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Porsche “Mission 2014. Our return.” Interactive microsite highlighting Porsche’s comeback into top motor racing

Interactive journey through time into the history of Porsche Motorsport

Stuttgart. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche returns to the pinnacle of endurance motor racing in 2014 with a newly designed sports prototype. The greatly anticipated comeback will be accompanied by a multimedia microsite entitled “Mission 2014. Our Return.” on porsche.com/mission2014.

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© Porsche AG

It takes fans on an interactive journey through 60 years of Porsche Motorsport history showcasing previously unreleased films, photo galleries and stories. Phase one of the three-stage Web Special highlights the legendary venues of Porsche’s racing history and brings the greatest moments of motorsport back to life.

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© Porsche AG

Each week, new content is added, outlining why Porsche and motorsport are inseparably connected. In addition to historical film documentaries, interviews with drivers, engineers and former race directors allow a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.

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© Porsche AG

The microsite “Mission 2014. Our Return.” is found under porsche.com/mission2014

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Source: Porsche AG Media Database

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Dr. Wolfgang Porsche 70th birthday on May 10, Chairman of the Porsche Supervisory Board keeps company tradition alive

Chairman of the Porsche Supervisory Board keeps company tradition alive

Chairman of the Porsche Supervisory Board keeps company tradition alive

Stuttgart. Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE as well as of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, is celebrating his 70th birthday on May 10, 2013.

Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, paid tribute to the “invaluable contribution” Mr. Porsche has made for the sports car maker:

“The fact that a member of the founder family is actively representing our company internationally is essential for many Porsche fans in their extraordinary identification with the brand and its products.

As the son of Professor Ferry Porsche, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche supports our company with the greatest personal commitment. He has shaped the development of the Porsche AG over the past 35 years as a Member of the Supervisory Board and since 2007 as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.”

Wolfgang Porsche was born in Stuttgart on May 10, 1943, the youngest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche, the founder of the Porsche sports car brand. His grandfather was the brilliant automotive design engineer who shaped the history of the car with his Stuttgart automotive design engineering office.

Chairman of the Porsche Supervisory Board keeps company tradition alive

Chairman of the Porsche Supervisory Board keeps company tradition alive

Wolfgang Porsche spent the first six and a half years of his life at the so-called “Schüttgut” in Zell am See, Austria, the estate of his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche. The family, and the company, returned to Stuttgart in 1950. Wolfgang obtained his Abitur (higher school-leaving certificate) in 1965. He also passed his journeyman’s examination as a metalworker. Afterwards, Porsche obtained his degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He received his doctorate in International Business in 1973.
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At first, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche went into business as an independent entrepreneur: As Managing Director of JAMOTO, he became general importer of Yamaha motorbikes in Austria. He returned to Germany in 1976 and worked at the Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart as manager in various areas of domestic and foreign sales. In 1978, he was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, taking over the position of Chairman in 2007. He was also appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE at its incorporation in June 2007.

In addition, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, since April 24, 2008.
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Upon the death of his father Ferry in 1998, he was selected spokesman by the Porsche family. The father of four lives alternatively in Salzburg and the “Schüttgut” in Zell am See, which he acquired from the family estate.

There, in Salzburger Land, he operates an Alpine organic farm with around 200 dairy cows. An ardent hunter, he has always felt close to nature. His enthusiasm for sports cars has been the focus of his life from his very early youth on. Over the course of decades, a private collection of vintage cars has evolved that contains numerous very rare Porsche vehicles, which he drives regularly.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche has received numerous honours for his services to business. In 2005, he was awarded the “Great Golden Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria” by the Chancellor of Austria, the highest award granted by his homeland.

For his services to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, he received the Gold “Staufermedaille” Award. At the onset of 2012, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche was appointed Honorary Senator of Salzburg University and was admitted to the University’s Council in 2013.

