With such a strong field of cars in the Aluminum Porsche race car class, we were pleasantly surprised when the judges instructed us to stay close to the cars. When they later came around and placed the Best in Class ribbon beneath the windshield wiper, we were overwhelmed with joy. The Ingram Collection 356B Abarth […]
By the late 1980s, the 911 had grown heavy and soft. Power windows and seats, powered sunroofs, more powerful audio systems with multiple speakers, extra sound deadening, climate control- all items that made the 911 Carrera substantially more luxurious, but at the cost of the agility and visceral driving experience that had made the 911 […]
Our Restoration Project Manager, Udo Reisinger, walks us through some of the distinguishing features of the 1962 356B chassis 120271 which has recently arrived at our shop and is undergoing a comprehensive restoration.
We are extremely proud and grateful to be able to source, service, and preserve some of the most significant Porsche models in history for our clients. These are some of the most significant Porsches that we have placed in the hands of new caretakers, each representing a significant moment in Porsche history- whether that be […]
The Biblical account of David and Goliath is a lesson of courage, faith, and overcoming a monumental feat that seems to be impossible. Reflecting back on 2021 as the year draws to a close, we can draw some similarities to the ages-old parable. 2021 marked a special year for Road Scholars as a company and as a […]
Cam further elaborates on the early stages of the 1964 Carrera 2 cabriolet chassis 160790 restoration process, touches upon its history, what makes the Carrera 2 cabriolet model so special and why this particular chassis is such a great candidate for a full Concours restoration.
One of the many critical stages of a full Concours-level restoration is the disassembly phase. The pre-purchase inspection is key to gain a sense of the car’s overall condition, history and level of authenticity/originality, but the disassembly phase allows us to inspect each part in detail, assess its condition and begin forming a plan before […]
Our third Four Cam Jam in partnership with the Revs Institute is officially in the books. Four generations of competition cars- over 20 Porsche four-cam cars, modern GT cars, and a few special non-Porsche cars- came together to celebrate these incredible automobiles and their histories on the racetrack. For hours on end, these amazing machines […]
From racing to panel discussions to a street festival, there was a bit of everything to enjoy throughout the three-day event. Sunday’s Concours D’Elegance featured an incredibly diverse grouping of automobiles arranged throughout the streets of downtown Chattanooga’s West Village. The Ingram Collection 904-078 and 356A GS were awarded top honors in the 356 class. […]
Our sales manager, Tim Kuhn, took a few minutes to share the stories of some of the cars in our showroom.
Last month, Porsche took over Indianapolis combining the artistic spectacle that is Luftgekühlt with Porsches of all types taking on the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The brainchild of Patrick Long and Howie Idelson, Luftgekühlt brings together a diverse selection of air-cooled Porsches to a unique location, carefully arranged and staged by the eye of Jeff […]
In the pitch black of the wee hours of the morning, the stillness was disrupted by the 904’s engine roaring to life. The ruckus from the Sebring exhaust seemed to resonate for miles and certainly served as an early alarm clock to the residents of 17 Mile Drive. It was just after 3 am on […]
The restoration of 904-078 is the culmination of over 3,000 man-hours of restoration work and countless hours of research. The decision was made early on to restore 904-078 to its exact specifications as when it claimed a first in class victory and fifth place overall finish at the 12 Hours of Reims on July 5th, […]
Cam Ingram and Tim Kuhn discuss the origins of the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and specifically the history of 904 chassis 078.
