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Le Mans 24 Hours / World Endurance Championship – Confirmed Porsche entry for Le Mans

24h Le Mans

24h Le Mans

Organizer confirms Porsche entry for Le Mans

Stuttgart. Porsche AG fields two new 911 RSR based on the 991 model generation at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and in the World Endurance Championship.

Entry for the newly developed vehicles sporting the starting numbers 91 and 92 was confirmed for the GTE class by the organisers ACO and FIA today in Paris.

The factory squad “Porsche AG Team Manthey” will run both 911 RSR race cars.

Contesting the event in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

Marc Lieb

Marc Lieb

Richard Lietz

Richard Lietz

The pair has already shared a cockpit in last year’s WEC. At the first two rounds of the season in Silverstone (14 April) and Spa (4 May) as well as at the Le Mans 24 hour race (22 June) they will receive reinforcement from their works driver colleague Romain Dumas (France).

Works drivers also pilot the number 91 sister car: Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) teams up with Patrick Pilet (France). In Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans the duo are joined by Timo Bernhard (Germany).

Jörg Bergmeister

Jörg Bergmeister

Patrick Pilet

Patrick Pilet

Timo Bernhard

Timo Bernhard

Additionally, the customer teams IMSA Performance Matmut and Felbermayr Proton have received a starting place in the WEC and at Le Mans, fielding the predecessor model Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE-Am category.

At the wheel of the IMSA Matmut 911, Raymond Narac (France) shares driving duties with Jean-Karl Vernay (France) who contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with backing from Porsche AG this year. Vernay is the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France.

Jean-Karl Vernay

Jean-Karl Vernay

The customer team Dempsey Racing-Proton is also delighted with its acceptance to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who is known especially for his role as “McDreamy” in the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, already contested the Le Mans race in 2009 and now climbs back into the cockpit.

Patrick DempseyALMS LAGUNA SECA 2012.USAGE:  Dempsey Racing web site and press material only..Photo:  ©2012 Rick Dole.904.806.0362.radole@earthlink.net

Patrick Dempsey
ALMS LAGUNA SECA 2012.USAGE: Dempsey Racing web site and press material only..Photo: ©2012 Rick Dole.904.806.0362.radole@earthlink.net

“We are very much looking forward to returning to Le Mans with a works team from Porsche for the first time since 1998,” says Porsche Head of Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen.

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport

“The new 911 RSR performed well in earlier tests and is already proving extremely reliable on the track. Between them, our six pilots have scored eight class wins in Le Mans and have a great deal of experience with different 911 race cars.

And our customer teams in the GTE-Am class are also well prepared for the 2013 season.”

SOURCE:  Porsche Motorsport  - Porsche AG Media Press Database

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press

 

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Video: Best Porsche finishes fifth in the fuel gamble at Daytona 24 hour

 

 

Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona 24 Hours

Stuttgart. The sprint to the finish of the Daytona 24 hour race turned into a gripping game of fuel poker in the fiercely contested GT class.

(l.-r.): Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Romain Dumas, Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen, Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Marc Lieb

(l.-r.): Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Romain Dumas, Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen, Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Marc Lieb

In the last laps, the teams put all their eggs in one basket with their strategies, waived an additional time-consuming fuel stop so that they had a winning chance at the prestigious sports car classic in Florida.

Richard Lietz

Richard Lietz

For Porsche works driver Richard Lietz this did not work out: Last year’s winner from Austria, who had held the lead position over long stretches in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and was on course for a podium result in the final laps, had to save fuel and was hence unable to utilize the full potential of the car.

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

With his Magnus Racing teammates Nicolas Armindo (France), Andy Lally (USA) and John Potter (USA) he finally finished in fifth – ahead of his works driver colleague Marco Holzer (Germany) who shared driving duties in the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Damien Faulkner (Ireland) and Cooper MacNeil (USA).

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Magnus Racing: Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Magnus Racing: Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

The six best placed of the 34 GT vehicles crossed the finish line inside one lap.

“As title defender we had anticipated a better result than fifth of course, still we can be satisfied with our performance,” said Richard Lietz. “Right up until fifteen minutes before the flag everything was running to plan, unfortunately our strategy didn’t quite work. But we didn’t have a choice.

We did everything we could but it wasn’t quite enough.” He led the field with his number 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup over a total of 43 laps – far more than any of his opponents. Marco Holzer said: “It was a tough race for us.

We managed the distance well despite some problems but had to ease off the throttle in the last laps to save fuel. We took the gamble and didn’t want to refuel at the end. Sadly this plan didn’t quite succeed.”

 

Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona 24 Hours

“That was certainly one of the most exciting 24 hour races,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport.

“Our customer teams were right up there in the fight for victory. Last year we came home with a triple victory, this time others climbed the podium.”

 

The first leader on the Daytona International Speedway was Nick Tandy.

Nick Tandy

Nick Tandy

At his debut race as a Porsche works driver, the Briton from Konrad Motorsport/Orbit snatched the lead from pole position. His perfect start, however, was not a good omen: After about eight laps and many incidents, he had to park his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup trackside with suspension damage.

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

This also proved to be a bitter experience for his teammate Michael Christensen, the Porsche junior from Denmark who contested his first ever 24 hour race.

Klaus Bachler

Klaus Bachler

For the second Porsche junior, however, Daytona yielded success: Austria’s Klaus Bachler, who contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this year with Michael Christensen, finished eleventh in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports after putting in a commendable performance.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports: Madison Snow, Melanie Snow, Sascha Maassen Marco Seefried, Klaus Bachler

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports: Madison Snow, Melanie Snow, Sascha Maassen Marco Seefried, Klaus Bachler

“We had a few problems during the night but all in all everything went well,” he commented. “That was my first 24 hour race and I learned a great deal.”

At the wheel of his Porsche Cayman, the 2009 overall winner from America David Donohue won the GX class with his compatriots Nelson Canache, Shane Lewis and Jim Norman.

With this, he earned Porsche, the most successful manufacturer in the history of the race, the 75th class victory in Daytona.

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen, Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Jörg Bergmeister

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen, Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Jörg Bergmeister

 

Race result
GT class

1. Albuquerque/Jarvis/Mortara/von Moltke (MEX/GB/MEX/USA), Audi R8, 678 laps
2. Bass/Basseng/Rast/Stippler (USA/D/D/D), Audi R8, 678
3. Wilkens/Assentato/Cosmo/Lazzaro (USA/USA/USA/USA), Ferrari 458, 678
4. Balzan/Frezza/Pier Guidi (I/I/I/), Ferrari 458, 678
5. Lietz/Lally/Armindo/Potter (A/USA/F/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 678
6. Holzer/Bleekemolen/Faulkner/MacNeil (D/NL/IRL/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 678
10. Farnbacher/Baldwin/Burtin/Ragginger/Renauer (D/USA/USA/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 671
11. Bachler/Maassen/Seefried/Snow/Snow (A/D/D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 668
13. Lieb/Sellers/Davis/Keen (D/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 663

GX class
1. Donohue/Canache/Lewis/Norman (USA/USA/USA/USA), Porsche Cayman, 635 laps

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SOURCE:  24 Hours at Daytona Porsche AG Media Database   Communication Porsche AG Motorsport Press

 

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#PORSCHE LAUNCHES “DAYTONA LIVE”, FOLLOW #ROLEX24 UPDATES THIS WEEKEND

During this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona Porsche will launch Daytona Live, an exciting online destination for following race updates.