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Résumé Dr. Wolfgang Porsche

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche

May10,1943

Born in Stuttgart

1965

Abitur

1965 – 1971

Academic studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Graduation in Business Administration

1973

Doctorate in International Business at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

1976 – 1981

Active in various sales areas at home and abroad for Daimler-Benz AG, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim

Since 1978

Member of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, Member of the Supervisory Board or Administrative Board in various Porsche sales companies

1983

Member of the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Porsche Group, Salzburg

1988 -2011

Managing Director in Porsche Holding Ges.m.b.H., Salzburg

Since 2007

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

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First Porsche Press Video from Spa-Francorchamps rd 2 of the World Endurance Championship (WEC)

Press Release

03/05/2013

World Endurance Championship, round 2 in Spa-Francorchamps

Spa: More than just Eau Rouge

Stuttgart. A first video from Spa-Francorchamps of round 2 of the World Endurance Championship (WEC)  e weekend.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

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Motorsport Press

 

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6 VIDEOS: PORSCHE JUNIOR PROGRAM – Six finalists at evaluation drive in Vallelunga, Italy

Dennis van de Laar, Connor de Phillippi, Levin Amweg, Alex Riberas Bou, Jeffrey Schmidt, Pieter Schotthorst (l. – r.), Porsche Junior Programme, Vallelunga

Press Release29/10/2012

Porsche Junior Programme …… Stay tuned for more updates from this post.

Six finalists at evaluation drive in Vallelunga

Porsche Motorsport International Scholarship

Latest video from the shootout on the Porsche press database

Stuttgart. A video from the Porsche Motorsport International Scholarship on the Autodromo di Vallelunga, which is contested today

Porsche Junior Programme

Fifth video from the final of the process on the Porsche press database

A further video from the final of the Porsche Junior process on the Autodromo di Vallelunga, which is contested on Monday and Tuesday

Porsche Junior Programme

Fourth video from the final of the process on the Porsche press database

A further video from the final of the Porsche Junior process on the Autodromo di Vallelunga, which is contested on Monday and Tuesday (10/29 & 10/30)

Stuttgart. Six young pilots aged from 18 to 20 years will front each other to determine who receives intensive support in the 2013 season as a Porsche Junior in the Carrera Cup Deutschland.

Dennis van de Laar, Pieter Schothorst, Jeffrey Schmidt, Alex Riberas Bou, Levin Amweg, Connor de Phillippi, Porsche Junior Programme, Vallelunga

Porsche Junior Programme

Third video from the final of the process on the Porsche press database

Stuttgart. A further video from the final of the Porsche Junior process on the Autodromo di Vallelunga, which is contested on Monday and Tuesday

At the finale of the international youth selection process, two Swiss drivers Levin Amweg (18) and Jeffrey Schmidt (18), two Dutchmen Dennis van de Laar (18) and Pieter Schothorst (20), a Spaniard Alex Riberas Bou (18) as well as American Connor de Philippi (19) will undertake a comprehensive test programme this Monday and Tuesday in Vallelunga (Italy) with the 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Porsche Junior Programme – 6 Finalisten – 6 Finalists 
Stuttgart. A video from the final of the Porsche Junior process on the Autodromo di Vallelunga, which is contested on Monday and Tuesday,

In the lead-up, the six finalists had come out on top in an extensive selection process against young talents from around the world. Factors taken into account were fitness, mental strength, demeanour and technical understanding.

Pieter Schothorst, Dennis van de Laar, Levin Amweg, Connor de Phillippi, Alex Riberas Bou, Jeffrey Schmidt, Porsche Junior Programme, Vallelunga

Now working alongside engineers on the track, the junior drivers, all of whom were successful in various national and international formula race series, will be tested for consistent times over a race distance as well as in simulated qualifying laps. Moreover, candidates must demonstrate their skill in handling the media with television interviews and photo shoots.

Porsche Junior Programme 2013 – Second video from the final of the process
Stuttgart. A further video from the final of the Porsche Junior process on the Autodromo di Vallelunga, which is contested on Monday and Tuesday.

In the weeks following the selection process, two pilots will be chosen after careful analysis of all data and given support in their 2013 Carrera Cup Deutschland campaign as Porsche juniors. Porsche provides a large part of the season’s budget. The junior pilots choose their own race team based on a defined set of criteria from Porsche Motorsport

Dennis van de Laar, Levin Amweg, Pieter Schothorst, Connor de Phillippi, Jeffrey Schmidt, Alex Riberas Bou, PorscheJunior Programme, Vallelunga

Aside from financial funding as well as support from an experienced coach who accompanies the two drivers on and off the race track, the Porsche juniors receive assistance similar to the internationally successful Porsche factory pilots.

