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Porsche Museum is presenting “60 years of Porsche Clubs” New special exhibition anniversary model 911 Club Coupe
First roll-out will be part of Porsche’s celebration of a 48-year success story
By the late 1950s it was obvious to Porsche that the 356, which was the company’s sole product line since 1948, needed to be updated. Replacing it was necessary, yet perilous.
Who knew that the eventual replacement for the 356, the 911, would surpass its predecessor in sales, longevity and glory?
Or that it would be so fanatically cherished by its owners that Porsche hasn’t been allowed to replace it. Or that the Company would be introducing its latest iteration all the way in 2011?
And, with Porsche Motorsport concentrating on its development of prototypes for Le Mans and elsewhere, there wasn’t much initial effort by the factory for racing the 911, but it became the most successful race car in history, with hundreds of samples of its 48-year legacy to be displayed and raced at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, October 14 – 16, 2011, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.
The surprise is that the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera, the completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon, and a fore-bearer of race cars to come, will be on display for the first time in North America for Porsche enthusiasts to see up close at Rennsport Reunion IV.
“As the 911 race car and street car histories are completely intertwined, it is fitting to show our latest 911 at a motor racing extravaganza,” said Bernd Harling, who is heading up Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV for event host Porsche Cars North America.
“Everyone will see that this newborn is truly a member of the family,” said Harling.
From every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera evolution, not revolution’ design philosophy. The new car has a longer wheel base, but is both lower and lighter than its predecessor. With its two engine sizes, the new 911 Carrera is able to provide improved performance and handling, and even better fuel economy than before.
The 911 Carrera is equipped with a 3.4-liter, 350hp six-cylinder boxer engine, while the Carrera S is fitted with a 3.8-liter, 400hp six-cylinder boxer powerplant, both with the optional PDK transmission available.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrated its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, while the official North American debut will be held at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The first new 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in February of 2012.
It took a while for Porsche Motorsport to warm up to the 911 as a race car, but, as has happened several times in the company’s history, the customers took the lead. Almost as soon as the 911 went into production, buyers were using it in hill climbs and autocrosses and Porsche itself started to produce lightweight and enhanced performance vehicles for their motorsports customers.
In 1967, Porsche built 20 911 “R” models stripped interiors (no carpet, for instance), thin-skinned aluminum doors, fiberglass deck lids, taillights swiped from a Fiat, oversize carbs, a magnesium engine case, dual spark plug cylinder heads and much more. With about 210 horsepower on board, these race-ready, lightweight rockets were the start of the 911 racing legend.
Vic Elford, one of the most famous Porsche drivers in history, was one of the first to compete in the Porsche 911 at a high level, winning in the mid-‘60s in England using a race with the very first demo model imported by the factory distributor, and later driving to victory in 1968 at the Monte Carlo Rally.
The Porsche 911 race car started to make noise in the U.S. when IMSA’s Camel GT series started in 1970, with Brumos Racing and Hurley Haywood taking their 1970 Porsche 911S to its first championship in the 1972 season. Haywood and co-driver and Brumos co-owner Peter Gregg went on to win IMSA championships in 1973, 1974, and 1975.
After the Porsche 911 Carrera RS and RSR models won IMSA and Trans-Am championships in the mid-70s, the company introduced the radical Porsche 934 and 935 race cars – 911 silhouette bodied cars with big, twin-turbocharged engines. After being banned for a season from the Camel GT, they came back with a roar to become the cars to beat in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
The 1980s and early 90s were prime time for Porsche Motorsport’s 956 and 962 prototype race cars, and the 911 took a bit of a back seat on the GT side to Porsche 924 and 944-based models.
Then, in 1997, Porsche introduced the GT class 911 GT2R at Le Mans where this 996-based water-cooled coupe promptly won its class, followed by the famous Porsche 911 GT1 which gave Porsche its last overall victory at Le Mans (1998).
The current generation of 911 race cars, initiated by the introduction of the Porsche 911 GT3 R in 1999, and promptly driven to the 1999 American Le Mans Series GT championship by Cort Wagner. The iteration of this family is the current Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, with Dick Barbour Racing, Alex Job Racing, and Flying Lizard Motorsports – all U.S.-based teams – leading Porsche to victories in U.S. sports car championships a well as Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans.
The other family of 911 race cars, in production since 1989, is the 911 GT3 Cup, which was developed for the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup one-marque series which take place around the globe. The latest version, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which also competes in the American Le Mans Series, the IMSA GT3 challenge by Yokohama, SCCA World Challenge, and Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series, will have its own feature race during the Rennsport weekend.
Porsche Car Corral Nearly Sold Out Five Weeks in Advance of Event
Anticipation for the first-ever West coast appearance of Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV October 14-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is running high.
Complementing the more than 350 of the rarest Porsche race cars competing on the track will be an unprecedented field of 800-plus Porsches staged in the traditional car corral area. The demand is so swift and the support from the Porsche Club of America so positive that an additional parking area with limited space is being designated as another Porsche car corral.
