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As 2014 comes to a close, PCA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the E-Brake a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6.



Stemming the tide: Let's save the manual transmission
By Skip Kuhn
From April 29: What is a manually-shifted car? After 30 years as an engineer in the automotive industry and 36 years of driving more cars than I have fingers, toes and hair follicles, I think my definition fits with others Porsche owners of like mind. And it's not only the definition of what they are, but I also share their concerns about the uncertain future of manually-shifted cars being offered by Porsche and other manufacturers. So, I offer a somewhat different — but eminently practical — method to help stem the tide of automatic shifting into our beloved automobiles.
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Porsche set to muscle in on Range Rover
By Joseph Archibald
From Feb. 11: The new Porsche Macan is set to hit the U.S. market this spring, and the German automaker is hoping that the smaller category of the luxury SUV market will slot in nicely just below the larger and more costly Porsche Cayenne. As you would expect, the front fascia on the Macan and much of its side profile appear similar to the existing Cayenne, albeit a scaled-down version. However, at the rear there's more of a resemblance to the 911, along with its single-piece bar taillight design. This is a slick touch indeed.
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Porsche Targa gets back to its roots
By David Hurth
From Feb. 4: At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the big debuts was the new Porsche 911 Targa. The rear-engined sports car is a throwback to the early days of the Targa, but with a modern twist. The Targa was originally introduced in 1967 and allowed open-air driving thanks to a removable hard top panel. The design allowed for a roll bar that made it safer in the event of a rollover and more rigid than a standard convertible. Over the years, the Targa kept the same basic design, until it was changed in 1996. With the 991 variant of the Targa, Porsche has returned to the original style.
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Finding your point of entry to the timeless world of Porsche
By Skip Kuhn
From Nov. 18: I recently made a couple of observations about the current Porsche business model. The first one was that an entry-level Porsche was best defined as a used Porsche. The second observation was that Porsche has definitely been targeting a broader and less traditional customer base with the introduction of the SUV and sedan product lines. Now, fast-forward a few months to comments by Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. Apparently, I was merely an observer of what Porsche had already decided.
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The human element of Porsche buying
By Pablo Deferrari
From March 11: My wife has wanted a 968 Cabriolet since the day she saw her first one. I remember half-heartedly looking for one 10 years ago, but I didn't know a thing about these cars back then, and quite frankly I wasn't keen on learning about them. Recently, I finally bought the car my wife has been lusting for; it was a complete surprise, she knew nothing of my plans about making good on her dream — besides, this time I was much more knowledgeable about 968s. All of my prejudices have been washed away ages ago, so I was totally into the whole experience. But this article isn't about how I orchestrated the whole thing, there's more to it than that — something a bit more human.
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A day in the life of a vintage Porsche owner
By Noelle Talmon
I affectionately call my black 1976 911S "Smoky," because the first week I owned him smoke billowed out of the engine compartment while I was driving around my neighborhood. Fearing my skills behind a Volkswagen didn't translate into the more difficult Porsche clutch, I was relieved to discover it was just the heat exchange hose that had popped off and needed adjustment. The name Smoky stuck, and I discovered that owning a vintage car has its set of challenges.
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Buying a certified preowned Porsche pays off
By Darrel J. Doré
From Jan. 14: In September 2013, I embarked on my third trip across the United States since I retired in 2007 — and most importantly, my first cross-country trip in my 2009 Porsche Boxster. The last time I drove cross-country in a Porsche was 41 years earlier in my shiny, new Irish Green 1971 Porsche 911T. Needless to say, my head was filled with nostalgia and excitement. My delight quickly ended when a broken cable left me stranded on the side of the road. Thankfully, I had a certified preowned Porsche, and it certainly paid off.
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Daumen drücken: Exploring the history of the 928's birth
By Pablo Deferrari
From Nov. 25: I thrust myself from bed in a cold sweat. It was just before 4 a.m., Saturday morning no less. I was backed up against a wall in the car delivery hall of the Zuffenhausen plant with Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann jabbing his finger in my chest, while Herr Helmuth Bott and Herr Heinz Branitzki flanked him, asking me to make a decision — fast. I would have been quick with a confident response while containing myself from laughing uncontrollably at his preposterous and completely out of character reaction, but I wasn't. Instead, a cold spike of fear thrust up my spine — I couldn't decide.
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We all speak one language — Porsche
By Pablo Deferrari
From May 6: I normally don't engage in posts on Facebook, but I made an exception the other night because it seemed like a provocative one. I went something like this: "What is your attitude toward non-928 owners who think anything other than a 911 is not a true Porsche? I like being different and feel that the 911 yuppies see their rides as status symbols. Your thoughts?" Now, I'm sure you've come across this sort of question before, possibly with different numbers in the equation, comparing one camp to another. I've lost count, but something about this particular question triggered an involuntary reaction to respond. Thing is, I was once one of those guys to whom the post was making reference.
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An old 911 and the long road back
By Dave Hogan
From May 27: Do you remember the feeling you had when you bought your first Porsche? Most Porsche people sure do. Now imagine having that same feeling for 40 years. That is what happened to PCA Blue Ridge Region member Keith Martin. It was 1973 when Martin first saw his dream car: a forlorn and neglected 911 sitting in the weeds. At the time, Martin was only 19 years old and did not know how rare a 1964 Porsche 911 would become, it was just his car. The car sat for many years, disassembled but properly stored and preserved. As the 50th anniversary of the 911 approached, Martin found he had the necessary resources to begin restoration.
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Articles are selected from topics currently in the news and do not necessarily represent the views or priorities of PCA. This e-newsletter is intended solely to serve as a weekly synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of Porsche issues and/or articles published. Inclusion of any item does not constitute PCA's endorsement, and it is intended only to make PCA members aware of current Porsche news items.



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