Editors Note January 2018


Happy New Year!

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 Dwight Mitchell in The Master (Part 2.) Both Randy’s and Bruce’s stories give you the kind of reading material we like to provide, with interesting characters, well turned-out Porsches, and technical details. Through the coming year we plan to continue just these kinds of offerings.

And finally, ready or not, the 2018 auction season is starting. The first previews open their doors at 9:00 am Mountain Standard Time, Tuesday, January 16, in Phoenix with Bonhams and the sales continue through the weekend with sales at Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele. To simplify our coverage – and we hope – your reading burden, we have limited out scope to Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s. Between these three you have 57 Porsches – as of writing this. We also give you a preview of cars already consigned for the Paris auctions in early February during Salon Rétromobile.

Finally, I want to remind you of two coming events. The first is the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Porsche Effect, a show celebrating Porsche’s 70 years as an automaker and successful racer. The show kicks off with a charity fund-raising VIP reception on Thursday evening, February 1. VIP tickets are $911 of which $776 is tax-deductible, and other tickets are $356 (of which a portion is deductible.) General opening is Saturday, February 3. You can find more information at info@petersen.org.

The second is the 35th annual Porsche and Vintage VW Literature, Toy, Model, and Memorabilia Swap Meet on Saturday, March 3, at the Hilton Hotel at LAX Airport (5711 West Century Boulevard) in Los Angeles. Those of you who have attended in past years know this is more than a single day because it really begins Friday morning and ends Sunday afternoon with open houses at a number of LA area shops. (This year you can factor in time to visit the Porsche Effect show at the Petersen and also to enjoy – and with advance reservations – test drives in a variety of current Porsche models at the Porsche Experience Center a few miles south of LAX For information go to www.porschedriving.com/porsche-experience-center-los-angeles. It is closed on Sundays.) The in-hotel portion opens at 9:00 am Pacific Standard Time on Saturday with a $10 per person admission charge. Those more anxious may enter with the vendors at 7:00 am for a $30 charge. Find more details at www.lalitandtowshow.com.

We’ll return in February to kick off our fourth year publishing. As always, thank you for reading us.

Randy Leffingwell


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