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December 2013 Panorama
The December 2013 issue of Porsche Panorama is winding its way to your mailbox, and will also be available in digital form on Dec. 15.

This issue's cover features an original painting by Nicolas Hunziker, which was commissioned to celebrate a very big year in Porsche racing history as well as a defining year for the 911. Inside, you'll find Bob Chapman's story on a 4.2-liter Cayman S — our first look at serious hot-rodding with Porsche's new-generation 9A1 flat six. Senior Editor Bill Oursler ably handles a profile on Derrick Walker, the team manager behind the Falken GT3 RSR's unexpected win at Petit Le Mans and a man with Porsche ties going back to Indy and the late Al Holbert.

Randy Wells introduces us to a PCA member who still enjoys driving his beautiful early 911S on the street, proving there is life after many years of PCA and SCCA racing. Peter Linsky tells us the story of a 1958 356 Speedster that lived a hard life as a track-worthy daily driver before its concours restoration. Finally, Ada Lee Halofsky checks out what may be the world's best 1974 914 1.8 — a Porsche so clean and original that its owner was literally clubbed with a checkbook at last summer's Porsche Parade. He didn't sell.

Of course, regular Panorama departments Art & Canvas, European Windows, Junior Driver, From the Regions, Street Talk, Tech Q&A, and zwART are all present and accounted for. We hope you'll enjoy the issue!
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Thank you to Porsche Panorama advertisers
As the December 2013 issue of Panorama is being mailed to our members this week, PCA and Porsche Panorama would like to thank all of our advertisers for the support in 2013. This has been a pivotal year in Panorama's history. We are grateful to all the companies who have expressed confidence in us over the years as well as the many new partners who joined us this year. 

Thank you for believing in us to reach 67,000 highly sophisticated Porsche households — an audience that is second to none! Without you the magazine in its current form would not have been possible.

Listing and links to our advertisers.

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Back to school: Training on Porsche's newest racing 911
By Cole Scrogham
It's not every day that Porsche announces a new racing car, specifically built for an all new racing series, so the new 991 GT America is already a special car by any standard. In order to help teams build some competency on the GT America, Porsche Motorsport attempted an exercise that has not been done since the 2000 season — inviting team members to an official training session, which immediately followed the Petit LeMans race in October. Any opportunity to visit the Porsche Training Center in Atlanta is one not to miss, so when Porsche Motorsport North America offered this opportunity, my name was on the list.
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PCA National President interviewed by Hemmings Motor News Radio
The interview with PCA National President Manny Alban was broadcast over the air last Saturday morning. Hemmings Motor News Radio broadcasts has been added to iTunes as a podcast. Interview can also be heard on their website. In addition to airing in podcast form on iTunes, Hemmings Motor News Radio broadcasts from WBTN-AM 1370 Bennington (at 10 a.m. eastern time Sat. morning). WBTN-AM can be heard on the internet via smartphones/ Android phones/ iPads via certain apps such as Tune In Radio and also or on laptops and desktops at and click "listen live."
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American de Phillippi among four Porsche juniors to contest one make cups in 2014
Porsche will support four young race drivers as Porsche juniors in the company's one-make series during the 2014 motorsport season.

Connor de Phillippi of San Clemente, Calif., returns for a second season as a Porsche junior competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. In addition to de Phillippi (20), the other current Porsche juniors will also continue to receive support. Austria's Klaus Bachler (22) will contest his second season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, with Alex Riberas (19) from Spain joining de Phillippi in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The newest junior, Sven Mueller (21, Germany), will tackle his first season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland next year.

Porsche provides its juniors with a large proportion of the season's budget and coaches the talented youngsters off the race track, as well.

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GT Le Mans, GT Daytona teams selected for 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials revealed a total of 40 production-based race cars from eight world-class manufacturers that will compete in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes.

2014 Season Entry List here.

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  Shift to a Higher Standard with SPEC
Clutches and Flywheels

SPEC manufactures a full line of Porsche clutches and flywheels for street and race applications. SPEC products are designed and built in-house in the US. 2009-2011 997 DFI billet steel single mass flywheels now available! MORE

Michelin Partners with IMSA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship; Manufacturer to provide tires for several GT Le Mans teams
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) welcomes another world-class brand to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with theannouncement that Michelin is now an approved tire supplier for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and proud partner of IMSA and the TUDOR Championship for the next two years.
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Porsche: Most successful manufacturer in ALMS history with 12 Class Championships
Official testing for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) series has already begun, and sports car fans everywhere are discussing the new classes, the new rules, the new cars, the new venues and how it will all come together on the track.
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Autobahn thrills to cost foreigners under German plan
For the privilege of driving on Germany's speedy autobahn, Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to charge everyone, except Germans. After weeks of negotiations, Merkel's conservative bloc and the Social Democrats agreed to levy a toll for using the country's highways as part of a deal to form a governing coalition.
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  Agreed Value Insurance Endorsed by PCA

• Unlimited Mileage? OK
• Commuting? Now Available
•$0 Deductible? Check
• Or set limits and pile on the savings.