Porsche at 24 Hours of Daytona

Porsche at 24 Hours of Daytona

Daytona Live will capture behind-the-scenes stories from drivers and race teams as well as the conversations from fans at home and at the track as well.

For a chance to have your posts displayed on Daytona Live, include hashtags #Rolex24, #Porsche, or @Porsche when posting to Twitter or Instagram.

The best Tweets, pictures and videos from drivers, fans and the Porsche Motorsport teams will be compiled into one stream at www.porsche.com/daytona so that fans can easily view race updates from any web-enabled device.

  • RACE DATE/TIME:Saturday, January 26, 2013 3:30 PM

  • DURATION:24 Hours 0 Minutes

  • BROADCAST INFO:

        January 26, 3:00PM ET,

    SPEED

    •  January 27, 9:00AM ET, SPEED
  • ENTRIES BY CLASS:

    Daytona Prototype

  • ENTRY LIST >>> here

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Video

Follow Porsche at 24 Hour Daytona 2013 – Why Everyone Wants to Win

“Why Everyone Wants to Race 24 Hour Daytona”

Porsche scored the first 4 positions on the GT grid for the 2013 edition of the 24 Hour race at Daytona. The perfect start to a thrilling race – and a race, everyone wants to win.

First Porsche Video of the Racing Season – to be continued
Event: Grand-Am Series – 24h Daytona – Season 2013

Follow Daytona live on http://www.porsche.com/daytona

 
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Video: Four Porsches on the first four grid spots – Daytona 24 Hours 2013

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Konrad Motorsport/Orbit: Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen, Christian Engelhardt, Lance Willsey


Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Konrad Motorsport/Orbit: Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen, Christian Engelhardt, Lance Willsey

Daytona 24 Hours – Press Release – 24/01/2013
Four Porsche on the first four grid spots

Stuttgart. Good starting position for Porsche at the Daytona 24 hour race: In qualifying for the sports car classic in Florida, Porsche pilots locked out the first four grid spots in a field of 36 vehicles entered in the GT class.

Nick Tandy

Nick Tandy

Pole position went to Nick Tandy in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Konrad Motorsport/Orbit. Daytona marks the first race for the Briton as a Porsche works driver.

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

One of his teammates is Porsche Junior Michael Christensen (Denmark), who contests his first 24 hour race on Saturday.


“Pole position in Daytona shouldn’t be underestimated, even if the race runs over 24 hours,” said Nick Tandy.

“Starting from the front allows you to avoid getting caught up in any skirmishes and that’s certainly an advantage. Our car ran perfectly and that gives us a good feeling for the race.”


In last year’s winning car with the starting number 44, Andy Lally (USA) set the second quickest qualifying time.

Sharing the cockpit of the Magnus Racing 911 GT3 Cup is Porsche works driver Richard Lietz from Austria.

Richard Lietz

Richard Lietz

Third in qualifying in the fiercely competitive qualifying session on the Daytona International Speedway, in which the eleven top placed cars are all within just one second, went to Sean Edwards (MOMO/NGT) from Great Britain ahead Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long (USA) competing for the Park Place Motorsports squad. 


“We won the race last year. Second on the grid is an excellent starting position to repeat this success,” said Richard Lietz.

Patrick Pilet

Patrick Pilet

Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet (France), one of Sean Edwards’ teammates, was also feeling optimistic.

“Sean did an excellent job. After this great qualifying result we are all looking forward to the race. Our goal is to finish on the podium.”

The Daytona 24 Hours starts on Saturday at 15.30 hrs local time (21.30 hrs CET).

Result GT qualifying

1. Nick Tandy (GB), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:47.631 minutes
2. Andy Lally (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.197 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.376
4. Patrick Long (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.506
5. Alessandro Balzan (I), Ferrari 458, + 0.629
6. Felipe Albuquerque (MEX), Audi R8, + 0.651
7. Marco Seefried (D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.688
8. Robin Liddell (GB), Camaro GT.R, + 0.699

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SOURCE: Daytona 24 Hours – Porsche Media Press Database
Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press

 — at Daytona International Speedway.

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In North America, the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race sets the standard for sports car performance and longevity. Traditionally, the 24 hour race on the Daytona International Speedway is the first highlight of the motorsport season and year after year attracts the best pilots from all kinds of race series worldwide to the ‘Sunshine State’ of the USA.

Porsche has collected 72 class and 22 overall wins in the race’s 49-year history, making Porsche the most successful manufacturer in the history of the race. In recent years, Porsche cars have made up almost one-half of the overall entry list at Daytona.

The race
The endurance classic, which kicks off the Grand-Am Series season, started out in 1962 as a three-hour race. At 1,250 miles in 1964, the race grew to double the distance of the classic 1,000 kilometer races of Spa, Monza and the Nürburgring. The maiden 24-hour event in Daytona took place in 1966. Taking their places on the winner’s list are Formula 1 champions like Phil Hill and Mario Andretti as well as legendary Porsche pilots like Hans Herrmann, Rolf Stommelen, Hurley Haywood and Bob Wollek.

The circuit
The Daytona International Speedway is one of the world’s most famous racetracks. The 24-hour race is contested on the 3.56-mile track combination of oval with banked corner and the infield. The circuit is also the venue for the famed NASCAR Daytona 500 race with more than 250,000 spectators annually.

 

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PORSCHE: First Mother-Son Duo Enter Rolex 24 – Wright Motorsports and Snow Racing Combine Forces for Strong Entry at Daytona

First Mother-Son Duo Enter Rolex 24

;Grand-Am Rolex Series photos by Brian Cleary

Driver Line-up Includes Race’s First Mother-Son Duo

BATAVIA, Ohio, Jan. 12 — Wright Motorsports of Batavia, Ohio and Snow Racing of Pleasant Grove, Utah, have combined forces for a history-making entry in the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan. 24-27.

The entry marks the first time a mother and son will compete in this storied race, as Melanie Snow and her 17-year-old son Madison are two of five drivers of the Wright Motorsports/Snow Racing Porsche GT3 Cup No. 62 sponsored by Universal Industrial Sales (UIS) and Bilstein Shocks. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, UIS is among the largest suppliers of overhead sign structures and fabricated highway products in the country.

 

Melanie Snow

The other three drivers in the very strong line-up are Porsche veteran Sascha Maassen, 43, of Lontzen, Belgium; Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler, 21, of Unzmarkt, Austria, who has been competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup; and top Porsche driver and instructor Marco Seefried of Wemding, Germany, 36. He’ll compete in two 24-hour races this month, as he is driving a Porsche 911 in the 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome at press time.

