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As 2013 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 PCA e-Brake, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013.




Thank you to Porsche Panorama advertisers
PCA
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.

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Top 5 cars to drive before you die
Yahoo Autos
From Aug. 6: Most automobiles today look the same. Sure, we obsess on little differences between number of airbags and whether the power windows have an "auto-up" function, but modern vehicles have converged onto similar throat-lozenge-looking platforms.
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5 best non-911 Porsche production cars
The Sports Car Guys
From Aug. 13: The Porsche 911 is the German car maker's best known vehicle. The 911 has been with us for 50 years now, surviving a plan to replace it in the 80s. There have been some great 911s made, but Porsche has made some other pretty special cars.
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Is this the real Porsche Macan?
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From March 26: As far as we know, Porsche has at least two very important model launches this year. First of all, the Panamera will receive a very important facelift via the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, followed closely by the all-new Macan, a smaller SUV that was initially nicknamed Cajun, short for Cayenne Junior.
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Porsche announces Macan compact SUV
Gizmag
From Nov. 26: At first, the idea of Porsche making a compact SUV seems like Heston Blumenthal opening a rib joint. Notwithstanding, Porsche's recipe for mixing a sports car with a small 4x4 were revealed on Nov. 19, when the company presented the new Macan SUV line to the world at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Macan, a name derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, isn't the first SUV that Porsche has made, but it's the first compact model, and it does look as if the automaker has grabbed an Indonesian tiger by the tail.
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Is the new Macan worthy of the Porsche badge?
By David Hurth
From Dec. 3: 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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Porsche patina: Rejuvenating a 928
By Pablo Deferrari
From June 25: I think it happened somewhere around 1983. I was bitten hard when a 911 Turbo whooshed by me, and from that moment I became an air-cooled 911 junkie. But something else infatuated me that, to this day, I can't quite figure out how it came to be — I secretly lusted after her younger, more Rubenesque sister. You see, there was something about her lines, her eyes and especially her rump that was very different from the 911, but yet inexplicably similar. It took all of 30 years for this attraction to be re-ignited because she had aged so gracefully and looked better than ever. I had to have her.
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The 944 that defeated fascism
By Pablo Deferrari
From Aug. 27: I've been quietly observing an interesting phenomenon. It seems that a handful of Porsche owners are so devoted to one model that an ugly truth tends to rear its head — snobbery. You see, I was one of those guys. I've had a long passion with 911s, so much so that at one point I didn't even think any other Porsche would be worthy of my consideration. Then something magical happened, I met my future wife, and she had a 944S. Here's where my education began.
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3 cars that were ahead of their time
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From June 18: Bill Wilson writes, "I was too young to watch the original Star Trek series when it first came out, but I’ve seen every episode dozens of times via reruns. One thing that amazes me is how far ahead of its time the show was. It shows characters sitting at video monitors, loading data onto floppy disks, and talking to computers with voice recognition software. In the 1960s, those kinds of devices were on the leading-edge of scientific speculation. Nowadays they’re so common we hardly pay them any attention."
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Saying goodbye to an old friend and hello to a Porsche Boxster
By David Hurth
From Sept. 3: This past weekend was a bittersweet one for me. I sold my trusty old Porsche 944 that I had driven for five years and replaced it with an early Boxster. My 1983 944 was a good, dependable car that served me well. Unfortunately, it was getting up in miles and was starting to need a lot of maintenance. I was sad to see my old friend go to a new home, but then I got in the Boxster and gave it a bit of gas, and all that went away.
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Video: Tradition: Future — The 911 50th anniversary edition
Porsche via YouTube
From June 4: 911. Three digits. Nothing more than a logo. And yet it represents a legendary sports car concept. Today's 911 still has many stories to tell. Of heroic race victories. Of a design that has become iconic. Of countless childhood dreams. And of a timeless idea. Experience the 911 50th anniversary edition in this video.
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Porsche Cayman S goes snow drifting and tops out at 180 mph
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From Feb. 12: With the right set of tires and an experienced pair of hands behind the wheel, a mid-engined sports car like the new Porsche Cayman S (981) can be quite a joyful toy on a snow-covered track, as Sport Auto's Christian Gebhardt proves in this video that was shot at the Hockenheim racetrack in Germany.
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An '80s rock star and her classic 911
By Pablo Deferrari
From Sept. 10: She's walking out of the liquor store laden down with her handbag on one hand and a case of Pabst in the other. A couple of good ol' boys leaning up against a pickup truck nearby watch her. As she puts the case down to open the door on her 993, she looks up and notices them gawking at her. They make eye contact and then one of the guys bobs his head up and down with a smile and gives her a thumbs-up. This is just another ordinary day.
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Macan S Diesel will be America's most affordable Porsche: Report
Motor Authority
Next year will see Porsche's Macan crossover receive two new variants: a four-cylinder base Macan and a fuel-efficient Macan S Diesel. Unfortunately, only the diesel model will be reaching the U.S. market.

