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New Book Release: “Professor Porsche’s Wars: The Secret Life of Legendary Engineer Ferdinand Porsche” by Karl Ludvigsen
Received this book in the mail this week from Pen & Sword Military books in the U.K., compliments of the author Karl Ludvigsen. I am so excited to get into reading it thoroughly. Have to read the book before making any conclusions or review. However, from reading the first chapter last night about the young automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company, so far sounds very interesting and well documented about him creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche). There will be more to review later on. Definitely an in-depth and richly illustrated account of Ferdinand Porsche‘s little-known career as a military engineer embracing both World Wars. Providing insights into the creative thinking and working methods of one of the greatest automotive engineers.
It’s a hardback book, containing 272 pages worth, 250 black and white historical images, size of book is 11 x 1 x 8.8 inches (276 x 215 mm), 3.1 pounds. Imprint/publisher is: Pen & Sword Military
About the new released book & the author
Regarded as one of the great automotive engineers of the twentieth century, Ferdinand Porsche is well remembered today for his remarkable automotive designs including the Volkswagen Beetle and Auto Union Grand Prix cars. Yet there is another side to his extraordinary career, for he was an equally inventive designer of military vehicles and machinery. In this field too he excelled. Indeed the sheer versatility of his contribution is astonishing. Karl Ludvigsen’s study is the definitive guide.
He tells the complete story, focusing on Porsche’s relations with the German armed forces and on the stream of advanced designs he was responsible for. Included are Austro Daimler’s pioneering aero engines, the Kübelwagen, Schwimmwagen, Type 100 Leopard tank, Ferdinand or Elefant tank destroyer and the astounding Type 205 Maus tank. He also describes Porsche’s creative work on aero engines, tank engines and even a turbojet for the V-1 flying bomb.
Karl Ludvigsen ‘s account confirms the pre-eminence of Ferdinand Porsche as a brilliant and prolific engineer, one of the most remarkable of his generation.
About the Author
Karl Ludvigsen is a world-renowned and prize-winning historian and author with over fifty books to his credit. He has made in-depth studies of the cars and histories of Volkswagen, Corvette, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz as well as the careers of leading Grand Prix drivers and designers. A former vice-president of Ford of Europe, Ludvigsen has had a life-long interest in engineering and military history. Among his most notable publications are Porsche: Excellence Was Expected, Battle for the Beetle and Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator.
In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl’s life-long passion.
Since 1997 Ludvigsen has been drawing on the photographic resources of the Ludvigsen Library to write and illustrate books on the great racing drivers. His first title in this series was Stirling Moss ‘ Racing with the Maestro. He followed this with Jackie Stewart ‘ Triple-Crowned King of Speed and Juan Manuel Fangio ‘ Motor Racing’s Grand Master. Fourth in this series for Haynes Publishing was Dan Gurney ‘ The Ultimate Racer and fifth was Alberto Ascari ‘ Ferrari’s First Double Champion. Next came Bruce McLaren ‘ Life and Legend of Excellence and Emerson Fittipaldi ‘ Heart of a Racer.
Also in the field of motor sports Karl Ludvigsen has written about road racing in America, the cars of the Can-Am series, the AAR Eagle racing cars, the GT40 Fords and Prime Movers, the story of Britain’s Ilmor Engineering. His introduction to At Speed, a book of Jesse Alexander’s racing photography, won the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism. Other motors-sports titles include Classic Grand Prix Cars, a history of the front-engined G.P. racer, and Classic Racing Engines, Karl’s personal selection of 50 notable power units.
Four of Karl Ludvigsen’s books concern the Chevrolet Corvette, one of them an industry best-seller. He has written three times about Mercedes-Benz, twice about its racing cars. His books on the latter subject have won the Montagu Trophy (once) and the Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award (twice), both recognising outstanding automotive historical writing. In 2001 he again received the Cugnot award from the Society of Automotive Historians for his book about the early years of the Volkswagen, Battle for the Beetle, a Robert Bentley publication.
Karl Ludvigsen’s Porsche history, Excellence was Expected, is considered by many to be a model of the researching and writing of the history of an auto company. He has updated it twice in a three-volume format for Bentley Publishers for the new Millennium. He is the author of a series of monographs on great Maserati cars. His book BRM V16 for Veloce Publishing tells the story of one of the most controversial racing cars of all time. In The V12 Engine for Haynes he describes the creation and consequences of all the cars ever powered by the iconic vee-twelves.