It can be easy to lose sight of why people dedicate so many hours and dollars to the restoration of a particular vehicle. For Dr. Glenn Jividen, a respected doctor and SCCA racer, it was to preserve his family legacy. The 1958 356A 1600 Super pictured here in bare metal is the same car that […]
Cam Ingram and Steve Serio have been hunting down many of the early and elusive aluminum-bodied Porsche competition models, including the “Giant Killer” Spyder models. It’s a rare occasion to have more than one of these special cars together under the same roof, so Steve flew down to our campus in Durham, North Carolina this […]
It’s an incredibly difficult task to attempt to describe the intensity of emotion on race day at Pikes Peak, let alone whittle down the 4,000+ images taken at the starting line to just a handful to support those words. The mountain has gravity and a power that can be felt as soon as you reach […]
In 2000, Gunnar Jeannette made his ALMS debut in both the Prototype and GT classes and claimed six top-ten finishes. That same year became the youngest driver to complete the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the age of 18. Since then, he’s competed in the U.S. and Europe with the factory Panoz and Ford […]
The Amelia Island Concours is always a highlight on the calendar, and this year was no exception. The fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island were once again packed with enthusiastic attendees and over 240 of the finest automobiles in the world. More than anything else, it was a wonderful feeling to be able […]
When it came time to begin designing the livery for the Road Scholars Cayman GT4, we once again enlisted the creative services of Wade Devers, whose work you may be familiar with from the Ingram Collection 935 that Jeff Zwart piloted to the summit of Pikes Peak last year. After a month or two of exchanging ideas, we […]
“Every time we do a car, we break it down into three phases, starting with architecture which is the proportions of the car and its visual message, the styling or design look, and finally the details, “the small things that make a Porsche a Porsche.” Grant joined Porsche in 1989, a period where the company […]
“Automobiles are not just static blobs of the material past. They are kinetic. They are phenomenological. They are things that transcend time and space by their ability to move over the ground… To understand the automobile and all of its properties, you have to see the thing go- and it’s important to see original things […]
The 930 came into existence in perhaps one of the worst possible time periods for an auto manufacturer to debut its first supercar, yet the 911 Turbo that was still in its infancy became one of the most impactful models in the 911 lineup and one that continues to set performance standards year after year. […]
Our engine builder Simon Briggs has carved himself a niche as a Fuhrmann four-cam expert, and can typically be found hard at work meticulously breaking down and rebuilding the notoriously complex engines. Simon’s proclivity for engineering- both in mechanical and technological disciplines- led him to take charge of handling and analyzing the data for the […]
Ernst Fuhrmann was one of Ferry Porsche’s first post-war employees and is largely responsible for the beginning of Porsche’s dominance in motorsports in the early 1950s. His brilliant mechanical mind led him to produce one of the most complex but potent engines in Porsche’s history, and one that eventually made its way into 356 road […]
Cross compatibility of Porsche’s components have led to some of the most successful and memorable Porsche models in their history. Further development of existing components and the ability to selectively incorporate proven components from competition models into a road car chassis has allowed for purpose-built “parts bin” models like the type 954 SC/RS to come […]
We pulled into the monochromatic valley of light grey concrete, punctuated only by the white doors and green numbers of the loading bay doors and the white trucks neatly arranged in the vicinity. Aside from the idling of one of the trucks, and the regular passing of low flying planes into the nearby Atlanta-Hartsfield airport, […]
Side by side, the Carrera GT of 1957 and the Carrera GT of 2004 are a world apart. One, a steel-bodied production car stripped of any superfluous items that might hamper its competitive advantage, and the other an overt carbon fiber sculpture with luxurious trimmings and extraordinary performance capabilities but no intentions of competing in […]
Piëch to Peak had left us with a lingering buzz of adrenaline months after its conclusion. Of course, it wasn’t long before the participants began asking “What’s next?”. We began to brainstorm the possibilities of a driving experience here on the East Coast. It was quickly made apparent that Covid made having a group of […]
When the Audrain Automobile Museum’s 1956 Speedster arrived in our workshop back in August, we were amazed at how completely unmolested it was, and we obsessed over all the tiny details and original materials that are typically lost over time. Our goal was to return it to optimal running and driving condition without detracting from […]
5. 1966 Porsche 906-127 Josef “Sepp” Greger was born in Scheyern, Germany in 1915 and made his lifelong dream to become a racer a reality in 1950. He competed in rallies throughout Germany and Europe with a Volkswagen Beetle, eventually making his way to the Rallye Monte Carlo. He observed that many of the decisive […]
It’s amazing that what started as a casual conversation over a cup of coffee turned into conversations with some of the most amazing people in the automotive industry.