Grand-Am Rolex Series photos by Brian Cleary

Wright Motorsports/Snow Racing’s white, red and black Porsche is currently one of 36 entries in the Grand Touring (GT) class for the Rolex 24.

Both Melanie and Madison Snow are making their first Rolex 24 starts, although they have extensive experience in other series. Along with her husband, Martin Snow, and another driver, Patrick Huisman, Melanie Snow was part of the winning GTS entry at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in 1999 in a Porsche 911 Turbo.

Madison and Melanie Snow Professional racing drivers  Photo source: autoblog.com

Madison and Melanie Snow Professional racing drivers
Photo source: autoblog.com

Madison Snow, of Lehi, Utah, started racing at the age of 4 in karts.

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He finished second overall last year in the top class of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama with three victories in a car prepped by Wright Motorsports. When he clinched that series’ Gold Cup championship in 2011 when he was 15 he became the youngest Porsche one-make Cup champion in history.

Although he won’t be the youngest driver ever to compete in the Rolex 24, at press time he’s the youngest driver entered in this year’s race, according to Grand-Am officials.

Maassen has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice and both the Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans four times. He was the ALMS GT champion twice and he has also won the ALMS LMP2 championship and the FIA GT championship. He is also an instructor for Porsche, and one of his students is Bachler.

All five drivers participated in the official test for the event Jan. 4-6 at Daytona, where they logged 279 laps around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course that also incorporates most of the oval. They were in the top five in half of the eight test sessions, they were only out of the top 10 once, and they topped the charts in Practice 3.

“There were 12 hours of testing available, and we put 11 hours on the car,” said Wright Motorsports owner John Wright, who is participating in this race for the 19th time. He has been on the podium at this event many times in various roles, most recently in 2009 when he was the team owner/manager of the car that finished third in the GT division. Maassen was one of the drivers in that effort.

“The car was strong; we were fast at the test,” Wright said. “All the drivers showed good pace; there isn’t a weak link in our driver line-up, and the team is gelling nicely.

“In addition to UIS and Bilstein, we’d like to thank Porsche Motorsports North America for all their help, especially the guys who work in the engine and parts departments, and the phenomenal track support that they supply,” Wright added. “Running a 24-hour race is a big undertaking, but they make it a lot easier.”

Wright also stressed that it’s a pleasure to work with Martin Snow. “He brings so much experience to the program,” Wright said. “I don’t have to explain how endurance racing works to him. We get right down to business. I hope together we can make this Rolex 24 a winning performance.”

Wright Motorsports is coming off a sensational season in which its drivers finished first, second and third in the driver point standings and it won the team championship and Rookie of the Year award in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. The team won 11 of the 15 races and had 27 podium finishes and 12 poles in that series last year with a driver line-up that included both rookies and veterans, just like it will have at the Rolex 24.

“We enjoy combining veterans with rookies,” Wright noted. “We pride ourselves on our driver development program. It fits our business model well, and it’s a way for us to help mold the sport’s future.”

The No. 62 will be on the track for the first practice session of the event at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Another practice session at 1:15 that day precedes qualifying at 4:10 p.m. and a night practice session at 6 p.m. There is a final practice session at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 before the 24-hour enduro begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

SPEED will provide live coverage of the Rolex 24 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, Jan. 26 and continuing at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Live timing and scoring will be offered on the series’ website at grand-am.com. Additional information on Wright Motorsports can be found on the team’s website at wrightmotorsports.com, its Facebook page and through Twitter. Snow Racing’s website is at snow-ahead.com.

 

Driver pre-race quotes, in alphabetical order, follow:

Klaus Bachler:

“I am really looking forward to the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. It is my first 24-hour race and my first race in the United States. Last week we had three good test days, and I think we will have a good car for the race. I feel good about the team and my teammates. Wright Motorsports is really professional. I can’t wait for the race!”

Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler, 21, of Unzmarkt, Austria

Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler, 21, of Unzmarkt, Austria

Sascha Maassen:

“I am looking forward to the start of the 2013 racing season. John Wright and I have already had some success at the Rolex 24, finishing on the podium. And I’m also looking forward to working with the Snow family. I raced with Martin a few years ago at Daytona and I coached Melanie and Madison in 2011 at some IMSA Cup events. Another thing I’m looking forward to is racing with Klaus Bachler, the Porsche junior driver, whom I am normally coaching in Europe. Together with Marco Seefried, we have a very strong line-up.”

Porsche veteran Sascha Maassen, 43, of Lontzen, Belgium

Porsche veteran Sascha Maassen, 43, of Lontzen, Belgium

Marco Seefried:

(Quote translated from his website, as he was racing in Dubai at press time): “The 24 Hours of Daytona is one of the world’s most important endurance races. The first time I drove at Daytona was during the test. We reeled off a comprehensive program with our Porsche 911 GT3 at the test. Our driver line-up is very balanced, which in a long-distance race is a great advantage. During the night practice I was able to set the third-fastest lap in the GT class. It was a great result against very strong competition. I’m happy to be racing after the long winter break, and I’m looking forward to competing at Daytona very much.”

 

Top Porsche driver and instructor Marco Seefried of Wemding, Germany, 36

Top Porsche driver and instructor Marco Seefried of Wemding, Germany, 36

Madison Snow:

“The test went much better than I expected. I had assumed we would have a few fast people, but I didn’t think that everyone on our team would be this fast.

“The thing that surprises me is how well we all get along together. After the sessions when we went over the car and how it felt, I was surprised that we all felt the same thing. I’ve heard stories of teams when drivers all have different styles and so it is hard to set up the car for everyone, but we all get along and drive so similarly that it makes it much easier.

“I can’t wait for the race because I know we have such a good driver line-up and that we can win the race. I feel like we are the best team there because we get along so well with each other — drivers and crew. That is the difference from us to everyone else out there. This race will be really good for all of us. It’s the first 24-hour race for my mom and me so I really hope we are able to come out on top together.”

Melanie Snow:

“Wow, what a fun test at Daytona! I am really excited to be racing there. This will be my first 24 Hours of Daytona race. Having been there many times before, supporting Martin, I know the feeling of excitement that is spread throughout the track. I was never able to race at Daytona before, as when I had other opportunities I was pregnant or had a baby with me.

Finally, I get to race it, and what makes it so special is that I get to race it with Madison. My first time at Daytona with Martin, Madison was with me and he was just 6 weeks old. Now he is racing it with me; how time flies!

“Sascha, Marco and Klaus are such a great asset to our team. We have a wonderful dynamic and work so well together. Wright Motorsports has prepared our UIS Porsche and they have done an amazing job. The car was flawless at the test and we had some really good times. Between our drivers and our hard-working crew we have the best team! I can’t wait to get back to the track and get the race started!”

