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In the April 2015 issue, Editor Pete Stout gives us his impressions on the Cayman GT4 in "Bad Boy" after driving it on road and track in Portugal. Kieron Fenelly profiles the late Rolf Stommelen, one of Germany's best — and underrated — racing drivers in "Fahrer für alle Fälle." In "Air on Ice," Pete von Behrens takes a trip to Below Zero Ice Driving in Sweden and learns a thing or two about car control driving an air-cooled 911 in slippery conditions. Porsche's 356 Speedster was made famous thanks to its on-track prowess, but it wasn't the first lightweight racing Porsche based on a 356; read about the progenitor to Porsche's lightweight specials in Sean Cridland's "Prototyp: Sauter Porsche Roadster." John Lamm recently moved on from his 1950s Alfa Romeo to a 991-generation 911 Carrera, taking delivery in Alabama and driving it home to California, a trip detailed in "Porsche 911 Carrera: Mobile to San Clemente."
Of course, regular Panorama departments Tech Q&A, European Windows, From the Regions, Street Talk, Art & Canvas, Junior Driver, and zwART are all present and accounted for. Enjoy the issue!
Spring 2015 Member Only Raffle: Cayman GT4 grand prize!
The Spring Member Only Raffle is open with a stunning grand prize: a Cayman GT4, the most performance-oriented model in the Cayman lineup stuffed with a 385-horsepower 3.8-liter flat six and GT3-derived suspension. If raffle entries pass 12,500, a Cayman GTS will be added to the mix — plus a Cayman S after 16,000 and a Cayman should members submit more than 19,000 entries! Of course, each prize includes $25,000 cash.
The raffle is open to members through May 31, so be sure to purchase entries here (must be logged in). For official raffle rules, click here.
Spring 2015 Member Only Raffle: Mailer and Official Rules
Porscheplatz & corral: Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
It’s professional road-racing time again in Monterey, CA. Porsche Cars North America and PCA will host our annual Porscheplatz and Porsche corral during the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Porscheplatz dates are May 2 – 3, 2015. As usual, our Porscheplatz will feature a Porsche-only car corral where PCA members and/or Porsche owners may park, and a hospitality tent where you can relax, watch the races on cable TV, and hear presentations by the Porsche North America team, drivers, and sponsors. Your ticket gives you access to the paddock, where you can see the cars and drivers up close and personal.
PCA members and Porsche owners are welcome to enjoy the hospitality tent by showing a valid PCA membership card or Porsche key.
Don’t miss this chance to see some exciting racing on one of the premier road courses in the U.S. To purchase your tickets and car corral pass, please go to:
PCA Club Racing TraqGear/COOLSHIRT West Coast Series highlights California Festival of Speed held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA
This past weekend hundreds of PCA members took to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to
take part in the California Festival of Speed. The event included something for every Porsche racing enthusiast from a swap
meet, Autocross, Track tour, concours, driving simulators, time trials and was highlighted by the second leg of the
TraqGear/COOLSHIRT PCA Club Racing West Coast Series.
A gallery on the PCA Club Racing Facebook page with hundreds of member provided photos and videos is forthcoming, so
keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/pcaclubracing and www.facebook.com/CaliforniaFestivalOfSpeed for additional
post race coverage. A sample of the collection of images from the fun filled track weekend is below.
Video: Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting featuring a 1965 911
Chris Harris on Cars
The first of two films from the 73rd Goodwood Members Meeting. Featuring assorted amazing machines and a race in a 1965 Porsche 911! What a superb race meeting.
Porsche Parade 60 4 60 display: Registration closes tomorrow
The 60 4 60 Selection Committee is carefully reviewing the incredible number of applications submitted to date for this magnificent display at Parade. If you haven’t considered submitting your car for the 60 4 60 display at the French Lick Concours, please do so! Members who have registered for Parade can still submit their applications. Just click here to apply! The application is pretty easy to fill out, and we would enjoy hearing from you and considering your car for this very special celebration of PCA's 60th Anniversary. Remember, you can enter the concours and still participate as a 60 4 60 car! Applications for the 60 4 60 will be accepted until April 15, so you still have about two weeks to apply. The Committee will not accept any applications after that date. If you have applied and have not heard back from the Committee, please contact us immediately. Everyone who has applied will receive an acknowledgement of your application. So file your taxes and get your 60 4 60 application in by April 15!
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Golden jubilee: 50 years with a Porsche 911
By Sydney Scrogham
The 911 was more than just a car for me while growing up. It was a racing streak by a checkered flag that could make a heart stop. It was a driving lesson on country back roads. And now, for 50 years, my grandfather Weldon Scrogham has cared for a 911 — it's a piece of family history. When I sat down to ask him about this particular car, I said, "Tell me how you came about buying this car." Weldon looked at me and said, "I think we need to go back farther than that." I settled in for a long story.