We cover Classics, Exotics, Race Cars, Trailers... MORE

Video: 1967 Porsche 911 S at the Essen Motor Show
The Sports Car Guys
If you are from the United States then you are likely familiar with SEMA, which highlights aftermarket car products. In Germany they have a similar auto show, the Essen Motor Show. The yearly show highlights many aftermarket parts for many different types of cars, but mainly German cars.
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Video: Porsche Parade Southeast Asia 2013 — Where Porsche enthusiasts across borders unite
Porsche via YouTube
Porsche Parade Southeast Asia 2013 was a joint initiative by Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, supported by Porsche Club Singapore and Porsche Club Malaysia.

It is part of the events held in commemorating the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) in Singapore. The spectacular event brought together Porsche Club members from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, with a total of 126 Porsche cars present for the event driving up to Malaysia.

After 3 days of driving through Malaysia, the Porsche Parade ended with a Track Day at Sepang International Circuit, guided by 4 professional PCCA race drivers, namely Earl Bamber (winner of 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and nominated as driver of the coming Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season in 2014), Benjamin Rouget, Alexandre Imperatori and Rodolfo Avila. Take a look at the highlights in this video.

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Video: Desert Outlaw
Tamir Moscovici via Vimeo
In the summer of 2013 Tamir Moscovici was shooting the C7 at the El Mirage lake bed for his upcoming Sony Playstation feature documentary, 'KAZ'. While filming the team had a surprise visit from their favorite Outlaw. Thanks to Anthony Arendt on camera, Paul Proulx in the editing suite, Tamir Moscovici in the director's chair, and Magnus Walker behind the wheel.
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  997 Turbo Porsche PCCB's
The key advantage of PCCB, however, is the total weight saving over conventional iron discs to approximately 50%.

This huge reduction in both unsprung weight and rotating masses will enhance performance and fuel economy.

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The Porsche Museum welcomes its two-millionth visitor
During the anniversary year of the Porsche 911, the museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany, has welcomed its two millionth visitor through its doors. "We are delighted to have reached this new visitor record before Christmas," reports Achim Stejskal, Director Porsche Museum. During the second half of this year, the "50 years of the 911" special exhibition in particular attracted more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world to Zuffenhausen.
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PCA holiday cards now available
Now you can buy these PCA style holiday greeting cards to send to all your friends and family, showing your PCA pride.

With original artwork from PCA HQ - these are sure to be a hit. 10 cards and matching envelopes in each decorative box.

Be sure to specify SNOWMAN version or BLUE LOGO version when ordering. Price: $14.99 plus shipping Order here.

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  Intermediate Shaft Bearing Retrofit Kit

The intermediate shaft is a vital moving part in your vehicle’s engine. In event of failure, engine replacement or full rebuild is the only option. MORE

Sports and racing rarities lead early highlights for RM's two-day Arizona sale
RM Auctions

These RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, kicks off the 2014 auction season at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix on Jan. 16-17 for their annual Arizona event. With a 15-year reputation for offering the world's finest automobiles to a discerning international clientele, this year's event will feature a handpicked selection of approximately 120 blue-chip motor cars including no less than 12 Porsches.

Leading Porsche entries include: a 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder honored with numerous podium finishes at SCCA and USRRC events and previously owned by Bob Donner and Don Wester; a 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 that is among the most successful privateer-driven Type 906s and was formerly part of the famed Vasek Polak collection; and an extremely desirable and rare 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrerra 1500 GS Speedster with multiple concours awards, and documented history with only four owners from new. The wonderful selection of Porsches at RM's Arizona sale is rounded out by a selection out by four 911s and four 356s, as well as a 959 'Komfort.'
For those unable to attend the event in person, RM offers a broad range of remote bidding options, including Internet, absentee, and telephone bidding, and the auction will stream live online at, to provide real-time coverage of the event. For further information, and to view a frequently updated list of consignments, please visit or call RM toll free at 1 800 211 4371 (or +1 519 352 4575 outside North America).

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Order your PCA gifts by Dec. 12 to ensure holiday delivery
Visit the to find the perfect gift for your PCA/Porsche enthusiasts or even pick something up for yourself. Here's a small sampling of our inventory.

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Man arrested for stealing part of Paul Walker Porsche wreckage
Los Angeles Authorities have arrested a man accused of swiping a piece of the wrecked sports car that "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash.