About Wright Motorsports:

Wright Motorsports is the premier Porsche tuning facility in Ohio and a multi-series, international racing team known for superb car preparation, expert race strategy and driver development. Located in Batavia, near Cincinnati, it is owned and directed by John Wright, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician. As a crew chief Wright has played a key role in winning seven driver and six team championships in World Challenge, IMSA (ALMS) and the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

John Wright, owner & director of Wright Motorsports, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician

John Wright, owner & director of Wright Motorsports, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician

In 2013 Wright Motorsports will defend its 2012 driver and team championship and field multiple entries in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge; service its customers who compete in other series and club-racing events, and provide race car-quality preparation for its customers’ high-performance street cars. For more information see WrightMotorsports.com on the Internet and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Restart Communications, Linda Mansfield and  Wright Motorsports

 

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UPDATE: Ultra-Rare Porsche 959 Prototype “SOLD” AT Barrett-Jackson Auction

1986 Porsche 959 Prototype at Barrett-Jackson sees gavel fall at $440,000  When the gavel finally fell, bidding had reached $400,000, plus a 10-percent buyer’s fee.

VIDEO HERE>> http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/19/1986-porsche-959-prototype-at-barrett-jackson-sees-gavel-fall-at/

One of the original factory cars used by engineers to develop the groundbreaking 1980s supercar will be crossing the block in Scottsdale.

Only two examples of Porsche 959 factory prototypes are in running condition. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Only two examples of Porsche 959 factory prototypes are in running condition. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The 42nd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction takes place Jan 13-20 at WestWorld, with 39 hours of live coverage on SPEED. For more information about the January event, see Barrett-Jackson.com.

SPEED Live Stream Hours

Fri. Jan. 18, 12-10pm
Sat. Jan. 19, 12-10pm
Sun. Jan. 20, 12-4pm

All times Mountain

LIVE Streaming: http://www.barrett-jackson.com/livestream/

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

 One of two running prototypes and one of only four survivors. The Porsche 959 is one of the greatest sports cars ever to be assembled and touch the black asphalt which covers the roads on which the 959 is an undisputed champion.

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The 959 is one of if not the greatest Porsche ever assembled and is just as rare as its title as a world class sports car.

In October of 1983, Porsche A.G. announced they will produce 200 Street Version 959s and will sell them to the lucky 200 new owners who are on the Porsche’s VIP list. For three years Porsche engineers studied and worked on the 959s prototypes and designs.

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The street version of the 959 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show as a 1986 model, these were pre-production model carrying the Porsche 930 Turbo chassis numbers.

In 1985, Helmut Bott, head of the 959 development, had taken 29 of 1986 model 930 Turbo chassis from the Porsche factory to turn them into the 959 pre-production prototypes and these were called Code F, N and V. These 29 prototypes were the latest prototypes and they were used for various final tests, media coverage, crush tests and road tests.

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This car is one of the 7 V-series prototypes and it was used as the chassis, ABS development car which was seen at the famous high speed testing facilities like Nardo, Italy and Minerva, France.

Sadly most of the 29 prototype 959s were destroyed and scrapped by the Porsche factory after the 959 project had ended, this particular prototype became one of only four surviving and also one of only two running prototypes in existence still wearing its original pre-production Dunlops with its original prototype light weight wheels.

All production 959s were delivered with Bridgestone RE71s with production type wheels. With Porsche factory no-longer releasing any prototype automobiles to the public, this is a very rare chance in owning a prototype Porsche. Not only is it a prototype Porsche, it doesn’t get any better than owning the 959 prototype.

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Barrett-Jackson.com

**BUYER EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THIS VEHICLE IS A PROTOTYPE AND IS NOT CERTIFIED TO COMPLY WITH ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAWS, RULES OR REGULATIONS OR FOR REGISTRATION FOR DRIVING ON PUBLIC ROADS.**

1986 PORSCHE 959 PROTOTYPE

Detailed Information
Lot Number: 5011
Auction: SCOTTSDALE 2013
Status: AVAILABLE
Sale Type: RESERVE
Price: 
Year: 1986
Make: PORSCHE
Model: 959
Style: PROTOTYPE
VIN: WPOZZZ93ZFS010067

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Porsche

 

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Porsche Leipzig: on the limit as a co-pilot

Drama? Action? Thriller….on the limit as a co-pilotPorsche

 

Have you ever wanted to experience the limits of a Porsche with a professional driving instructor on the track? Then Porsche Leipzig might have the right offers for you. Follow the link to find more information on the Co-Pilot offers:http://www.porsche-leipzig.com/en/leipzigangebote/leipzigcopilot/default.aspx

 

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VIDEO: Porsche Painting by Nicolas Hunziker Happy New Year! All the best in 2013!

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Nicolas Hunziker Automotive Fine Art

Directed by Heather Norwood

Music by POND5.com / Magnetic

Nicolas is a well known Porsche artist licensed by Porsche, you can also visit his website too @http://nicolashunziker.com/ for more automotive goodness, CHECK it out! I have a COOL Gulf jacket from him.

Happy Shopping! Good way to start out the New Year!

Either click on the link above or the picture below to take you to Nicolas Hunziker’s website.

Very cool new t-shirt designed by Nicolas Hunziker, featuring 1971 Monza... - NHAFA-1G

 

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Dedeporsches.com Blog 2012 in Review Presented By WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys

prepared a 2012 annual report for Dedeporsches.com Blog.

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Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 [actually the stats say 401,295] times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Dedeporsches blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Your 2012 year in blogging.png2The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 3,490 views.The most popular post that day was: Porsche Project: Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for porschejanis joplin porsche,angelique kerbermatthew drendel, and sabine lisicki.

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com

  2. geenstijl.nl

  3. darkroastedblend.com

  4. reddit.com

  5. twitter.com

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That’s 191 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Germany & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

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Attractions in 2012

These are just a few of the posts that got the most views in 2012.

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Thanks for flying with Dedeporsches Blog.com in 2012. I look forward to blogging for you again in 2013! Happy New Year!

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PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE COMES TO THE BENELUX 2013

All recent 911 GT3 Cup cars in one championship, six events in 2013

The 2013 racing season will bring the

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to the Benelux

An initiative of Prospeed Competition and GT3.nl, with the support of national importers.

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GRÂCE-HOLLOGNE –The 2013 racing season will bring the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to the Benelux. This Challenge is an officially supported Porsche racing platform for drivers, teams and fans in the Benelux market.

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is created in a joint effort with D’Ieteren Porsche Import (Belgium), Pon Porsche Import (The Netherlands) and the Luxembourg Porsche importer Autosdistribution Losch.

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will be the twentieth member of a family that encompasses the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and various Porsche Carrera Cups and GT3 Cup Challenges representing the Porsche racing DNA throughout the world…

 

Leading the way will be the second generation of the 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car. This 450bhp race car, based on the road going 911 GT3 RS, will instantly make the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux the fastest one-make Cup in the Benelux.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will also welcome the first generation of the 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car and optionally the 996-based 911 GT3 Cup car, bringing together all recent generations of modern Porsche Cup racing in one championship.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is will run several classes. The Pro-Class will see two people take the wheel of a car in the proven Pro-Am structure, joining gentleman drivers with (semi-) professional drivers, creating synergies for both.

