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Issue 687

In this issue, veteran Porsche shoe Ted West brings us first driving impressions of the most sporting 981s to date, the 2015 Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. Panorama Editor Pete Stout interviews Owen Hayes, Director of Operations for Porsche Motorsport North America—who provides the reason we still haven’t seen the 9A1 flat six in the GT3 Cup or GT3 RSR. 

In Old Car, New Eyes, 911 nut Pete von Behrens offers a modern perspective on a classic 356C—one with two innovative tricks up its sleeve. Author and photographer Randy Wells focuses on a real showstopper: a 1972 911S restoration that’s truly over the top. 

In Birth of the Targa, Porsche historian Randy Leffingwell chronicles the birth and evolution of the 911 Targa before diving into his second feature for this issue—which gives us the inside scoop on Porsche’s retro 2015 Targa alongside driving impressions from PCA member, club racer, and Autoblog regular Michael Harley. 

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!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 686

In this issue, National President Manny Alban tells us why PCA is issuing a $500,000 rebate to its regions this year on a per-member basis—and it’s very good news. In the May issue’s first feature, racing guru Marshall Pruett analyzes the debacle that was the 2014 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and considers its meaning for North American sports-car racing. 

Then there are the cars. Clint Davis gives us the inside scoop on one PCA member’s replica of the 1994 968 Turbo S, a model Porsche produced in an edition of just ten cars. Ted West introduces us to a beautifully restored pre-A 356 cabriolet—and the member who loved it so much he bought it twice. Zachary Mayne checks out a rare 964 Speedster owned by a PCA member who ditched the car’s original and rarely ordered Tiptronic automatic transmission for a 993 six-speed manual.

Canadian author Lorraine Sommerfeld profiles Florida’s Andy Chapman, a mechanic who worked for Brumos for more than 45 years. Finally, Bob Chapman brings us the story of Jeff Hanson, an extraordinary young painter who lost much of his eyesight as a boy but was chosen to design one of 2014’s wildest 911 race-car liveries.

Of course, regular Porsche Panorama departments Art & Canvas, European Windows, From the Regions, Street Talk, Tech Q&A, and zwART are all present and accounted for. Enjoy the issue.

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 685

For this issue, engineer Pete von Behrens analyzes the 919 Hybrid, a four-wheeled racing lab with a singular goal: victory at Le Mans. Kieron Fennelly introduces us to Valentin Schäffer, the quiet force behind Porsche’s turbocharged dominance on road and track. If you’ve been wondering about Porsche’s new Macan SUV, Randy Leffingwell answers the critical questions: Does it deliver, and is it any fun to drive?

Or perhaps you’ve been feeling the need to hit the road? Pete von Behrens takes us on an adventure along the challenging coastal roads of Northern California in a trio of 997 GT3s—an RS 3.8, a RS 4.0, and a 4.1-liter RS claiming a remarkable 540 hp. German author Helmut Werb tells the fascinating tale of Robert Bosch, a slacker-turned-industrialist who founded one of the world’s great companies. Finally, Doug Demuro considers silly German cars in Porsche’s Last Laugh.

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. Enjoy the issue!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 684

Our cover features a photo by Bob Chapman taken at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Author Marshal Pruett gives us the story on Porsche’s win there, and details Porsche’s chances in the new United Sports Car Racing series. Meanwhile, David Mathews tells us about a 356A coupe that was Porsche’s 1957 Geneva show car. It has traveled just over 10,000 miles since then, and remains a paragon of originality. Ted West introduces us to a slick, no-holds-barred monster of a 997 GT3 RS with all the best bits from the GT3R and GT3 RSR. Sean Cridland travels to New Mexico to meet Gary Smith, a PCA member living out the tradition of Upfixin’ de Porsche. John Celona plays detective and delves deeper into the background of his 986 Boxster, only to find it left Porsche AG with a prototype engine! Which one? Read on… 

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. Enjoy the issue!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 683