Fitness tests with constantly adapted training plans as well as media coaching, technical seminars and sponsor obligations are also part of the programme. In the 2012 season, both Porsche juniors Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Klaus Bachler (Austria) started the programme which initially runs for four years.

Porsche has intensively supported talented youngsters in motorsport since 1997. T

oday’s Porsche factory pilots Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long and Marco Holzer were trained as Porsche juniors. Other big-league names in motorsport to emerge from this scholarship programme are Dirk Müller, Lucas Luhr and Mike Rockenfeller.

SOURCE: Porsche AG media Database

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Porsche, PORSCHE JUNIOR PROGRAM

 

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PORSCHE PRESS RELEASE – American Le Mans Series, rd 7 Elkhart Lake, USA, qualifying: One-two in qualifying for Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

One-two in qualifying for Porsche 911 GT3 RSR


Marco Holzer

Stuttgart. In his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Marco Holzer posted his first pole position in the American Le Mans Series at Elkhart Lake.


Marco Holzer

On the legendary Road America race track in the US state of Wisconsin, which hosts round seven of the American Le Mans Series on Saturday, the Porsche works driver from Germany set a new qualifying record in the GT class.


Marco Holzer

The second quickest time, a mere 0.01 seconds behind the leader, went to his factory pilot colleague and five-time Road America winner Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) in the second Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long

For Porsche, Marco Holzer’s top time marks the first pole position so far this season in the American Le Mans Series.

Seth Neiman

With Holzer sharing driving duties with team owner Seth Neiman (USA), the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche takes off into the race from the head of the strong GT field for the first time ever in the race series featuring the world’s fastest sports cars.


Marco Holzer

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to have clinched my first pole in the American Le Mans Series. I’m really pleased for the team that our number 44 car is at the very front of the grid,” says Marco Holzer. “This track is fantastic and it’s great fun competing here. With the race running over four hours it’s very long and a great deal can happen in this time. Still, pole position is always a great place to start from.”

Jörg Bergmeister

“The race weekend began very well for Porsche with positions one-two in qualifying,” said Joerg Bergmeister, who has clinched three of his victories on this track with his current team mate Patrick Long (USA). “Already during free practice we were going very well so our good qualifying result actually comes as no great surprise.”

 

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long

Wolf Henzler

At the wheel of Falken Tire’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) set the eighth quickest time.

Bryan Sellers

Henzler teams up with Bryan Sellers (USA) for round seven in Elkhart Lake.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Team Falken Tire: Wolf Henzler, Bryan Sellers

Bryce Miller (USA) turned the tenth quickest time in Paul Miller Racing’s 911 which he shares with Sascha Maassen (Germany).

Bryce Miller

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Paul Miller Racing: Sascha Maassen, Bryce Miller

Sascha Maassen

The race in Elkhart Lake starts on Saturday, 18 August, at 14.30 hrs local time (21.30 hrs CEST) and runs over four hours. The race is broadcast live on http://www.americanlemans.com.

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Qualifying result

GT class
1. Marco Holzer (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:04.415 minutes
2. Jörg Bergmeister (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.01 seconds
3. Oliver Gavin (GB), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.45
4. Bill Auberlen (USA), BMW E92 M3, + 0.49
5. Antonio Garcia (E), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.50
6. Johannes van Overbeek (USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.57
8. Wolf Henzler (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.23
10. Bryce Miller (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.76

GTC class
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:12.773 minutes

This is the American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. The field is divided into five classes that start together but are classified separately:
GT class: This most popular class amongst car manufacturers traditionally receives the most support: Slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
GTC class: This class is reserved for vehicles from one-make race series like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp and a 900 kg minimum weight.
LMPC class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.

SOURCE: American Le Mans Series  Porsche AG Media Press Database

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For sale: The Harrison Porsche Collection – significant rare, road and competition Porsches

The Harrison Porsche Collection

Maxted-Page Limited is very proud to be the appointed agents in offering for sale The Harrison Porsche Collection

5 Porsches out 7 are still available for sale.

A wide and significant collection of rare, road and competition Porsches, passionately acquired and owned by Gerald Harrison over the last 10 years.

Gerald Harrison’s passion for speed and adventure on land, sea and in the air has taken him into new directions within aviation, which now consumes most of his time, leaving little time to drive and enjoy this fine collection of Porsches.

A rare opportunity for the serious collector and or historic racing driver to acquire some of the most highly sought after and exceptional historic Porsche’s, which rarely ever come to the market together in this way.