Video: Retro Review: '86 Ferrari 328 GTB:GTS, Lotus Turbo Esprit, Lamborghini Jalpa, Porsche 959
Check out this Retro Review from MotorWeek, featuring a Porsche 959.
911 GTS Club Coupe sweepstakes: Renew your PCA membership
As you may know, Porsche and PCA are giving away one 911 GTS Club Coupe in a sweepstakes, and all that's required to be automatically entered is an up-to-date primary membership when the sweepstakes ends on August 1. Remember to renew!
To read the terms and conditions for the sweepstakes, take a look at the official sweepstakes rules document.
Escape to Rushmore 2015: Oct. 1-3
Experience the exhilaration of driving your Porsche through history. Roam the hills with free-ranging buffalo, mine for gold at an old miner’s camp, explore some of the world’s largest caves, dine where Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok once called home, tour monuments like Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Escape to Rushmore 2015 is an event that you will not want to miss.
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California Festival of Speed
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The California Festival of Speed is an annual event that is put on by the Porsche Club at Auto Club Speedway, it is a three-day celebration of all things Porsche. Noticeably absent was the presence of RWB and Magnus Walker who seemed to draw the ire of many in the Porsche community. The event is a great celebration of all things Porsche and features an amazing car show, vendor section, and lots of club racing and autocross events. Check out the images below and be sure to put it on your calendar for next year. CLICK HERE for the official website.
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Check out Patrick Dempsey's stunning new Porsche 911 race car [w/video]
Many know Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd (or "McDreamy"), star of "Grey’s Anatomy." But it’s safe to say Dempsey isn’t your average Hollywood celebrity. He’s a racing driver through and through, and "McDreamy" just so happens to be quite "McSpeedy."
Porsche gets first World Endurance Championship pole of 2015
With the increased competition in the World Endurance Championship's LMP1 class, everyone's wondering who's really the fastest this year. Porsche looked great at the Prologue, but Audi was fast during practice for the 6 Hours of Silverstone. It's Porsche, though, who'll take up the entire front row of the grid.
The number 17 Porsche 919 duo of Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley nabbed pole for the 6 Hours of Silverstone, with Porsche's number 18 sister car driven by Neel Jani and Romain Dumas qualifying right behind in second.
Video: Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991): The beast is back
The most hardcore 911 ever to be created has arrived. With more power than ever before and a blistering ‘Ring time already under its belt, the 991 GT3 RS is going to be "up there" for many people.
Piech, Winterkorn to discuss VW leadership crisis, report says
Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech and the automaker's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, will discuss the company's leadership crisis when they meet within the next few days, a German newspaper reported.
The two executives will discuss Piech's statement that he doesn't want Winterkorn to succeed him as VW chairman when they meet, Handelsblatt reported.
2015 Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet review
Arguably the best corner on the private Ascari circuit is the first one. You’ve just straight-lined the tight, uphill right-left kink that ended the last lap and popped over the rise. Now it’s time to cut hard left. Stay off the apex curbing, give the 2015 Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet its heading, and bury the gas. It’s particularly so in a car like the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, which is why we’re here lapping at Ascari.
Video: Porsche 918 Spyder completes world-first stunt in Aussie Outback
Everybody knows about Germany’s speed-unlimited autobahns, but what many may not know is that there’s another stretch of road where drivers can push their cars to the limit without fear of losing their license: the Stuart Highway in Australia’s Northern Territory. To demonstrate the relatively unique abilities of its flagship 918 Spyder, Porsche recently took to the Stuart Highway and completed a world-first stunt.
Porsche Boxster Spyder GT4? Yes, please
The Porsche Boxster Spyder is stripped-down, lighter, manual-only and with a fancy fabric top. So what would happen if you made it more powerful and track-capable, like the Cayman GT4? That’s right: Boxster Spyder GT4, a thing Porsche is apparently considering. This news comes from the UK’s Autocar, which reports that the company is mulling a Boxster Spyder GT4 because demand for the Cayman GT4 has exceeded all expectations.
Porsche Macan raises the bar for compact SUVs [w/video]
Detroit Free Press
The 2015 Porsche Macan turbo high-performance SUV is good news for Porsche fans, but great news for other luxury brands.
That's because the Macan resets the bar for prices on compact luxury SUVs. Up. Way up.
While brands like Audi, BMW and Cadillac flirt with top prices just above $60,000, Porsche boldly sets sail for six digits with the Macan.
Alex Ross and Magnus Walker at Jay Leno's Garage
The Sports Car Guys
You may or may not have heard of Alex Ross, but you have probably heard of Porsche tuner Shark Werks. Alex is the co-owner of the high-performance company. Even if you haven’t heard of Shark Werks before, you have likely seen them on Jay Leno’s Garage. They have been on the web series a few times, the most recent being about a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997) project collaboration with Magnus Walker. Read more to see Alex’s answers to our questions.
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