In the Am- and Club-Class, running the first generation 997 Cup and the 996 Cup respectively, cars will be shared by two drivers as well, but only gentleman drivers are allowed.The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is planning six events for its inaugural season and will race on all major circuits in Holland and Belgium.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is created by ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl, who have a longstanding relationship in racing and both have a background in Porsche dealership organisations. ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl are partners of Porsche Motorsport.

The new Challenge is an excellent opportunity for commercial partners to support participating teams, connecting their brand to the strong values of Porsche and motorsport.

The Challenge will also become an inspiring and useful relationship-marketing platform, bringing the brand closer to prospects and customers through test drives and events around the Challenge.

Jean Heinen, Director D’Ieteren Porsche Import: -

“The return of Porsche to the top category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 reaffirms the importance of motorsport for Porsche. At the same time 2013 will mark 50 years of the 911. It will be a good moment to celebrate the anniversary of this legendary car. As from next year the drivers of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will help us to communicate it even more thoroughly.”

Ray Uiterwaal, Managing DirectorPon Porsche Import: -

“Motorsport and Porsche have been inseparable since the very first car that was built, and today the racing heritage is still an essential part of the company and her cars.

With the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux we now have our own official platform to bring the Porsche values to our customers and fans, showcasing the level of performance and engineering in our cars, both on and off the racetrack.”


Michael Dreiser, Manager international One-Make Series, Dr.Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG
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“The worldwide Porsche one-make series provide a stable platform for all involved parties: drivers, teams, sponsors and partners. We at Porsche Motorsport are delighted that this new GT3 Cup Challenge will take off in 2013 in the Benelux countries and would like to thank the ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl for their commitment as well as D’Ieteren Porsche Import an Pon Porsche Import for their strong support. Let’s all look forward to thrilling races.”

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Prospeed Competition organizers and GT3.nl chose to cut monobrand’s fastest Benelux 450 hp of the 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 II. But first, the first generation 997 and 996 are also welcome to complete the grid. There will be three categories (Pro and Am Club, depending on the level of drivers and cars) and the schedule includes six races on circuits Belgian and Dutch.

 

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Benelux is a union of states comprising three neighbouring countries in northwestern EuropeBelgium, the Netherlands andLuxembourg. The union’s name is formed from joining the first two or three letters of each country’s name – Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg – and was first used to name the customs agreement that initiated the union (signed in 1944).[2] It is now used in a more general way to refer to the geographic, economic and cultural grouping of the three countries.

In 1951, these countries joined West Germany, France, and Italy to form the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of theEuropean Economic Community (EEC) and today’s European Union (EU).

The main institutions of the Union are the Committee of Ministers, the Parliament, the Council of the Union, the Court of Justice, the Secretariat-General, the Organization for Intellectual Property.

The Benelux Secretary-General is located in Brussels. It is the central administrative pillar of the Benelux Economic Union. It handles the secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Economic Union and the various committees and working parties. Moreover, it ensures the registry of the Benelux Court of Justice.

 

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Norway’s North Cape in a Classic Porsche 911: A true winter wonderland…with Classic Driver Frank Strothe

teaser52uk_1Norway‘s North Cape is one of the most northerly points in Europe. When the time was right, Classic Driver Frank Strothe checked the battery and alternator of his 1966 Porsche 911 (shod with studded winter tyres), stuffed a sleeping bag and other essentials under the ‘bonnet’ and set off.

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The Idea

I’ve always wanted to go to the ‘Nordkapp’, writes Frank Strothe. I’ve been before, in the summer, but there was no challenge in it. So for years I’ve pondered a winter expedition; driving in the snow is more fun, especially in a classic car that relies on your driving skill to keep it on the road, rather than a host of electronic safety measures.

In Finnmark – Norway’s northernmost county – mothers use run-of-the-mill hatchbacks to take their children to school in -40deg temperatures.

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So to make the trip worthwhile I needed a slightly more adventurous ride: what better choice than an original, unrestored Porsche 911?

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I was given various tips on how to make sure the first leg of my journey wasn’t to be my last. Recommended equipment included a portable heater, a satellite phone, auxiliary fuel tank, additional lights and a crash course in basic mechanics.

Perhaps a little naively, I ignored them all. I wanted a ‘pure’ experience, so I checked the battery and alternator, fitted spiked winter tyres and packed a sleeping bag and tent into the front luggage compartment. No more messing around, it was time to get going.

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The Trip

I trailered the 911 from Germany with – what else? – a modern Land Rover Discovery. From Kramfors onwards I left my fate to the old Porsche, which I drove to Rovaniemi for the first night. Next day, the goal was to reach Ivalo where my reward would be a session at the Porsche Driving Experience, to drive some of my car’s descendents on a frozen lake. It was very impressive, but, when dusk settled, I was glad to return to the wheel of my classic 911.

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The next morning, I attempted to make the short trip from the old fishing village of Gjesvær to the North Cape. However, progress was halted by an oversight in my journey planning. Due to crossing a time zone, and the ban on covering the last few kilometres to the Cape alone, I had to wait an hour to join a twice-daily convoy.

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Our cavalcade was a rather small one as it turned out. Led by a listless snowplough, it was just a BMW X6 with Russian plates and my 911 bringing up the rear – probably one of the most diverse trio of vehicles I’ll ever belong to. Since it was so deserted that day, I had ample time to photograph the car next to The Globe, the North Cape’s landmark monument.

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During one refuelling stop, I noticed the tyre pressures were a little low. I corrected them and went on my way, only to spin the car while pulling out of the petrol station (much to the amusement of a bus full of German tourists). I made my getaway, ego somewhat damaged, and again began to enjoy the sprawling, empty road ahead. By this point I had covered over 2,000km in snowy and icy conditions and had become accustomed to them, happily wagging the 911’s tail through corners.

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Unfortunately, another dramatic spin soon left us both in deep snow, the 911 truly beached. It turned out that the air pressure gauge at the petrol station was wrongly calibrated: each tyre had been overinflated, so the spikes were no longer effective on the ballooning tyres. A friendly group of Norwegians came to my rescue – but not before the return of the holidaying Germans who had another chuckle at my expense.

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Apart from that, and a spell where the alternator threw a wobbly for a few hours, the 911 was very well behaved. It even played saviour when I returned to the Land Rover at the end of the trip, as the Discovery’s battery had drained away. In total, I travelled 6,000km in six days, and pretty well loved every minute.

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Car & Equipment

1966 Porsche 911 SWB, with the carburettor trumpets partially taped-over to prevent them icing up. The only other modifications were the studded winter tyres. The car is unrestored and totally original.

Be careful. You should always carry enough in the car to survive a night outside at -40deg: an Arctic sleeping bag, a tent (or, at a push, you could sleep in the car), a down jacket, thermal trousers, thick gloves, a hat and plenty of food.

