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Issue 757

The Carrera GT remains in the pantheon of great supercars, but it’s been out of production since 2007. So what’s a man to do who wants a “new” one? Call up Porsche Classic, of course, and let them help you create your very own “Classic Masterpiece.” Editor Sass flew to Portugal to test a couple of new GTS models — the 718 Boxster and the Macan — which are definitely “A Cut Above.” Ryan Carignan got full access to the Pfaff Motorsports team during the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he witnessed their trials and tribulations as they raced “Twice Around the Clock.” Rich Sanders purchased a 914-6 from its original owner in 2008 and turned it into a GT tribute. Read about his journey in “Tributaries.” Esther Piller’s 1969 912 “Cricketeer” has been in her family since new and is still going strong.

All that plus the continuing intrigue of “The Spy Collector” and two new projects from the always inventive Alois Ruf.

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Issue 756

It takes a special kind of person to look at a supercar and say, “You know what? I think I can make it better.” Bruce Canepa has spent years refining and tweaking the 959, and as with "Blue Note," he will build you your very own. It’s not cheap, but we promise you’ll love it. And watch the video here!. In October 2018, we took a street-legal GT2 RS to Road America to face off against a GT3 Cup racer. This month we return to Wisconsin, but this time the GT3 Cup faces a race-ready GT2 RS Clubsport in a “Road Race.” Barry Goldstein spent $7,800 for a 1983 911 SC and got what you might expect for that money. But due to lots of persistence and a bit of luck, he turned his “Diamond in the Rough” into a head-turning longnose that he loves to drive. From the late 1950s through the ’70s, hill-climb competitions were fierce battles among major manufacturers. Read about Porsche’s lightest-ever hill climber, the “Lightweight Special” 909 Bergspyder.

All that plus spy shots of the Taycan Sport Turismo, race results from Daytona, and the latest chapter in “The Spy Collector.”

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Issue 755

There are few things more terrifying and destructive than fire. But it can also lead to rebirth, as in the case of Van Bagley’s 1986.5 928S, which was nearly burned up. Read about how his car was “Resurrected,” with some impressive upgrades to boot. In early 2019, Porsche launched the newest 911 with the upgraded S model. But as we found in our first drive of the recently released base 911, “A High Standard,” it is anything but basic. At last year’s Parade, a radical-looking 930 Turbo “Polar 911” caught our eyes, but its history, including 32 years spent in storage, is even more interesting. Northern Ohio Region member Marie Quintana first spotted a Cayman a decade ago, and was absolutely smitten. Read about her custom Cayman in “Instant Attraction.” Designer Grant Larson has had a distinguished 30-year career at Porsche. Read his interview in “Company Man.”

All this plus bios of the newest National PCA office holders, a note from PCA President Tom Gorsuch, and much more.

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Issue 754

To combat lackluster sales of the 924, Porsche developed a factory racing program for Le Mans in 1980. Learn about the 924’s racing story and our driving impressions of one 924 Carrera GTR that waited 35 years to hit the track in “Better Late Than Never." Every once in awhile, a particular Porsche takes your breath away. One such example is Rob Sewell’s 1997 Vesuvio Metallic Carrera S, which shows that “It’s All in the Details.” After several different owners and decades of restoration, a 1951 356 split-window coupe was finally ready to enter the concours field at the 2018 Parade. It is definitely “The Genuine Article.” In November 2019, two of Porsche’s finest engineers, Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger, celebrated birthdays. We look back on their storied history with the company in “Singer + Mezger” and interview them about their “Major Milestones.” 

Also, Csaba Csere delves into the debate between European and American horsepower standards, and endurance racing returns to South Africa’s Kyalami track.

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Issue 753

In a twist on the car magazine road trip story, Editor Sass picked up a brand-new 992 in Germany and then flew with it on a cargo plane to Ohio before driving to Porsche HQ in Atlanta. Enjoy the epic adventure story "992? 747? Whatever it Takes." Going strong for 21 years, the Rocky Mountain Region Ladies’ day is a special women-only track day. Read all about these “Pretty. Fast. Women.” We can’t get enough of special-edition Porsches, including two 914 LEs we saw at Amelia Island. Find out more about this “Rare Pair.” One typically equates the Yukon Territory with big trucks, not Porsches, but PCA member Al Courtney discovered an abandoned 1971 911S “At the Crossroads” and has been driving it ever since. We also interview Porsche Motorsport North America CEO Daniel Armbruster, whose refreshing philosophy is quite simply, “It’s About Fun.”

“The Spy Collector” continues its tale of automotive intrigue, and we offer a preview of Parade 2020, plus the usual tech, news, and race reports.