Read on about The Harrison Porsche Collection from Maxted-Page, and head to their website here for more.

Reinhold Plank ~ Concours Restored
1951 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupe
Chassis # 5447

SOLD

 

The ex-Peter Gregg / Brumos Porsche
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis # 904 068

 

1966 Targa Florio & European Sportscar Championship – First production built Carrera 6
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
Chassis # 906 101

SOLD

Ex-Vanina Ickx
1972 Porsche 911 2.4S
Chassis # 911 230 1725

 

Four times Le Mans and 1981 GT Class winner
1976 Porsche 934
Chassis # 930 670 0177
Production no: 106 4619

17,000 miles from new
1996 Porsche 993 Carrera GT2
Chassis # WPOZZZ99ZTS392138

One owner from new
2005 RUF Turbo R Coupe LHD
Chassis # W09BD03665PR06024

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Photography credits  – Fluid Images, Serger Giesbers & Maxted-Page Limited.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Autos & Vehicles

 

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Up For Sale: ex-Peter Gregg Brumos Porsche 1964 Porsche 904 GTS

 

The Harrison Collection – The ex-Peter Gregg / Brumos Porsche1964 – Porsche 904 GTS

14 March 2012 – This Fabulous rebuilt, fast and historic 1964 Porsche 904 GTS has been made available for sale by Maxted-Page as part of the Harrison Porsche Collection.

Which comes fully race-prepared, complete with a set of spare wheels, FIA HTP paperwork, Monaco road registration and a comprehensively documented history file.at Maxted-Page.

Read on for the official word and the car’s full racing history from Maxted-Page, and head to their website here for more.

Chassis #904 068

The 904 GTS was launched in 1964 as a successor to the 1957-introduced type 718 model, which had been previously been campaigned by both the factory and privateers worldwide, essentially as an aluminium-bodied open-cockpit sports-racing spyder, constructed on a tubular space frame.

The new 904 GTS – a mid-engined two-seater coupe – would have neither a tubular space-frame nor an aluminium body and represented a completely new design phase. In an effort to reduce production costs and build a minimum of 100 cars in order to homologate the 904 into the Grand Touring Class, the 904 was constructed from a box-section steel chassis and a fibreglass body, realised by the Heinkel Fleugzeugbau aircraft company who had spare capacity at the time.

One hundred and sixteen cars were built, mostly powered by a 180hp 2.0 litre 4-cylinder four-cam engine originally designed by Ernst Fuhmann in the 1950s. Towards the end of 904 production, however, a small batch of cars were also homologated and fitted with a 6-cylinder (2.0 911-derived) engine with twin triple-choke Weber carburettors and twin-plug ignition, thus raising the power output to nearer 210hp.

The race prepared 904 GTS weighed just 655 kgs and through 1964-65 achieved considerable international competition success at everything from hill climbs and the Monte Carlo Rally right up to the World Sporstcar Championship and long distance 24-hour endurance races.

Chassis 904 068

A well-known Porsche 904 which raced in the Americas during the mid-1960s. This beautifully re-built and well-documented 904 GTS was supplied new in June 1964 via Brumos in Jacksonville/Florida, USA to Bruce Jones Jr. of Macon, Georgia finished in Silbermetallic with Blau Velour interior.

Bruce Jones Jr. covered just 5788kms before the car was returned to Brumos to be prepared for future, famed Porsche racer Peter Gregg to drive.

Gregg would become the owner of Brumos Porschein August 1965 and began to race ‘068’ extensively in the US and Bahamas between 1964-66. Latterly teaming up with co-driver George Drolsom in 1966, the pair finished 3rd in class with ‘068’ in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour race.