I didn’t, but you should really take snow chains for emergencies. Fill up whenever the tank is half full. The 911′s heater will not work properly below -20deg. So, while driving, I wore ski pants, a Polar anorak, thick mittens, a hat, and hiking boots. And still froze.

All the windows were frozen solid, too, apart from the windscreen. But in such a deserted land, it’s only necessary to look ahead…

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911 and the Aurora Borealis

Source: Classic Driver 

Related Links

We congratulate Frank Strothe of Pure Classics on the completion of his North Cape tour in his classic Porsche 911. For his current dealer stock, visit the Classic Driver Marketplace

Around 650 classic and modern Porsches can also be found for sale in the Marketplace

Photos and Text:  Frank Strothe

 

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☆PORSCHE GREETINGS ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013☆

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☆☀☆Warmest thoughts and best wishes☆☀☆
☆☀☆For a Happy New Year☆☀☆
☆☀☆May health, peace, love and prosperity☆☀☆
☆☀☆Follow you always☆☀☆
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May you always find new roads to travel; new horizons to explore; new dreams to call your own.

 

Pelican Forums/TRE Motorsports So Cal New Year’s 2012 Meet & Drive

with Magnus Walker

See you on the road! Happy New Year!

LIFE is simple. EAT. SLEEP. Drive ……..a PORSCHE

 

New Years Day … NorCal East Bay – Picture Video
Its that time of year, to get up early and welcome the New Year in correctly …
Great people .. Great cars, Great California weather …

and a New Years Drive 2012

 

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VIDEO: PORSCHE 918 SPYDER WORKSHOP – Looking forward to this in 2013-2014 Santa Claus!

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shhhhhhhhh….Ho! Ho! Ho! don’t tell Mrs Claus, I’m thinking about trading in the sleigh for one of these for 2013! PORSCHE 918 SPYDER @ Barber Motorsports Park

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Santa Claus has visited 918 Spyder Research and Development Centre in Weissach (Baden-Württemberg) making decisions for NEXT year’s RIDE!

Just an ordinary picture to tickle our cheekbones……

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Amazing image of the assembly workshop of Porsche 918 Spyder prototypes. It shows nine.

For those who follow 918 Spyder, each news is very good. An image of the assembly workshop prototype 918 Spyder . Obviously, they are not all there, but still counted nine 918 prototypes. Some are equipped with supplied “Martini“, others recover 917 sets of prototypes involved in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the past.

The place where all the 918 prototypes are…..

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Power up: the Porsche 918 Spyder

The future is an exciting place, and here’s one of the people bringing it closer. Meet Dr Frank Walliser, who takes us behind the development of one of Porsche’s most thrilling leaps in innovation, the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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The  final series of the 918 Spyder will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 when the first deliveries are scheduled for the end of next year.

 

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VIDEO: Porsche 924 on Snow (5°Snowfall) and Winter Maintenance

Porsche 924 Photo By Maxime Jouet / El-Astic

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Patrick Riva’s daily driver engaged on the Swiss slippery roads (some years ago)

Check out the videos below.

The photo montage extrapolating frames from the video that a friend had made for him.

PATRICK RIVA'S daily driver engaged on the Swiss slippery roads (some years ago) .. I did the photo montage extrapolating frames from a movie that a friend of mine has made.

 

 Make sure your Porsche 924 is ready for wintertime. 

This makes me think that everybody’s ride needs a little checkup once in a while.

Even Santa’s Sleigh needs a little tightening before it takes off in the cold, snow, and ice.

Make sure you don’t get stuck in the snow waiting for a reindeer or a tow truck to help you.

Get your car checked before the icy grip of winter settles in.

A little word of caution. The winter months are hard on your car. Everything from the extreme cold to the dirt and corrosive materials brought in by snow can do lots of damage. Getting your car a winter maintenance check before the cold weather sets in can go a long way in preventing problems from popping up.

If you don’t have a fully functional spark plug with working spark plug wires and a clear well maintained fuel delivery system your engine could have some trouble starting and warming up in the cold. The cold can also cause parts of your engine to crack going from the extreme cold to heat if they’re not treated properly.

Of course it goes without saying that your tires and your brakes should be in top working condition for those icy roads too. Check your anti-freeze to make sure the mixture is right and that your engine doesn’t seize up in the cold and make sure your tires are safe and sound.

Bad tires can very quickly turn your car into a sled when you are going down an icy hill.

Driving down an icy road in subzero temperatures isn’t the time to think about what your car needs to survive the winter. A Winter maintenance check is designed to make sure your car is ready to withstand the icy roads and harsh temperatures.Be sure you are getting someone who is going to take care of your car and treat it like the valuable high performance machine that it is.

Happy Holidays! And safe driving….

 
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1955 Winter Vintage Porsche Motor Skiing (With a Twist) the World’s Most Dangerous Sport

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The roots of ‘skijoring’ or motor skiing can be traced back to Bavaria, circa 1955, when a group of Germanic lunatics decided it would be a good idea to use motorbikes, VW Beetles and Porsches to tow themselves around for fun.

Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. The skiers are towed behind cars travelling at great speed.

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The concept is simple enough: put a rope on a car or motorcycle, presumably equipped with studded snow tires, then have the driver navigate a race course at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

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Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

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Evidently safety was not as big of a concern back then either. The speeds and proximities to other skiers in this clip are unlike anyone would have attempted.

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See the Teutonic madness, featuring Porsche 356s and even a Porsche 550 Spyder, a short but sensationalized video below.

You can spot the Porsche 550 Spyders in the video, and what appears to be Otto Mathe’s famous 4 cam-powered single seat racer, which you can see in person visiting the Prototype Museum in Hamburg.

Probably the Gmund 040, then used by Otto Mathe to tow his ice racer

Source: The British Pathé Film Archive

All 90,000 British Pathe reels can be viewed and enjoyed on:http://www.britishpathe.com

World’s Most Dangerous Sport (1955). Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. Skiers are towed by cars and motorcycles travelling at great speed. Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

 

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UPDATE: Stephane Dufour International Automotive Porsche Artist With Exceptional Talent

Stéphane Dufour Automotive Artist

LOOKING FOR more IDEAS for the HOLIDAYS, for yourself or that SPECIAL person in your life?

Wanted to share from my friend Stéphane over @ Stéphane Dufour Automotive Art Facebook page, who also has a line of great Automotive art clothing that he has developed for the last 3 years.

Called “8Bolt” [link to www.8bolt.com], and now is HERE in the USA and very popular over in EUROPE.

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CHECK out his Facebook page and his other Facebook page 8bolt Clothing USA.

8bolt Clothing USA is the exclusive brand for clothing tailored around the original Automotive Art of Stephane Dufour.

It is a honor to share with you Stéphane Dufour exceptional artistic talent. Take some time to see all his art here and much more on his website with Information & details.

Stéphane Dufour Automotive Art

Stéphane Dufour, international automotive artist, decidedly contemporary, displays an exceptional talent for emphasize light, forms and sensuality of the most iconic sports cars.