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Issue 752

Car lovers have always worshiped at the altar of internal combustion, but as the winds shift toward hybridization and electric power, our favorite automaker is proudly showing the way. Leading the charge is Porsche’s all-electric sport sedan, the 2020 Taycan. Check out our first drive. We also delve into the technology behind the Taycan in an-depth look, “Breaking New Ground.” Csaba Csere makes educated guesses about Porsche’s future EV and hybrid offerings in “The Future Is Electric.” We also take a look at Porsche’s efforts in the "Eclectic and Electric" Formula E race series, and we learn about the challenges faced by Chris Lennon when he converted his hill-climb car to full electric for a "Peak Run" charge up Pikes Peak. For those not ready to switch completely to electric, we drive the Panamara Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne E-Hybrid.

All that and the latest news, race information, and reports from our regions.

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Issue 751

The 64th Porsche Parade has come and gone, with all the spectacle, competition, and camaraderie for which it's known. Our extensive coverage includes results of all the competitions and "The Big Four," highlighting some of the competitors and participants at Parade, including their challenges and triumphs. Count Rossi, part owner of race sponsor Martini & Rossi, wanted to drive a street-legal 917. The only problem was that he couldn't get it registered, despite trying in France, Germany, and Italy. Enter the U.S. state of Alabama, which registered the car, as long as he promised never to actually drive it in the state. Read all about it in "Barely Legal." Among the great 911s is the Carrera RS 2.7, and writer Randy Wells had the good fortune to compare two, a Touring and a Lightweight, owned by two long-standing PCA members. Read his impressions in "RS x 2." And our serialized graphic novel "The Spy Collector," continues, in part 3.

All this, plus the latest news, new images of the electric Taycan, and Doug Neilson talks about suspensions.

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Issue 750

This month, Porsche Panorama proudly celebrates its 750th issue with a special 30-page section featuring every single cover and reflections about the magazine from its founding in December 1955 to the present in "Panorama @750: Celebrating a Milestone." Click here to watch a video that flips through all the covers as well. Elsewhere, we talk about how the turbocharged 991.2 is easier and cheaper than ever to tweak for higher output. Read about one example, the 911 GTS known as “Big Bird.” Carole Johnson is not one to take the conventional route, eschewing math for computer progamming in its nascence, and later ordering a paint-to-sample 1978 911 SC that she held on to for more than 40 years. Follow her story in “Stereotypes Smashed.” As we continue to celebrate 50 years of the 917, Sean Cridland takes a look back at 917-001, which after a somewhat convoluted history has been fully restored in “Back to Form.” 

All that plus a few words from PCA president Tom Gorsuch (page 10) and the latest Porsche news and racing results.

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Issue 749

Later this month, a significant piece of Porsche history goes up for auction. We have the rare chance to drive the legendary 1939 Type 64 in “Ground Zero.” Editor Rob Sass drives the highly anticipated, normally aspirated, six-cylinder 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder, due to go on sale in spring 2020. Read about them in “Top of the Line.” Dr. Arthur Ashman helped save the life of a member of the Porsche family in early 1962, which led to a meeting with Butzi Porsche and later a 1964 356 SC sunroof coupe, "Butzi's Car," which he still drives. Excellence was Expected is considered the definitive history of Porsche. On the release of its third edition, we profile author Karl Ludvigsen in “Excellence: Expected and Delivered." Ceileidh Siegel is a director at Hasbro, but she was playing for keeps when she found her dream Porsche and drove it across the country in 72 hours in “MINE-11.”

All that, plus a new chapter in “The Spy Collector," and Porsche’s new 911 RSR is revealed at Goodwood.

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Issue 748

This month we present the first installment of a Porsche-themed graphic novel called “The Spy Collector,” which we will serialize over the next several months; those who aren't members can read the first installment here. We also review the new sloping-roof “coupe” version of the Cayenne. Read Editor Sass’s impressions in “Some Like It Hot.” If the coupe isn’t your thing, the base-model Cayenne has plenty of merits, as Tom Voelk points out in “Standard Deduction.” We also drove the 500-hp GT3 Touring in Savannah and explored its dual personality in “Good & Evil.” The Petersen Automotive Museum recently ran an exhibit celebrating 70 years of Porsche. See how they dismantled it in “The Load Out,” and be sure to watch the timelapse video. Longtime North Country Region member Jay Gratton grew up in his family’s 944, which his dad sold in 2000. Eighteen years later, Jay bought the car back, so it remains “All in the Family.”

All that plus a look at the one-off prototype Boxster Bergspyder, a rundown of regional events, and more.

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