904 068 – Competition history with Brumos Porsche

Date

Race

Driver

Result

Sept 1964

Daytona (National Race)

Peter Gregg

Nov 1964

Nassau Tourist Trophy

Peter Gregg

12th

Dec 1964

Nassau Governors Trophy

Peter Gregg

12th

Feb 1965

Daytona Continental 2000 kms

Peter Gregg / George Barber

8th (2nd in class)

Apr 1965

Pensacola USRRC

Peter Gregg

DNF

May 1965

Bridgehampton Vanderbilt Cup

Peter Gregg

DNF

Jun 1965

Osceola (Florida) SCCA

Peter Gregg

1st

Sept 1965

Daytona SCCA National

Peter Gregg

2nd

Sept 1965

Daytona SCCA National

Peter Gregg

2nd

Sept 1965

Daytona – Paul Whiteman Trophy

Peter Gregg

DNF

Nov 1965

Nassau Tourist Trophy

Peter Gregg

2nd (1st in class)

Dec 1965

Nassau Trophy

Peter Gregg

11th (2nd in class)

Feb 1966

Daytona 24 hrs

Peter Gregg / George Drolsom

10th (3rd in class)

Following the 1966 Daytona 24hrs, Brumos sold ‘068’ to the father of a young, amateur racer from Jacksonville named Bill Hall. Soon after, however, Hall unfortunately had a tragic accident racing the 904 at an SCCA race in Savannah, Georgia and the car was split in half. The wreck was returned to Brumos where it remained un-repaired.

In 1971 the remains were sold on to fellow Porsche racer and US Porsche Distributor, Vasek Polak. In 1972, it is known that parts of the suspension were removed and used by Dieter Inzenhofer, Polak’s chief mechanic, to rebuild 904-064, but the rest of ‘068’ was untouched and remained in storage in Polak’s warehouse for the next 25 years.

By the late nineties, Polak had started to discuss rebuilding the car and sent it to US Porsche restoration specialist Kevin Jeanette of Gunnar Racing, Florida but passed away in 1997 just before the project started. However, through Jeanette in 2000, ‘068’ was sold to Michael Robottom of Jersey who commissioned Jeanette to completely rebuild the car as Polak had intended.

A lengthy, multi-year restoration followed with meticulous attention paid to every detail before ‘068’ was finally completed in 2009 and fitted with a newly-built (2.0 litre 6-cylinder twin-plug) race engine and correct 904 gearbox. Upon completion, the car was exhibited at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and won the trophy for ‘Best Race Car

In 2010, ‘068’ was shipped and imported into the UK by Michael Robottom, whereupon it was UK road-registered and import duties paid. It was then acquired, via ourselves, by the Harrison collection and fully prepared for historic competition use by our sister company, Maxted-Page & Prill Ltd.

The car was entered and raced by Gerald and Chloe Harrison in the competition category of the 2011 Tour Auto later in the same year raced in the 2011 Spa 6 hours endurance race.

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News Update:

Recently the 904 featured in the 2011 Spa Six Hour endurance pre-1965 Touring and GT race where it performed faultlessly throughout.

Click here for a race report featured on the sister site Maxted-Page and Prill, and to see some in car footage from the day follow this link: www.youtube.com/904

Download .pdf file with additional information

Via Maxted-Page

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1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder sold for $4.4 million most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction in the world

Led by the Record-Breaking $4.4 million Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, Gooding & Company Realizes an Outstanding $36 million Amelia Island Auction

The top-selling lot of the weekend in Amelia Island, the $4.4 million 1973 Porsche 917 Can-Am Spyder Sets a Double Record for a Porsche and a 917 at Auction. Ten Cars Sold for More Than $1 Million Each Eleven World Records Realized with 91% Sold

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (March 10, 2012) – Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce more than $36 million in sales from 70 out of 77 lots sold at its Amelia Island Auction, more than doubling its results from 2010 and establishing a new auction record for Amelia Island.

Actual final dollar sale listing from Gooding & Co!

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Led by many extraordinary Porsche racing cars that were part of the Drendel Family Collection, 11 world records were achieved. The top-selling lot of the Amelia Island weekend, the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder sold for $4.4 million and is now the most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction in the world.

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President and founder David Gooding and Auctioneer Charlie Ross entertained guests throughout the day’s many auction highlights which included lively bidding wars, more than ten individual sales over a million dollars and a surprise stage appearance by Derek Bell. The world-renowned race car driver introduced the significant 1984 Porsche 962, which he piloted in one of the most competitive races in Daytona history.

In addition to the 17 exceptional Drendel Family Collection Porsches that sold for more than $17.7million. Gooding & Company auctioned off a wide variety of unique collector cars, such as the 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder that sold for $3.685 million, the 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe that sold for $1.375 million and the 1948 Tucker 48 that sold for $1.32 million.

“We are extremely pleased with our $36 million auction results, as it underscores the continued strength at the top of the collector car market,” says David Gooding, President and founder. “I’m proud of ourteam, delighted for our clients and I believe we managed to raise the bar this weekend on many levels.”

