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May 2014

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.

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Day of Infamy
2014 Twelve Hours of Sebring
How one privateer 911 was robbed of a chance at victory, and Porsche's win was undermined.
First Flame
1953 356 Cabriolet
One man looks for a pre-A 356 like the one he had decades ago — and finds his old Porsche.
1994 968 Turbo S replica
Think real 911R parts are hard to come by? Try replicating an even rarer 968 with factory pieces.
The Real Deal
Andy Chapman
This remarkable mechanic worked for Brumos for 45 years, through thick and thin.
Tip to Six
1994 964 Speedster
A rare Speedster with the optional Tiptronic transmission gets a 993 six-speed manual.
Striking Speed
Car art by Jeff Hanson
One of 2014's wildest racing liveries is the work of a painter who lost much of his eyesight.