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To bring back the drivers, rallies add brain-teasers
The New York Times
One by one, the cars rolled out of the parking lot and onto the Long Island Expressway for the start of the 2013 Vintage Rally: A Porsche 356C from the 1960s. A Porsche 550 Spyder replica. A Porsche 911 Turbo. A 2012 Hyundai Elantra. What's wrong with this picture?

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Is the new Macan worthy of the Porsche badge?
By David Hurth
A few weeks ago, Porsche unveiled the much anticipated Porsche Macan. The new compact SUV is the German performance carmaker's first attempt to enter that segment of the market. This new segment has the potential of being quite profitable for Porsche. With the chance of a good financial gain, it is no wonder the automotive manufacturer would like to enter the market, but is the Macan worthy of wearing the Porsche crest?

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HPI '12 Falken Tire Sprint 2 Sport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1/10 RTR Car HPI108220 ON SALE!

  • Replica BBS Racing Wheels
  • Nimble 4WD handling and easy to drive in all conditions
  • Adjustable shock positions to maximize suspension performance
  • Replica Falken Azenis RT Slick Tires
  • Ball bearings throughout the drive train for maximum speed and efficiency
  • Turnbuckles used for each camber link and steering rod allow fine adjustment of the suspension geometry to suit your driving style and track conditions
  • Many existing Sprint 2 option parts bolt directly on to maximize performance
  • SC-15WP waterproof and reversible ESC for smooth and efficient motor control
  • TF-40 radio system with pistol grip transmitter and 2.4GHz operation for trouble free reception
  • Silicone oil-filled coil-over shock absorbers
  • Vertically adjustable front and rear camber links are easily adjustable to suit conditions and driving styles
  • Pre-painted body with decals pre-applied
  • Foam bumper protects the car from potentially damaging impacts
  • Strong alloy steel dog bones for simplicity and durability
  • Adjustable height body mounts allow a variety of body styles to fit the chassis for a custom look
  • Sealed planetary gear differential for nearly zero maintenance and maximum reliability
  • 12mm wheel hex adapters used front and rear are compatible with all HPI 1/10th scale touring car wheels. Allows many different wheel and tire combinations to adapt to driving conditions and numerous styling options
PCA HPI Video.

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Attention Cayenne and tow vehicle owners: PCA and Club Racing tow hitch covers available

Made from OEM quality durable exterior grade plastic, this simple and effective design covers and protects the hitch receiver. They fit all standard 2" receivers, and feature detailed PCA emblem encapsulated beneath a clear U.V. protective dome. The encapsulation welcomes exterior use without the worries of the logo fading or discoloring. $19.99 each including shipping.

License Plate Frame Security Caps
Quality made in Germany from solid stainless steel for a substantial one-piece appearance. Unique cap design conceals your license plate and/or frame hardware and prevents any potential tampering or frame/plate theft. Provides years of exterior use and comes complete with instructions and a special hand tool for easy on and off application. Available in Black Pearl or Brushed metal finishes. One set includes two caps. $19.99 including shipping.

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PCA stainless steel license frames in stock
These elegant OEM quality stainless steel frames are now in stock in four finishes, including a high tech carbon fiber look. All frames are made from heavy rust proof 304 stainless steel with highly detailed laser etch graphics. Universal fit and easy mounting application. Includes matching frame finish hardware hider caps to complement your frames. Available in black powder-coated, brushed stainless steel, and gold titanium finishes. Price $19.99-39.99 S/H. Order here.
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Upload your favorite Porsche picture on The Porsche Club of America Visa Platinum Rewards Card
Show your PCA pride by carrying a PCA Visa Rewards Card!

• 0 percent Introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 6 months. After this period, a low variable APR will apply.
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Pick one of the standard designs or design your own card. Only available to U.S. residents. Visit for details. Sign up today!

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PCA Photo of the Week

2001 Carrera with factory aero kit with the Austin, Texas, skyline as the background.  I took this shot a few years ago when we lived near Austin.
Jerry Forthofer 
Carolinas Region PCA

Got a stunning shot you want to share? Submit your pictures to Be sure to include your contact information, your region name and a few sentences about your picture.

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Is the new Macan worthy of the Porsche badge? (By David Hurth)
Paul Walker death investigation: Police rule out second vehicle, focus on speed (CNN)
5 reasons to buy a vintage Porsche (By Noelle Talmon)
Someone spent $57,000 on this rusted wreck of a 1957 Porsche (Business Insider)
Video: Chris Harris pits Porsche 911 Turbo against McLaren 12C (Motor Authority)
Porsche recalls 2013-14 vehicles for two problems (

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