In response to the successful results, Charlie Ross, Gooding & Company’s acclaimed auctioneer said,

“Yet again, our Amelia Island Auction proved that, if you have the best, the sky is the limit!”

Gooding & Company realized 11 outstanding world records yesterday, listed as follows:
• The 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder (lot 57) at $4,400,000,
a double world auction record for a Porsche and a 917.
• The 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder (lot 15) at $3,685,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 550 Spyder.
• The 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 (lot 55) at $3,245,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 911.
• The 1976 Porsche 935/76 (lot 47) at $2,530,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 935.
• The 1984 Porsche 962 (lot 53) at $1,925,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 962.
• The 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution (lot 49) at $1,265,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 911 GT1.
• The 1967 Porsche 906E (lot 69) at $1,001,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 906.
• The 1976 Porsche 934 (lot 51) at $891,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 934.
• The 1980 Porsche 924 GTP (lot 48) at $385,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 924.
• The 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS (lot 60) at $346,500,
a world auction record for a Porsche 968.
• The 1981 Porsche 944 GTP (lot 58) at $308,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 944.

Gooding & Company’s top ten results from Friday’s auction are as follows:
• 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder at $4,400,000 (lot 57)
• 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder at $3,685,000 (lot 15)
• 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 at $3,245,000 (lot 55)
• 1976 Porsche 935/76 at $2,530,000 (lot 47)
• 1984 Porsche 962 at $1,925,000 (lot 53)
• 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe at $1,375,000 (lot 71)
• 1948 Tucker 48 at $1,320,000 (lot 78)
• 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution at $1,265,000 (lot 49)
• 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider at $1,001,000 (lot 33)
• 1967 Porsche 906E at $1,001,000 (lot 69)
*Prices are in US Dollars, including buyer’s premium. Gooding & Company is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.

A complete list of prices realized is posted on Goodingco.com following every auction.
Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction $36 Million Results

About Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management.

In the past two years, Gooding & Company hasrealized the most prestigious automotive records in the world  for a Car Sold at Auction with the iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype at $16.39 million, an American Car at Auction with the 1931 Whittell Coupe Duesenberg Model J at $10.34 million, and the undisclosed private treaty sale of the world’s Most Valuable Car with the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.

The auction house ignited 2012 when it achieved extraordinary results at its annual Scottsdale Auctions in January with more than $39.8 million in sales and 98% sold.

Renowned for its annual standing as the official auction house for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company will return to Pebble Beach, California on August 18 & 19, 2012.

About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Beginning a new chapter in its nearly 40-year heritage, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is undergoing an extensive re-imagination project.

As Florida’s award-winning island destination, the resort is recognized for offering a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature, rich in recreational activities.

The certified Green Lodging Destination is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, lush marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway, located just north of Jacksonville, Fla.

The property sits on three-and-a-half miles of wide, uncrowded beaches and includes 49,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 54 holes of championship golf; 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts; award-winning recreation programs; a shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and gift shops as well as the nature-inspired signature spa; a state-of-the-art fitness center; nine culinary options ranging from casual to fine dining; kids camps; and numerous activities for adventurers including water sports, horseback riding, walking, hiking and Segway tours.

With 249 guest rooms in the oceanfront resort, the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation Resort offer 300 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with ocean, golf or resort views.

For more information, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.

Source: Gooding & Company
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Gooding & Company
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Porsche returns to Forza Motorsport 4 – Arrives on Xbox LIVE May 22nd, 2012

Start your engines!

One of the most talked-about drawbacks to Forza Motorsport 4 upon it’s release was the lack of Porsche, a brand that has been apart of the franchise since its inception in 2005.

The first look at the Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack, which will arrive on Xbox LIVE on May 22, featuring content and gameplay experiences solely dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic automotive brands.

Porsche Expansion Pack  Announcement

Forza Motorsport – March 5, 2012 – by BRIAN EKBERG

This is the kind of news that deserves to be shouted from the rooftops:

Porsche is returning to Forza Motorsport!

Today we’re unveiling the first look at the Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack, which will arrive on Xbox LIVE on May 22, featuring content and gameplay experiences solely dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic automotive brands.