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Michelin Partners with IMSA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship; Manufacturer to provide tires for several GT Le Mans teams
IMSA
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) welcomes another world-class brand to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with the announcement 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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Autobahn thrills to cost foreigners under German plan
Bloomberg
For the privilege of driving on Germany's speedy autobahn, Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to charge everyone, except Germans.

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Dario Franchitti and his Porsche 911 hot rod
Clint Davis (blog)
From Jan. 15: Clint Davis writes, "I got the call from Panorama (Porsche Club of America) to ask if I could make the drive to Tennessee to shoot Dario and his insanely immaculate, but well driven, 1973 911E hot rod. Of course these conversations are always humorous because how could I possibly turn that down?"
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Porsche to have 3 world debuts at the LA Auto Show
The Sports Car Guys
From Oct. 15: The LA Auto Show is fast approaching and it looks like it will be a good one for Porsche Enthusiasts. It has been confirmed by the LA Auto Show that the German performance car maker will have three world debuts at the show.
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50 greatest supercars of all time
Yahoo Autos
From Sept. 10: Supercars are the cars that set the standards. Cars built as technological statements by their makers and often with the claim of being the best in the world. They're the cars of which dreams are made, passions are inflamed and imaginations fueled. They are what makes loving cars such an easy thing to do.
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Paul Walker death investigation: Police rule out second vehicle, focus on speed
CNN
From Dec. 3: Investigators have been unable to find evidence of a second car in the accident that killed popular "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker on Saturday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman said. The probe now centers on the speed of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Walker's racing team partner, the spokesman told CNN.
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A documentary film about how PCA opened a member's eyes to track driving
By Nathan Shriver
From Oct. 1: There are so many beautiful short films out there from the Porsche racing professional's point of view — pieces from Jeff Zwart and the Drive Channel come to mind — but I couldn't find anything out there that told the story of the aspiring weekend track warrior. We decided to create a documentary film to really shine a light on what PCA "driver's education," or DE, is all about, from the perspective of the amateur, gentleman racer.
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Hurley Haywood reunited with his winning 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
The Sports Car Guys
From Apr. 23: Hurley Haywood is a legendary endurance racing driver. Hurley is also undeniably linked very closely to Porsche Motorsport. On the 40th anniversary of his first 12 Hours of Sebring win, Haywood is reunited with the winning 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS.
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A tour of the Porsche Museum in Germany
By Joe Lapin
From May 14: In February, attaining 66 years of age, I had an epiphany and realized how very little time remains. I am now more motivated to avoid procrastination, which I consider to be the scourge of most men's existence. In this context, I embarked on a unique adventure that ultimately satisfied several long-held desires, one of which was visiting the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. To see the evolution of the iconic cars that evolved from the fertile mind of Ferdinand Porsche, and to witness the skill of the craftsmen who built them, was really inspiring.
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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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