Immediately following Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and in the midst of planning the Sport Purpose/911R driving event, Cam and Tim’s services were requested in Boston, Massachusetts. Autumn was in full swing up in New England and the yellow, oranges, and reds of the foliage were approaching their peak. It seemed like a great […]
We recently had the pleasure of making a special delivery. For the last 15 years, 904-085 has been off the radar in a private collection and we are thrilled that our good friend and client Todd Blue has become its new owner and caretaker. Chassis 904-085 makes a fine addition to an already breathtaking collection […]
Even by the early age of 17, Patrick Long’s talents as a driver were undeniable and had caught the attention of competitors and prospective race teams alike. A long list of victories in kart racing in the US and Europe could already be associated with his name, and he quickly set himself apart in 1998 […]
Independence Pass is the second highest crossing of the Continental Divide in the United States at an altitude of 12,095 feet, and twists its way through the mountains in a series of switchbacks, hairpins, long sweeping turns, and various elevations and grades. Round trip, it is some 300 miles and approximately four hours worth of […]
It might not typically be the first model that comes to mind when it comes to Porsche’s motorsport lineage, but the 924 proved to be a serious competitor in multiple classes once engineers were tasked with massaging Porsche’s first front-engined, water-cooled offering to be ready for competition. The 924 homologation examples were particularly exciting, although […]
9:43:92. It was Jeff Zwart’s fastest time up the mountain to date, the first time competing in a PDK car, and his first time returning to competition the mountain after a five year hiatus. It was also the first time a 935-19 was campaigned in a hill climb race, and with Jeff’s driving abilities and […]
Peter Millar is based in our home state of North Carolina and has set themselves apart in the world of menswear through their dedication to superior craftsmanship. Recently, the team at Peter Millar reached out to feature Road Scholars in a project called “Artisans of Craft”. In this series, they chronicle craftsmen who have earned […]
The SC lightweight was an evolution of the Super 90 GTs and 356B Carrera GT coupes that had been produced in years prior to be competition ready road cars. A total of four 356 SCs were configured with GT options from the factory by owners who wanted specific competition options. By configuring the cars with […]
Approximately four months ago, our good friend and client Ed Anderson became the new owner and caretaker of 906-110. In conversation he mentioned that he wanted to drive the car from his home in Vail, Colorado to Aspen and back through Independence Pass. Independence Pass is the second highest crossing of the Continental Divide in […]
Jeff Zwart is nothing short of a modern day renaissance man. He’s shot numerous campaigns throughout his career as both a photographer and as a cinematographer, and has earned himself a spot in the record books at Pikes Peak as a Hall of Famer with 8 time class winner. Jeff took some time from his […]
Just days after Pikes Peak, we gathered some of our closest friends and clients for the road trip of a lifetime. Together, we took the last of Porsche’s road-legal race cars and the first of Ferdinand Piëch’s ultra-lightweight, competition dominating cars for a two-day drive through 260 miles of scenic, winding mountain roads in the […]
If the famed Nordschleife was disconnected at the start/finish line and laid out along the side of the mountain, the two courses would be eerily similar. The official course for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb consists of a narrow, two-lane road that stretches 12.42 miles from 9,390 to 14,115 feet above sea level and […]
For the last twelve years, Marco has been focused on sports car racing after graduating from karting and Formula 3, and has been competing behind the wheel for much of his racing career. In 2008, he finished fifth in the extremely competitive Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and was signed to Porsche as a Junior works […]
Jeff Zwart joins us for another recap. Over the last few weeks, Jeff Zwart has been testing and fine tuning the chassis dynamics of The Ingram Collection/Road Scholars 935. Jeff has once again teamed up with Joey Seely of E-motion Engineering to handle the suspension geometry and tuning. The two worked together in 2015 on […]
Cam Ingram went live on Instagram to take us on a shop tour featuring four legendary, homologation 911s. 1967 911R This is 003R, one of just 19 911Rs produced in addition to the 4 early test cars. It’s one of three cars that made the BP 1967 Monza World Record and was campaigned by the […]
Every year for the last 25 years, on a small barrier island at the northernmost corner of the sunshine state, the soothing sound of crashing waves from miles of coastline and the rustling of fan palms is replaced with the sounds of engines rumbling from every imaginable era of the automobile. Thousands of the world’s […]
Four months ago I opined on the topic of Covid and where this might all go with regard to the collector car market, here’s the first follow up which in many ways is rather a rewarding, satisfying and explosive gumbo of facts and observations. Grab your spoon. I did not set out to be as […]
From the first generation Speedster to the most recent, the spirit of the model is the same as when Max Hoffman proposed the idea to his friend Ferry Porsche – a simpler, racier, open-top sports car for purists to enjoy on winding coastal roads.