First up, the cars. The Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack will feature 30 incredible Porsche models for you to collect, drive, and customize, including two models announced today: the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic and the 2010 Porsche Boxster S. Seven of the 30 Porsche models that will be featured in the Porsche Expansion Pack are brand new to the Forza franchise—look for more car details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The Porsche Expansion Pack is more than just cars, however. The pack will also feature 20 brand new Porsche-centric events to be added to your Forza 4 career, as well as 10 new Xbox LIVE Achievements (worth a total of 250 Gamerscore points) all centered around Porsche.  In addition, players can expect to see Porsche models in the AI field when racing in events, as well as integrated into Forza 4’s level reward structure.

Upon the release of the Porsche Expansion Pack, fans can expect Porsche-themed Rivals Mode events and new online multiplayer hoppers dedicated to the dozens of Porsche models in the pack. In short, our goal is to deliver the most comprehensive and fun Porsche experience available in any racing game today!

Now, thanks to a new agreement, the marque is back in Forza Motorsport 4 and it’s returning after the short hiatus in grand fashion.

Releasing this May, the Porsche Expansion Pack brings with it 30 vehicles; 23 of which are returning from Forza Motorsport 3, and 7 are all-new to the franchise.

It doesn’t end there, oh no, it also brings with it 20 brand-new Porsche-centric events, 10 new achievements totaling at 250 Gamerscore, and a wealth of online integration as well.

It will be available on said date at 1600 Microsoft Points ($20 USD).

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VIDEOS: PORSCHE EXCELLENCE MAGAZINE PORSCHE 904 GTS PHOTO SHOOT AND STORY

From Porsche Excellence Magazine photo shoot  Sept 2010 issue, feature story

” 904 Driver “.

1964 Carrera Chassis #0028 – 2.0 Porsche 904 GTS (Gerhard Koch) 7th (2nd in class)  [chassis 904 028]

You will see some original sketches done in the early 70’s by the owner in the opening part of video one of the three part videos, along with the exhaust notes coming from the early six cylinder.

You will see Dave Conklin of Porsche Excellence as he goes through his photo shoot and sets up the 904 in different locations.

You will also see the 904 with racing history in motion with the great sounding exhaust note.

Some 904 photos taken during the Porsche Excellence Photo Shoot, in between the filming.

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Source: Photos & videos by Nick Moskatow Carrera GTS Club

“904 Driver”  Story

A cage-free 904 that’s been on the road since 1972.

Story and Photos by David Conklin

Wow, a 904! ….Is that one of those new kits?” asked the soccer dad leaning out of his “soccer van.” Alex Pollock stepped towards him and replied, “No, that’s the real thing.” “Really? I never thought I would see one of those in Detroit,” said the soccer dad, before dropping his van into gear and slowly pulling away, still glancing back at the diminutive silver racer.

For my part, I’m not sure what’s more out of the ordinary: a 904 in the heart of Detroit or a casual observer in Detroit recognizing it! Detroit is, after all, the home of the Big Three, muscle cars, and rust. While some designers at the domestic automakers indulged themselves with European exotica, “little foreign jobs” weren’t really looked upon kindly here. That was especially true in 1972, when Alex purchased his 904.

Alex’s love affair with Porsche’s first fiberglass flier had started several years earlier and hundreds of miles south of the Motor City — when he was a student at the Uni­versity of Florida with a passion for sports-car racing. He went to Day­tona and Sebring every chance he got. He watched George Follmer win the GT class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in a 904, and promptly fell in love with the car. Away from the track, he purchased a plastic model kit of a 904 and decided that, one day, he would own the real thing.

Once he had graduated from college and was making a good living as an engineer, Alex bought a used 1967 911. He couldn’t shake his hankering for a 904, but as things turned out, the path from plastic model to plastic Porsche was a relatively short one — albeit one punctuated by a move to Detroit and a wedding.

In time, Alex placed a want ad in Hem­mings Motor News to see what might surface. Not long after, his phone rang. Uwe Buehl was on the other end, saying that on his lot in Pennsylvania was a 904, white with blue trim and equipped with a four-cam engine that would fit both expectation and budget. It was 904-028, and by 1972 it wasn’t much more than an old, used-up race car. In fact, Alex says he was young and impetuous, and that he should have looked the car over more carefully, calling its condition at the time “tortured.”

