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Defying the Porsche owner stereotype
By Noelle Talmon
I met a German several years ago who told me that only dentists rode Harley Davidsons in his country. I laughed, knowing full well that everyone from outlaw bikers to weekend warriors rides them in the United States. Presumably, the high cost of importing the motorcycles from America to Europe meant only professionals could afford them. The same stereotype is often applied to Porsche ownership — only the affluent drive them.
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Make Parade Your 2015 Vacation!
PCA
The Porsche Club of America cordially invites you to attend our 60th Annual Porsche Parade Celebration in French Lick Indiana from June 21-27, 2015. Our 60th Parade coincides with the Club’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, and we’re planning a series of special events at French Lick that will pay tribute to the cars and people who have made us the greatest single marque sports car club in the world.

Hotel reservations cannot be made without our group code. That code will be emailed to you when you register for Parade. Registration opens March 17th. Until then, the hotel will not accept reservations. We do that so we can fill the resorts — French Lick and West Baden with Porsche people!

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Zone 4 Preview Announcement for the 2015 North American International Auto Show
PCA
PCA Zone 4 and Porsche Cars North America cordially invite you and a guest to the North American International Auto Show being held in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Hall Conference & Exhibition Center Jan. 12-25, 2015. The show opens to the public on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) has announced that it will be providing a private presentation of their 2015 models for PCA Members and guests from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM before the show opens to the public, which will make it a very special event to attend for all of the Porschephiles in our Club. A block of rooms has been reserved at THE HENRY, Autograph Collection (Marriott) in Dearborn, MI for January 16-18, 2015, listed under Porsche Club of America.
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Check out December 2014's Panorama!
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In this issue, motorsports photographer Dale Kistemaker recounts the story of his first trip to Le Mans in 24+30 and shares with us some stunning images of the 24-hour race circa 1984. In The Free Man, Laura Burstein reveals the connection between Ford's Director of Stragic Design, Freeman Thomas, and Porsche. Think you're too young to own a nice Porsche? Think again: In Cool Car, Michael Harley profiles a home-built, 911-powered 914 owned by a college student. While the most powerful street-legal Porsche makes a staggering 887 horsepower, Doug Neilson discovers in Force Fed that decades-old 928s are closing ground on that number — with help from twin turbocharging. Ever wonder how Porsche's best-selling model, the Cayenne, came to fruition? Randy Leffingwell gives us the inside story in Real Genius.

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!

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Autoblog drives GT3 Cup ANDIAL Edition
PCA
PCA Wichita Region member Klaus Viljanmaa is no stranger to Porsche race cars, having competed at the club level in many late-model 911s, including a GT3 RSR. But even after that pro-level beast of a race car, he yearned for a truly special Porsche that would excel in a track environment. When Porsche Motorsports North America announced the 911 GT3 Cup ANDIAL Edition, of which five will be made, Klaus ordered the first one. And now that it's finished, Porsche Panorama contributor Michael Harley secured some seat time in the 515-horsepower Cup car and shared his impressions of it on Autoblog. I'm the lucky soul strapped firmly in the cockpit of the white-and-blue racecar. The tight carbon-fiber seat is cutting into my hips, the racket from the gearbox is making me deaf and a river of sweat is flowing off the tip my nose – blame the high ambient temperatures combined with the stress of driving someone else's expensive machine on an utterly unfamiliar circuit."
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Porsche exceeds previous year's sales by November
Porsche
Porsche AG increased global deliveries to customers from January to November this year to more than 169,000 vehicles, already exceeding the overall total for 2013 of 162,145 new vehicles. This represented a growth of 15 percent over the same period last year (January to November 2013: 147,290 vehicles). In the month of November, Porsche delivered 17,700 vehicles — an increase of one quarter over the same month last year.
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Last minute holiday items available from the PCA webstore! Will deliver by Dec. 24th!
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Click here for items you can receive for your favorite PCA-er for the holidays!

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Restoration Romantic I: Ingredients for the perfect Porsche vacation
PCA
Michael and Tara Benet of Lincoln Trail Region in Illinois were itching for an adventure to enjoy Michael's recently restored 1967 Porsche 912. The midwest in December isn't sports-car friendly, and so the Benets started looking west for their getaway. Michael's blog series, Restoration Romantic, will document their journey to California and shine light on what it takes to ship your Porsche and enjoy it in a new location. Stay tuned!