Brian Redman’s remarkable racing career took place during one of the most exciting and truly treacherous periods in motorsport. It was an era where the cars were built with speed as the primary consideration and the sheer danger of every race was something drivers and teams alike had to push to the back of their […]
Over the last few weeks, Jeff Zwart has been testing and fine tuning the chassis dynamics of The Ingram Collection/Road Scholars 935. Jeff has once again teamed up with Joey Seely of E-motion Engineering to handle the suspension geometry and tuning. The two worked together in 2015 on the twin-turbocharged GT3 Cup car that Jeff […]
Say the name “Porsche” to anyone, and the 911 is guaranteed to be the first image that comes to mind. For the more devout Porsche enthusiasts, it’ll bring to mind 356s or any number of Porsches triumphant race cars. What the name “Porsche” will almost certainly not bring to mind are farm tractors. It’s indeed […]
Peter Stevens is one of the world’s most well-known and respected automobile designers. Over the course of his career, he’s regarded within the industry as an incredibly versatile car stylist and designer, with road cars spanning the gamut from humble economy cars and trucks to some of the most revered supercars ever made. He was […]
Jeff Zwart is a modern-day Renaissance man. His career as a photographer has led to him photographing nearly every major motorsport event for the most well recognized automotive media outlets, as well as photographing many of the most iconic print media advertisements for manufacturers such as Acura, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and of course, Porsche. He’s […]
Perhaps one of the most famous movie cars of all time, the 964 911 Turbo 3.6 was catapulted into the spotlight at the opening scene of the cult-classic Bad Boys film. The film was Michael Bay’s directorial debut. As it turns out, he is a car guy who has used vehicles from his personal collection […]
At any given time, our showroom and workshop are bound to have a few special cars residing inside them. Recently, it has begun to resemble the starting grid of a Le Mans Classic race. Not just one, but two time capsule 550s side by side is an arresting sight, especially when they are flanked by […]
Tony Hatter’s career at Porsche has spanned nearly 35 years, and to this day has been involved in some of the most formative projects in Porsche’s history. Tony’s passion for automobiles is a familiar story. As a child in Northern England, he collected Dinky toys and Korgi die-cast miniature cars and would peruse the new […]
Throughout the entirety of its evolution, the silhouette of the 911 has remained an unmistakable shape in automotive design. From the initial development stages of the Typ 754 (a prototype for the successor to the 356 that laid the foundation for the shape of the 901) to the initial production 901/911, there was always the […]
Bobby Rahal is the second of three generations of racing drivers. His 18 year motorsport career includes noteworthy competition in multiple disciplines including Formula 1, Can Am, CART, Le Mans and IMSA. He is a 3-time CART champion who has also claimed victories at the 1981 24 hours of Daytona and 1987 12 hours of […]
Throughout the 1950s and the early 1960s, Porsche had proven themselves to be a dominant force in racing. With the 904, they had dominated the under-two-liter GT class. The 904 had sparked a massive change from the race cars that had preceded it, foregoing the typical sheet metal bodies for a box-section ladder frame with […]
On May 23, Gérard Larrousse turned 80 years old. He is regarded as one of the fastest drivers in the world with a long list of victories to prove it, as well as being a gentleman and one of the world’s all-time greatest racing drivers. At age 21, Gérard Larrousse was still a Business student […]
At the same time Hall & Oates were approaching the peak of fame in the mid 1980s, John Oates had a burgeoning racing career that had landed him a position with Pontiac in the Fiero GTU. When John got tangled up in a three-car crash during the running of the Lowenbrau Camel GT 500-mile race, […]
Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and Carrera 6: The Beginning of the Plastic Fantastic Racing Saga for Porsche
Either by osmosis or the ever-shifting tides of relevance, the upper echelon of the Porsche market has an insatiable appetite for the 904 Carrera GTS and Carrera 6 right now. Often referred to as Plastic cars because of their exterior bodies made from fiberglass, these cars were recently brought back into the cultural limelight thanks […]
With the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus came widespread cancellation and postponement of automotive events and gatherings throughout the world, along with the recommendation to keep distance between one another. It’s a challenging time for many indeed, and staying in touch with one another is paramount to maintaining one’s sanity.
Before Porsche ended production of the 964 Turbo in late 1993, a batch of 93 964 Turbos were sent off to Porsche’s Exclusive department to be upgraded to “S” specification. 76 were delivered worldwide with the distinguished flattened front end which pays homage to the legendary 935; ten X83 units were sent to Japan, 39 […]
“It’s one of those finds that you can not replicate. It is exactly how it was and is a real look into what driving an original, unrestored, of the minute 1956 Speedster was like.” It is a rare occurrence for low-mileage, extremely original cars like this 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster to come to the market. […]
After being discovered in a clandestine garage in Düsseldorf, Germany, this two-time Le Mans competitor comes to Road Scholars to be united with its new owner. In this video, Cam Ingram shares the story of chassis 0142, from inspection to sharing the 550A with its newest caretaker for the first time.