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The Porsche 911, in its GT1, GT2, GT3, RS, Turbo and Speedster version, sits side to side with the epic 24h du Mans 917, 550 Spyder and 959 supercars or Carrera GT in original and limited edition art work.

Automotive artist Stéphane Dufour

His hyper realistic paintings devoted to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet Corvette, Citroen, Jaguar, Shelby, Ford, Harley-Davidson or Michael Schumacher complete his master piece dedicated to prestigious, competition and collection automobiles.

Automotive artist Stéphane Dufour

Stéphane is an accomplished artist, also developing more abstract automobilia creations through using sculpture and digital art.

Automotive artist Stéphane Dufour

About The Artist:

Stéphane Dufour Automotive Artist

Stéphane DUFOUR was born in BellacFrance, in 1970.

He spent most of his childhood contemplating fine automobile craftsmanship passing through his father’s workshop. His father repaired and serviced prestigious cars, authentic masterpieces which stimulated Stéphane’s imagination and would deeply influence this young boy’s day to day life.

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Original done in colored pencils. 1/150.

While attending his first lessons at the Art Decos school of Limoges, he realized he could combine his passions for drawing and beautiful cars. Stéphane was unquestionably inspired by the 50s, 60s and 70s automobiles. Three decades unanimously considered as the pinnacle of car design and conception by all car amateurs.

917 Martini
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With a simple pencil or charcoal he started drawing, with great talent, these legendary cars which were all hauting his mind. At the time his preference for “3/4 front” and black and white drawings is evident. After studying three years at the Art Décos school, he established his unique and innovative style, synthetising space, light, shape, movement and color.

917 Legend
original was done in oil. 1/300.

Pushing his work on reflections and details to the limit, his paintings now emphasized the light and shadows rapping around exquisite bodywork. Stéphane’s work is eclectic, ranging from Ferrari to Aston Martin and passed Citroen.

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However his unassailable passion for Porsche shines through with numerous and honorable art works of unique German supercars.

Last victory at Le Mans in 1998 for Porsche 911 GT 1 No.26

These paintings and drawings of epic Porsches, Le Mans prototypes and exceptional 911s, guaranty him an international acclaim.

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Moreover the quality of his work was officially recognized by the Porsche firm, who have guaranteed him over the past years a certified international licence for artistic reproductions of the Zuffenhausen‘s production.

Generation Speedster
1/200. original was done in colored pencils.

With over 200 canvases in experience, Stéphane Dufour is now adamant in using new technologies to help develop his artwork.

Portfolio.
5 sheets depicting the evolution of what is now the 911. Amazing. 1/300

After years using only pencils, oil paint or airbrush, Stéphane started sculpting in 2004 and recently using digital technology, thereby enriching his artistic production. He describes his own work as hyperréalistic, but also claims a more abstract style on certain paintings, sculptures and digital artwork principally.

959
Original artwork based on the first 1980s supercar theme: the Porsche 959. Oil painting on canvas. Dimensions: 50 x 40 cm. Created in 2007

All of Stéphane’s work are unique limited editions as well as signed and marked by him.

 A 360-degree look at S Dufour’s latest homage to Porsche’s classic 911. These limited edition sculptures are entirely made by hand

Stéphane also works on private command by individuals or companies, where he is systematically asked to let his imperishable imagination guide his inspiration towards a specific model.

Porsche 917 K aux 12 heures de Sebring en 1971. limited edition

An authentic source of joy for anyone who understands that art and automobiles are two intertwining and intimate domains.

Stephane Dufour Automotive Art

Any authentic car enthusiast will take pleasure in surfing through this web site, Stephane’s personnal art gallery.

Combination Gulf
A hint of Steve Mac Queen. Based on an original oil painting. Printed on canvas, fixed on a chassis. Dimensions: 30 x 40 cm. Limited edition, 100 signed and numbered copies

Every canvas issued, whether it be an original or a limited edition is signed and market by the artist. The paintings are on sale and delivered with great care and short delivery delays.

Automotive artist Stéphane Dufour

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http://www.sdufour.com/en/

 

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – Tennis Superstar Maria Sharapova back at Porsche Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Seven Top 10 players entered for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Maria Sharapova back in the Porsche Arena

Stuttgart. Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova will once again grace the Stuttgart tournament.

Last year’s winner has affirmed to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) that she intends to play the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix from 20 to 28 April 2013. In addition to the Russian, six other Top 10 players have also entered the world class event in the Porsche Arena.

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“I’m really pleased we’re again able to present the public with the world’s top players.

Maria Sharapova’s signing up for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is another indication of just how much at home the players feel here,” said Tournament Director Markus Günthardt.

The Stuttgart entry list published by the WTA is headed by Maria Sharapova, the current world No. 2. Especially pleasing for German tennis fans is the fact that a home player is second on the list.

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Maria Sharapova (RUS) back in the Porsche Arena

Angelique Kerber, who has climbed up to fifth in the rankings, this year won the indoor tournaments in Paris and Copenhagen. Another player due to appear at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is Sara Errani.

Presently world ranked No. 6, the 25-year-old Italian managed to win four WTA tournaments in 2012.

At the French Open this year, she went all the way to the final where she was only stopped by Maria Sharapova. The following Top 10 players have also entered the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:

the Chinese Na Li (No. 7),

the Czech Petra Kvitova (No. 8),

the Australian Samantha Stosur (No, 9)

and the Dane Caroline Wozniacki (No. 10).

The 36th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix will take place in the Porsche Arena from 20 – 28 April 2013. Advance tickets can be ordered from Easy Ticket Service (telephone: + 49 711-2555 555, Internet: www.easyticket.de).

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

Communication Porsche AG

 

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VIDEO: PORSCHE 917-021 THE FABULOUS STORY LIMITED EDITION BOOK AVAILABLE NOW

The real story of 917-021

The Porsche 917chassis number 021, was built in 1969

and was part of the first batch of twenty-five 917s.

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The numbers are limited and that’s why you are the first to be told about the on-line site on which you can order this eagerly-awaited book: “Porsche 917-021, The fabulous story.”

Don’t miss out – order your copy now!

You can now (starting December 10) buy the book via the on-line site on which you will also find the addresses of the distributors. http://www.917-021.com/en/order

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There is a short video to accompany this event. Enjoy!

Enjoy reading the story of the Porsche 917-021 – the real one!

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The real story of 917-021

The Porsche 917chassis number 021, was built in 1969 and was part of the first batch of twenty-five 917s.

In April 1970, it was sold to the Finnish AAW team and then painted in the red and yellow colours of its title sponsor. The car’s first race, the Monza 1000 kms, was really an extended test session and it saw the flag in eleventh place. Next came the Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km in which Laine-van Lennep improved to fifth overall. Two weeks later tragedy struck at the Nürburgring when Hans Laine was killed in practice in the AAW team’s Porsche 908/2.