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Porsche 918 Spyder sold out, with Americans as top buyers
Bloomberg
Porsche sold the last of the limited-edition 918 Spyder supercar, the German company’s most expensive model, and Americans snapped up more than anyone else. U.S. customers bought 297 of the car, with Germany and China accounting for about 100 vehicles each, the Stuttgart-based unit of Volkswagen AG said in a statement.
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Video: Petrolicious profiles one man's Porsche 912, a "barbecue car"
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There wasn’t much difference between the Porsche 911 and the 912 except for one crucial feature: the engine. While the 911 enjoyed a new air-cooled flat six, the 912 employed the air-cooled flat four used for so many years in the 356 to make it more affordable than the 911. As a result, enthusiasts traditionally haven't viewed the 912 in as favorable light as the 911. But in 2014, as noted by Frenchman Julien Borne in this Petrolicious video, the 912 is coming into its own.

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A Porsche so rare, even Google hadn't heard of it
Road & Track
The story of the forgotten Porsche began in 1964. Back then, this particular Porsche 911 was happily running along in its standard configuration. Then, in 1966, it would be sent to the Automotive Engineering department at the University of Aachen. The mission: turn it into a 'racing coupé' with a folding roof. The design study seems to take at least some inspiration from the Porsche 904 race car and its rear engine cover, which could be seen as a kind of retractable roof.
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS looks wicked, this way comes
Autoblog
Those who didn't think Porsche went extreme enough with the latest 911 GT3 likely won't be disappointed when the more focused GT3 RS arrives. And as you can see from these latest spy shots, it looks like it's speeding right around the corner. Tipped to debut at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is shaping up to be an enthusiast's dream — and with the prospect of a GT2 in doubt, could be the most hardcore Elfen in the range. Instead of the 3.8-liter flat-six in the current GT3, the new RS will pick up where the previous limited-edition GT3 RS 4.0 left off, with four naturally aspirated liters of unadulterated boxer power channeling a good 520 horses to the rear wheels.
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Here are 10 of the best Porsches on eBay for less than $30,000
Car Buying
There's nothing that moves your automotive street cred up a few notches like owning a Porsche. It's something about the brand's ability to take a conventional car's layout, screw it up completely, and end up with a world-beating platform that astounds enthusiasts to this day. Here are the ten best reader-chosen examples on eBay for under $30,000.
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Porsche Racing Shifts up a Gear
Porsche
Porsche has made a clear commitment to factory and customer racing for 2015 at the annual Night of Champions motorsport gala at the world headquarters in Weissach, Germany over the weekend. "We will be keeping the throttle down, and even shift up a gear! Motorsport is deeply rooted in the Porsche marque and for us it is more than an end in itself. On race tracks around the world, we test and develop technologies that are relevant for our sports car customers on the street," emphasized Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development, in his speech to Porsche motorsports racers worldwide who attended the event.
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How to own a ridiculously cheap and reliable Porsche 911
Car Buying
There exists an insane performance value in the used car market, and it's called the Porsche 911 — specifically, the 996 chassis that spanned the years between 1999 and 2004. However, there is a catch: They experience premature engine failure due to a small but integral part of the engine. Here's how to fix it for good, and drive a Porsche 911 for next to nothing.
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Cost-no-object Porsche 935 was built to win
Petrolicious
The 1982 Porsche 935 JLP-4 is of great interest to classic Porsche enthusiasts and racing fans alike. This car was the last of the JLP racing build specials, and it was the only ground effect Porsche 935 to hit the racing circuit. The American-built Porsche was driven by John Paul Jr., and its claim to fame included two 1982 IMSA wins ahead of other drivers like Danny Ongais and Hurley Haywood.

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This short film will make you fall in love with the Rauh Welt Porsche
Bold Ride via Yahoo Autos
One minute and 19 seconds. That’s all it takes to fall absolutely in love with this Porsche 964 Rauh Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo. RWB is one of those companies where you either are fully onboard and drinking the Kool-Aid, or find them spectacularly hideous, something that ruins the lines of the original car. That however doesn’t negate the truth in the story telling behind this film.

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Crash damaged classic Porsche gets metal makeover
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Meet the father-and-son car restorers who turn rust to riches by buying, selling and fixing some of rarest cars in the world. In this video, Lance is tested by a 1960s Porsche which has been stripped back to bare metal. Merlin has taken on a 1984 Mercedes 380SL and reveals the pros and cons of buying cars online.
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Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the PCA E-Brake, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of PCA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Porsche of the Week
PCA
My Garage! When my wife decided to remodel the house, I decided to continue the remodel — in the garage! In addition to some new paint, flooring, air compressor, shop vac, a number of old Porsche posters from the 1950s, I created a PORSCHE sign illuminated with 210 LEDs that is remote controlled from my car. Now I have to make space for my 1956 356 T1 that is currently undergoing a bare metal restoration, so the remodel may turn into an expansion!

Photo by: Anand Rajani
Sequoia Region PCA

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

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