In 1997 Ludvigsen researched and wrote the catalogue for a special exhibition of Ferrari technological innovations on the occasion of the company’s 50th anniversary and contributed a major section to the company’s official 50-year history. He has updated this for the company’s 60th anniversary. Karl’s understanding of the Ferrari world combined with his Library’s holding of the Rodolfo Mailander photo archive to produce Ferrari by Mailander in 2005, a Dalton Watson publication. In 2006 with Dalton Watson Karl has published The Incredible Blitzen Benz, the story of six great record-breaking cars.
In co-operation with publisher Iconografix, Ludvigsen has established the Ludvigsen Library Series of 128-page books drawing on the holdings of the Ludvigsen Library. The series now numbers 19 titles, including books on Indy racing cars of 1911 to 1939, the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the Indy Novis, Chevrolet’s Corvair and Corvette, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL of 1952 and 1954-1964, the 300SLR of 1955, Porsche Spyders, Porsche 917, Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150, Land Rover Defender the Ferrari factory and American sports-racers: the Cunninghams, Chaparrals and Can-Am racing cars. More titles are in preparation.
Finally Shark Werks has t-shirts available!
Shark Werks 4.1L t-shirts
Pick your size and at the moment these are only available in North America
Front features the Shark Werks logo and front illustration of our 4.1L project car.
Rear features the rear of the car and 4.1L badge.
American Apparel brand. 100% Cotton, made and screen pressed in the USA.
Grey shirt with orange and black graphics.
Please specify size when ordering. Some sizes may be out of stock or limited supply.
Shirt may shrink slightly after washing.
Domestic USA and Canada shipping is flat rate via USPS ($3).
Sorry, at this time we cannot ship this item outside
the USA and Canada unless it is part of another order. :(
Enjoy the video @Jay Leno’s Garage, a real treat! SharkWerks 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS. This SharkWerks 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS proves how these Bay Area garagistas push their Porsches to the next level. Could it be the most outrageous GT3 in the States?
Alex “Sharky” Ross
Porsche Performance Center for TechArt, Brembo, HRE, Champion, RSS, Tubi
SharkWerks, located in Northern California’s Bay Area, is owned by long-time Porsche enthusiasts James Hendry & Alex Ross (Sharky) and successful entrepreneurs Joan Wood & Daniel Kennedy. We live, breathe, own and drive Porsches. Out of the box Porsche has always delivered what we believe to be the world’s greatest daily driven sports car but for some people that just isn’t enough. We want more. We crave insane levels of horsepower, tightly tuned handling and breathtaking braking. We also like to look good doing it, which is why we offer performance, asthetic packages and lightweight products from EVOMSit, TechArt, Werks1, Tubi, RSS, Cargraphic, Brembo, Bilstein as well as wheels from Forgeline, HRE & Champion Motorsport. These are just some of our own personal favorite products but we also sell many other parts from different vendors and with our expert techs can install them on site.
Because we love Porsche’s so much, we treat each and every one that comes through our doors as one of our own. We only offer and install components that have been tested on our own vehicles, including Shark Werks’ line of in-house developed products. That is our motto and we stand by it. It’s that simple. That is why we are thrilled to be Evolution Motorsports’ official reseller and installer in Northern California. Our performance kits offer gobs of power and fun for every level of enthusiast and have been tried and tested to guarantee perfection and satisfaction. Whether you want to be a race track rocketship or a street demon we can cater to your personal needs. Shark Werks Inc, is also one of very few places in the US that can open, rebuild and strengthen the 996TT, 997TT & GT3 engine with factory tooling and our own custom parts.
Having downright naughty power, extremely tight handling and awesome stopping power isn’t something to take lightly. Let our panel of “been there and done it” friendly staff help you get where you want. Whether you’re looking for a mild tune up, a custom high horsepower modification package or a bit of service and TLC for your Porsche 996/997 feel free to contact us on (510) 651-0300, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the shop where you’ll usually find an enthusiastic customer/owner on site to talk things through with.
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“50 YEARS OF 911″
…What YOU have been waiting for, Holiday Gift Idea!
Is a new poster from Steve Anderson Illustrations / print release for the 2014 holiday season.
The print measures a generous w24″ x h36″ and features 50 original illustrations depicting the 911, from the original 901 Coupe to the recently introduced 991 Series “50th Anniversary 911″ and everything in between.
Readers of Excellence Magazine will be familiar with the work of Staff Illustrator, Steve Anderson, this series of original artwork has been painstakingly crafted and edited for this very special commemorative print. The print features 50 original illustrations, one for each year of 911 production.
The images have been intricately crafted to show all of the period-correct body styles, colors, options and changes which have made the 911 the icon it is today.
A short description and interesting factoids provide insight on the 911’s year-by-year development.
The finished product is available in two finishes, a heavy weight poster and a Limited Edition fine art print a total of 911 artist-signed and numbered prints will be made available.