“This is the first-time a single marque has completely occupied the entire car corral area,” explained Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “The Monterey Peninsula will be a Porsche-lovers paradise, and one that will be long remembered by participants, fans, the community and local businesses.”
An impressive lineup of Porsche race and sports cars, and what quite possibly will be the largest reunion of former and current Porsche drivers will be attending. More than 50 legendary drivers will be available for autograph sessions, mingling and plenty of story-telling of their days driving the now-legendary Porsche race cars.
In addition to the already full Rennsport Reunion IV weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Porsche Race Car Classic, an exclusive display of more than 180 of Porsche’s silver race cars from the 1950s and early ‘60s will be held on the lawns of the nearby Quail Lodge in Carmel on Sunday, October 16.
For more information on the Porsche Race Car Classic or to purchase tickets visit www.porscheracecarclassic.com
Bodymotion Racing announces 3-car entry for Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series
Bodymotion Racing is pleased to announce their official entry into the 2011 Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) hosted by NASA.
Located in Central New Jersey, Bodymotion has been building and fielding championship-winning Porsches for three decades and they look forward to continuing that tradition in ITC.
The team is set to field two P-1 Cayman S cars and one P2 Cayman S, under the scrutiny of Bodymotion owner and Team Principal Mike Bavaro. “Intercontinental Trophy Cup is just the kind of semi-pro series needed for those drivers seeking more than club racing without the huge expense of going to professional racing. It will also provide a great launching pad for young drivers seeking to advance their career in sports car racing”, commented Bavaro, a thirty-year race veteran. He continued, “The Bodymotion team looks forward to a competitive season in ITC and our goal is to earn enough podium finishes to score the inaugural ITC Championship for 2011”.
Bodymotion will announce its driver lineup over the coming weeks.
Bodymotion serves the Porsche community with a full service mechanical and auto body facility boasting state of the art equipment, including water base refinish shop, Cellete fixture bench uni-body repair system, electronic diagnostics, in-house dynamometer, fabrication shop, full engine and transmission building, all in house.
Bodymotion Racing has engineered, built, raced and maintained cars in IMSA, Grand American, PCA club racing, SCCA, NASA, and HSR, garnering dozens of wins, podium finishes and several championships along the way. Bodymotion has recently been awarded the vendor rights to the new ITC series for roll cages, ignition column locks, and quick release steering wheel kits. As thirty year members of the Porsche Club of America, Bodymotion offers complete car care from glass to upholstery, from full race cars to street hot rods to service on your daily driver.
More information on Bodymotion and their ITC build please visit: www.bodymotion.com“
About Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC)
The Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) is a new growing and expanding series with the vision of providing not just another racing venue but a clear and defined path for the new and upcoming talents from a variety of racers from both karting and club racing into a semi-professional series. In addition to providing a development path to professional racing ITC will be NASA’s first nationally touring semi-professional series.
ITC will provide a structure to assist the development of a driver and team not only on the track but off also. ITC will have the staff and partners in place to help teams and drivers foster business partners and develop marketing strategies for this new and ever changing economy.
RaceFansTV.com to Broadcast all ITC Series Events in 2011
Indianapolis, Indiana – (2010.12.21) The intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) is pleased to announce they have received an early Christmas present and have reached an agreement with RaceFansTV.com to broadcast all sixteen races from the Series’ eight events throughout the 2011 racing season. This agreement is a major step toward developing a media and marketing strategy that will benefit race teams and drivers as well as series and team sponsors.
ITC Series Principal Doug Livingtson recently commented on the need for a broadcast partner.
“As a new series focused on driver development, we needed a platform that would give teams, and especially young drivers, a means of exposing their talents while providing support for their sponsors. RaceFansTV provides the ideal platform with the added benefit that it is global in nature which ideal for those drivers looking to reach international markets.”
“The Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series is an exciting new initiative for motorsport fans in that it combines great cars on challenging tracks in a manner that is very accessable by the fans.” said RaceFanTV’s Managing Director Chuck Ehredt. “RaceFansTV is proud to broadcast the races to our worldwide audience via the www.racefanstv.com platform to increase exposure for the competitors and sponsors, as well as allow enthusiasts around the world to follow the championship.¨
Ehredt continued, ¨RaceFansTV will regularly schedule the Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series races on the Sport Car Channel for free to our worldwide audience, or allow subscribers to access all the race programs On Demand throughout the coming season. ITC will be announcing it’s 2011 racing schedule shortly and will coordinate with RaceFansTV to include broadcast schedules on the ITC web site so that fans never miss a race.
“We are excited to have RaceFansTV on board” ,said ITC’s Livingston. “We can’t wait for the season to get started and have plenty of racing action for our fans to watch.”
RaceFansTV was created in honor of the hundreds of thousands of people who have devoted their lives to motorsports, as well as the millions who remain impassioned by the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the constant rush of competition.The goal is be the primary destination for Race Fans of all types to be entertained and obtain greater knowledge in an engaging, interactive, and family-friendly way. This will be achieved through a highly collaborative environment where members, suppliers, sponsors, and associates interact freely to maintain the most comprehensive source of knowledge and video content in the motorsport world.