The 917 did not take part in the following day’s race.David Piper and van Lennep drove 021 in the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the Englishman crashed in pouring rain in the Dunlop curve when in third place. He brought the car back to its pit where it was repaired. Van Lennep went back out and was eliminated when a tyre exploded on the Mulsanne straight due to excessive wear caused by the twisted chassis. The 917 was sent back to the factory for repairs. Given the lack of time available before its next race (Norisring) Porsche took chassis 012 from stock. It had been repaired in Stuttgart and all the mechanical components from 021 were grafted onto it and the chassis was renamed 021.

On 28th June it arrived at the Norisring for the Interserie race with a provisional decoration: a white front bonnet and a yellow engine cover. Hans-Dieter Dechent, the Martini boss, then rented 021. He had it painted in the psychedelic mauve and green livery seen on the long-tail 917 (chassis 043) that came second in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours. He entered it for van Lennep-Larrousse in the Watkins Glen 6 Hours in the USA and the CanAm event the following day. On 23rd August the Porsche sported a new red and yellow psychedelic livery, the AAW team’s colours, for the Keimola Interserie race in which it scored its first win. On 20th September van Lennep clinched victory no.2 in the Zandvoort Trophy.

In the Paris 1000 km 021 retired with blown valves with van Lennep at the wheel. The 917’s last race for the Martini team was the Kyalami 9 Hours with Siffert and Ahrens. The car had a 5-litre engine for the South African event and it saw the flag in second place. 021 then went back to Porsche where its engine was removed and installed in the 917 01-021 spyder for the AAW team in 1971. The original chassis and bodywork as sold to Manfred Freisinger in 1972. Three years later Joachim Grossmann bought and restored 917-021. He painted it white, detuned the engine and used it as his road car! In 1983, it was sold to American collector Don Marsh. In 1996, he put it back in to its Watkins Glen configuration although the colours and arabesques did not exactly correspond to the original livery. Bobby Rahal bought 021 in 2002 and sold it on to Juan Barazi the following year.

Vincent Gaye purchased 021 at the end of 2007 and decided to carry out a full restoration. The car turned a wheel for the first time in 2011.

Discover the history and the technical secrets of its legendary 180° V12 engine, the car’s soul. Also pictured are its liveries and decorations starting with the classic red and yellow Shell paintwork and finishing with the two psychedelic colour schemes that marked its 1970 racing career.

The book also describes the meeting with Joachim Grossmann, the only other man (with Count Rossi) to have registered a 917 as a road-going car!

The story of the Porsche 917’s exceptional restoration and its return to the track will give the reader never-before published insight’s into one of the greatest racing cars in the history of motor racing!

THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE STARTING DEC 10TH, CHECK THE ONLINE WEBSITE BELOW FOR DETAILS

Source: www.917-021.com

 

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Nick Tandy wins Porsche Cup as the best private driver in the world

Nick Tandy Winner Porsche Cup, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche Chairman of the Supervisory Board


Nick Tandy Winner Porsche Cup, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Stuttgart. After his first full season in international GT racing, Nick Tandy (28) from Great Britain can celebrate winning the Porsche Cup as the best private driver in the world.

On the occasion of the Night of Champions on 8 December in the R&D Centre at Weissach, Nick Tandy received the Porsche Cup from Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG. Additionally, Tandy was awarded a new Porsche 911 Carrera S.

911 Carrera S Coupé

 Tandy was awarded a new 911 Carrera S Coupé

During the past season the Briton scored a total of 7,510 points. Second-placed Raymond Narac is the recipient of 30,000 Euro, Paolo Ruberti’s third place comes with a purse of 25,000 Euro.

Nick Tandy (GB)Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 09 Hockenheimring 2011

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 09 Hockenheimring 2011

 

The Porsche Cup is endowed with a total value of 253,000 Euro. In the competition initiated by Ferry Porsche, drivers earned points in 18 Grand Touring and prototype race series worldwide as well as at selected long distance races. Professional race driver and part-time farmer Nick Tandy headed into 2012 as the reigning champion of the Carrera Cup Deutschland driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR run by the experienced Manthey Racing team in the International GT Open. Sharing the cockpit with works driver Marco Holzer, Tandy won five races.
In the ADAC GT Masters, Tandy competed for the Geyer & Weinig EDV – Schütz Motorsport squad at the wheel of a 911 GT3 R. Here, Tandy and his teammate Christian Engelhart scored four victories. For the Brit, the season concluded with seventh place in the drivers’ classification.

2012 ALMS - Petit Le Mans

Tandy earned further points towards the Porsche Cup competing for Flying Lizard Motorsports and TRG in the ALMS.

2012 ALMS - Petit Le MansPorsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Marco Holzer, Seth Neiman, Nick Tandy

2012 ALMS – Petit Le Mans
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Marco Holzer, Seth Neiman, Nick Tandy

2012 ALMS - Petit Le MansPorsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Marco Holzer, Seth Neiman, Nick Tandy

2012 ALMS – Petit Le Mans
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Marco Holzer, Seth Neiman, Nick Tandy

In the British GT Championship, he manned the cockpit of a Team Motorbase fielded 911 GT3 R at selected rounds. After John Fitzpatrick (1972, 1974, 1980) and Tim Sugden (2005), Nick Tandy is the third Briton to be honoured with the Porsche Cup, which has been awarded by Porsche since 1970.

International GT Open, Barcelona, Marco Holzer (GER), Olaf Manthey (GER), Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Marco Holzer (GER), Olaf Manthey (GER), Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Manthey-Racing, Marco Holzer (GER), Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Manthey-Racing, Marco Holzer (GER), Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Manthey-Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Marco Holzer (GER), Nick Tandy (GBR)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Manthey-Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Marco Holzer (GER), Nick Tandy (GBR)

With a margin of just 170 points, Frenchman Raymond Narac (45) finished the race for the Porsche Cup in second place. The founder and owner of the successful IMSA Performance Matmut team contested three major championships as team principal and driver.

International GT Open, Barcelona, IMSA Performance Matmut, Patrick Pilet (FRA), Raymond Narac (FRA)

International GT Open, Barcelona, IMSA Performance Matmut, Patrick Pilet (FRA), Raymond Narac (FRA)

In the European Le Mans Series, Narac defended the championship title in the GTE Am class driving a 911 GT3 RSR in last year’s spec.

International GT Open, Barcelona, Raymond Narac (FRA)

International GT Open, Barcelona, Raymond Narac (FRA)

 

Joining forces with Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet, Narac periodically held the lead in the International GT Open driver’s standings and concluded the season in the hotly-contested championship in sixth. In the World Endurance Championship, Narac scored a class win and second place in Le Mans.
After securing second in last year’s Porsche Cup, Paolo Ruberti again climbs the “podium” in third. The 37-year-old Italian secured this success predominantly in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Driving Felbermayr-Proton’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Ruberti won the GT Am class at the Sebring 12 Hours and the 6 hour race in Bahrain.

Ruberti secured additional points thanks to a victory and a second place in the Italian GT Championship.

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsport  Porsche AG Media Press Database

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press

 

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