It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in a room full of smart people during the Scottsdale Auto Auction Week this past January and the topic of Black Swan events predominated the discussion. Black Swan became the hyperbolic buzz phrase during the week. There was much speculation about the economic ramifications for the collector car market if such an event transpired.
From racing at Le Mans to being found in a garage after 40 years off the grid, Stephen Serio tells the fascinating story of how this entirely original 1958 Porsche 550A was discovered.
Late last year, we hosted an event at Virginia International Raceway which included over 15 Porsches with Fuhrmann-designed four-cam engines. Noted collectors and industry personalities hailing from all over the country joined us.
Jeff Zwart, eight-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb champion, joined Jacky on the podium. Jeff announced his upcoming run at Pikes Peak in a new Porsche 935, sponsored by Road Scholars and the Ingram Collection. Road Scholars will be at the Peak to watch Jeff make this historic run.
Compiled by Randy Leffingwell It’s time for Round 2 of the 2020 automobile auctions, during which we learn whether Monterey 2019 and Arizona 2020 were just blips or were full-on warnings of unpleasantness ahead. In advance of the weekend, it seemed some caution already was on display with just 47 Porsches offered from the three […]
Road Scholars had the great pleasure last week to host six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx. Jacky and his wife, Khadja, joined us for an evening soiree. Jacky regaled us with several stories about his racing days, his experience working for Enzo Ferrari, and wisdom gained from many laps around the track. Jeff Zwart, eight-time […]
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2020 was a great success with more than 300 cars and motorcycles attending the 25th anniversary celebration on Sunday, March 8th. The fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island were packed and any concerns about coronavirus did not seem to have a major impact on attendance this year. Guardians of Porsche […]
With Scottsdale behind us, the first big car week of the year opened the season in which we can all look forward to the next time we automotive enthusiasts can be together. These may be meetings, dinner sit-downs, events, hours hanging out with friends, and auctions all crammed into a few days (for most) with […]
During the Scottsdale auction week, we teamed up with Otto Car Club for an exclusive event with some of our closest friends and clients. Cocktails were accompanied by great conversation. “Should I drive my ’89 Club Sport”, “What does the future look like for our industry”, “Bizzarrini or Ferrari?”. These were just a few questions […]
Has it finally happened? Have there been so many auctions so heavily loaded with Porsches over the past decade that there are very few left to sell? That certainly appears as one explanation for the “Nothing to see here, ladies and gentlemen, please move along” consignment lists that have come from Bonhams, Gooding and Company, […]
We have had the honor to place many special cars with new caretakers this year but here are our top 5 of 2019. 1959 Porsche 356 GS/GT: Chassis #107411 “Ice Racer” Earlier this year we had the opportunity to place this unrestored treasure known as the ”Ice Racer” with its new caretaker. Chassis #107411 is only […]
5. Two Special ’75 Turbos Signed, Sealed and Delivered Earlier this year our 930 expert, Bryan Gremchuk, and the restoration team finished up two special ’75 Turbo projects that we have been working on for the past few years. Here are the details on both of the cars as well as an interview Bryan did […]
Simon Briggs and Gabe Watson break down the legendary Type 547 4-cam engine.
The Changing Times of Lifestyle Marketing, Activations, and the Future of Concours The calendar year for automotive events has become action-packed. There is an event happening, either regionally or nationally, almost every weekend of the year. Concours d’Elegance events represent a significant part of these annual events and can offer a wide gamut of experiences […]
Cam Ingram breaks down the difference between the M471 Sport vs the M472 Touring package.
Road Scholars restoration specialist talks about the two very special ’75 Turbos he completed restoring this year.
Tim and Charles take out two of the modern classics from the showroom for an impromptu drive.
The Agony and Ecstasy was a biographical film that came out in 1965 starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo in the Age of Enlightenment. Heston delivers a powerful performance and masterfully depicts the challenges Michelangelo encountered while painting the Sistine Chapel in record time for Pope Julius II. I’ve often wondered if Michelangelo recognized that he […]
With Monterey Car Week 2019 behind us we can all go about our normal routine and business. Per usual there were plenty of fireworks throughout the week, and plenty of opinionated articles written and released about the collector car market in general, the 1939 Type 64 drama, the demographics of buyers, etc. I’m going to […]