In this issue, writer Michael Harley travels to Weissach to learn more about Porsche’s next release, the Macan SUV, based on an already-familiar Audi platform but described as a “five-passenger sports car.” Our question: Is it worthy of the Porsche crest? In "Shades of 1978," hard-driving engineer and PCA member Pete von Behrens explores how PDK and other performance-enhancing technologies fit into sports cars meant to excite and inspire drivers. William Edgar introduces us to Ruth Levy, a driver of indomitable spirit, and shares the story of her successful career in the male-dominated world of racing Spyders and Speedsters in the 1950s. In "Life Changer," Zachary Mayne meets a PCA member and musician who traded a Gibson Les Paul Jr. guitar for a vintage 914 at the age of 20, and has transformed his passion for car restoration into a thriving business. Finally, prices have been rising steadily in the Four-Cam 356 market for years, but values have rocketed recently.  Find out why, with an expert, in-depth analysis from Prescott Kelly.

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!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 682

You probably read Pete Stout’s first drive in a 918 prototype in the June 2013 issue, but now you can ride along as he tests the finalized 918 Spyder—Porsche’s hybrid exotic with nearly 900 hp and more than 900 lb-ft of torque. Randy Leffingwell reveals the surprising history of a 1969 911 GTS, found in a New York Times classified ad back in 1973—with a background that was entirely unexpected. Porsche’s new X73 Sport Suspension option for the 981 Boxster is put to the test by Alexander Palevsky, as he takes to the challenging coastal roads of Southern California to review its performance against the finesse of the 987 Boxster Spyder. In "Hot Tip," we meet a two-time 944 buyer who dreamt of a 911 Speedster after a chance meeting at a PCA Parade in 1989—and drove the one he bought back to the scene of that Parade 24 years later. Finally, Bob Chapman spends time with teenage phenomenon Madison Snow, who has been driving a 911 GT3 Cup in IMSA competition since he was just 15 years old.

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!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 681

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!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 680

In this issue, you'll find Ted West's tale of one doctor's 1996 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, a well-worn 993 that's gone the distance of six-hundred Indy 500s (in case you're doing the mental math, that's 300,000 miles!). He follows it with a feature on his time in 981s and 991s at Porsche's Canadian Camp4, that school of ice driving and, er, self respect. In our ongoing celebration of the 911's 50th anniversary, Senior Editor Bill Oursler tells us how the hallowed RSR nameplate got its start in North American racing, and why it owes much of its success to the crafty politics of one man. Features about more PCA members' cars follow. The first, written by Ada Lee Halofsky, covers a fantastic green 1956 356A coupe saved by a couple who fell for the 356 and just had to have one. Then author/photographer Zach Mayne introduces us to a young PCA member who went all out to build the car of his dreams: a 3.1-liter 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S. 

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!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 679

In this issue, you’ll find noted Porsche expert Randy Leffingwell’s story on the 991 Turbo and Turbo S—which uses pioneering technology to make it the fastest Porsche over the road yet. Ken Gross checks out the 16-cylinder 917 engine, the largest Porsche powerplant ever built and an exploration in the quest to utterly dominate Can-Am racing. Valerie Roedenbeck Maloof spends time with Grand-Am and ALMS star driver Leh Keen and the factory-built 993 race car he got his start in—with PCA Club Racing. Peter Falk, the famous Porsche engineer, pens an exclusive article on the development of the 911 for Panorama’s ongoing series celebrating the iconic Porsche’s 50th anniversary. And, finally, funnyman Ted West gets the last word with his look at a 986 Boxster S that has been rebodied as … a Karmann Ghia Convertible — and quite well, in fact. 

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!

Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

Issue 678

There is timing, and then there is timing. Taking a job at Panorama in the 911's 50th year is one of those things you couldn't - or wouldn't - write, put Porsche's most iconic car has been challenging me since I drove one for the first time in the 1990's.

I suppose the 911 has been challenging me since I was a little boy. Back then, I didn't know quite what to make of its styling, or the fact my best friend would trade any of his Matchbox cars but that one. Actually, the object of his obsession was a Tomy Pocket Car, a silver 930...

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Note: There has been an update to Porsche Panorama digital that took effect December 15, 2014. To access the issue from this page, you must log into PCA.org before clicking the Interactive Edition button. Additional log-in information is no longer required. If your PCA membership is current, the issue will load right up. To find out how to access the new Panorama mobile apps, click here.

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