TO ORDER GO HERE>> http://www.saillustrations.com/porscheprints.html
Contact information is as follows:
Steve Anderson Illustrations
P.O. Box 156
Ojai, Ca 93024
Porsche Calendar 2015 available now
“Monochrome Purity” – a passion for Porsche all year round
Stuttgart. Porsche has been synonymous with legendary sports cars for over 60 years. The Porsche Calendar has been a faithful companion to the brand and a coveted collector’s item since 1954. The first calendar published was a “Christophorus” edition in honour of the Porsche magazine.
The new Porsche Calendar 2015 measures 59 cm by 55.5 cm and promises exceptional Porsche moments all year round. The calendar embodies passion for the sports cars from Zuffenhausen with this year’s theme, “Monochrome Purity”.
Each image depicts a new world – inspired by the unique design of Porsche sports cars. The minimalist background ensures that the vehicles take centre stage. Each shot features a landscape that mirrors the vehicle’s paint finish to give a harmonious overall composition.
The official Porsche Calendar is traditionally supplied with an exclusive 40-mm collector’s medal. This year’s medal is embossed on the front with the calendar title “Monochrome Purity” and the year, and the Porsche 919 Hybrid is on the reverse. The Porsche Calendar, complete with medal, costs EUR 39 and is available now in Porsche Centres worldwide or online atwww.porsche.com/shop.
Porsche Design Group
Awesome #Porsche 918 Spyder Test Drive !
Our friend, editor in chief Jakub Rejlek @Faster magazine pushed the Porsche 918 Spyder hard on some backroads near Stuttgart. CHECK it out!
Love the DRIFTING at 1:30 – and be sure to TURN YOUR VOLUME UP and experience what it’s like behind the wheel.
Enjoy! And thank you Jakub Rejlek!
Stuttgart/New York. With the theme “The Sound of Porsche: Stories of the Brand” Porsche has created a completely new, interactive brand experience with its first stop in New York City for three weeks. The sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart has opened an exclusive pop-up store in the style of a modern music store in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District and invites visitors to discover Porsche and its fascinating sports cars in various ways. The store opening was celebrated on 15 September 2014 – moderated by fashion icon Angela Simmons and with guests including Porsche works drivers Brendon Hartley and Patrick Long, as well as actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey, who has been a firm part of the Porsche motorsport family since 2013 with his team Dempsey Racing.
“The new marketing format enables us to connect with young and young-at-heart visitors in an appealing way. We are helping these people to better understand the brand through unusual stories”, says Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, explaining the idea behind this temporary happening.
This interactive brand experience enables visitors to explore the technical top performance and stylish design of Porsche in depth. Bernhard Maier: “It is an innovative way of telling and experiencing the story of our
Stories of the Brand: Downtown Manhattan visitors of the music store can discover the story of the Porsche brand and its fascinating sports cars in various ways.
Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche North America, is also convinced by the unusual way of presenting the brand: “The pop-up store supplements existing marketing activities in a new way. It will further increase awareness for our brand in close cooperation with the local Porsche centres.”
The event space is divided into three areas and comprises a Sound Lab, Media Stations and a Design Corner. The Sound Lab is all about the cult car Porsche 911*. The 911 is a prime example of design, innovation, quality and perfection, and the film “From Draft to Drift – The Porsche 911″ conveys this particularly clearly to visitors.
In addition, visitors can take a virtual ride and become acquainted with the 911 through sound and visualisation. They can choose between the sound backdrop of a city, a rural setting in a drive through the mountains or a race on the Nürburgring racetrack.
The Media Stations allow visitors to experience 16 specially produced stories all about the brand. The visual highlights include the contributions “Electrifying Performance” and “One of Us” with Porsche racing drivers Mark Webber and Patrick Dempsey.
Further contributions of interest to Porsche enthusiasts include “Porsche Exclusive – The Most Personal Car” and “A Porsche goes to Hollywood” with cartoon film star Sally Carrera.
Last but not least the Design Corner features a communications space where visitors can sketch what they associate with the Sound of Porsche. The works of art can be uploaded to social networks via #soundofporsche. The
visitor with the best design will win a trip to Stuttgart.
Porsche is cooperating with two partners for the Sound of Porsche. The Sound Lab is equipped by Bose and the entire furnishings are supplied by Walter Knoll.
The Sound of Porsche (446 West 14th Street) is open to the general public every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time from 16 September to 5 October. New York is the first stop for The Sound of Porsche. The brand presentation will later also be shown in London and Shanghai.
* Porsche model range 911: combined fuel consumption 12.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 289 – 194 g/km; efficiency class: G, F