The 904 had earned its scars. Its first several years were spent on the racing circuits of Europe. First delivered to Ger­hard Koch in Germany, 028 competed in and typically won the GT class in regional Flug­platz­rennen (airfield races) in 1964. More noteworthy were a second-place finish in the 500 kilometers of Spa in May and a series of class wins at the Nür­burgring, the GP de Paris, and the GP Angola.

With a works ride for 1965, Koch sold 904-028 to Rainer Ising of Munich. Ising and Bernd Deg­ner piloted the car to a significant victory that year: the GT class win in the 84-hour Marathon de la Route at the Nür­burgring.

In 1966, the Porsche was brought into the U.S. by Uwe Buehl for yet another new owner, Roger Neuman in Pennsylvania. He kept 904-028 for only one year before selling it to fellow Penn­sylvanian Dieter Oest, who campaigned it throughout the 1967 season before replacing it with another 904.  Continue reading <<<here>>>

 

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Gullwing America P/904 Carrera a 1960s modern day classic retro project car

Specialty coachworks firm Gullwing-America latest retro project car, the P/904 Carrera.

A throwback to the Porsche Carrera 904 GTS from the mid 1960s, the P/904 resembles a modern day re-interpretation of the mid-engine Porsche race car.

Porsche 904, officially known as Carrera GTS is usually on display at the Porsche museum, but as we can see from the video above it does get back to the track once in a while. This time with a legendary driver Walter Röhrl who beautifully shows us a how to handle this 1964 Carrera (904) GTS on the track.

The first prototype will utilize the platform from a 987 Porsche Boxster (2005 – 2011) and will provide all the necessary modern amenities and controls such as the instrument panel, air conditioning, LED lights, iPod docking station, navigation system, steering wheel and seats but with the retro look of the original.

The prototype will also retain the 6-speed manual transmission and 3.4-liter boxer engine with 295HP (217kW / 291bhp) as well as power steering and ABS among other modern basics. A sport tuned exhaust will give it that racecar sound and the adjustable suspension will provide the dynamic handling and ride height.

The exterior body of the P/904 will be constructed of composite material and will be complemented by GWA’s custom-designed 5 spoke wheels in 18×8 size at the front and 18×10 in the rear.

The estimated cost of the conversion is approximately 70,000 euros. This does not include any additional customization or the donor Boxster, which can be purchased in RHD if required.

 

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SAVE THE DATE: URQ Pikes Peak International Hillclimb meet Walter Röhrl — 25th Anniversary July 2012 — 90th Race to the Clouds

July 8th, 2012 will mark the twenty-five year anniversary win of “perhaps” the greatest rally driver of all time—Walter Röhrl. And in recent years, he has been retained as the senior test driver for Porsche road cars

According to Facebook Tim Maskus Motorgeek.com Forum, and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site) on Facebook ….Audi has just confirmed Walter Rohrl will be attending this years Pikes Peak Hill Climb as a VIP guest.

It is the 25th Aniversary of his record winning run up the Hill. This is great news . Walter Rohrl will be part of this years PPIHC.

Save the date, July 8th, 2012 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb—90th Race to the Clouds.

More Information Here from PPIHC as it comes in, stay tuned.

Cool and collected, Röhrl piloted an Audi sport quattro S1 up the world’s highest highway in record time of 10:47.85 minutes.

Walter Röhrl triumphed at Pikes Peak 25 years ago

* Convincing victory in 1987 in Colorado with Sport quattro S1
* 19.99 kilometres, 156 corners, with over 600 bhp
* Audi won the famous hill-climb race three years running

Of the many rally victories recorded by Audi in the 1980s, the last one was particularly memorable: 25 years ago, on 11 July 1987, Walter Röhrl and his Audi Sport quattro S1 won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the US state of Colorado.

Walter Röhrl and Audi, the best driver and the most successful rallying team at that time, enjoyed a close and always extremely intensive relationship. Röhrl, the world champion of 1980 and 1982, had joined the Ingolstadt team in 1984 at a time when the brand with the four rings dominated the entire rallying scene.

The permanent four-wheel drive system left the rear-wheel-drive competitor vehicles with no chance whatsoever. A mere two years after first testing the Audi quattro at the end of 1980, Audi had already clinched the manufacturers’ world title. The Finn Hannu Mikkola won the drivers’ world championship in 1983, and in the following year Audi took both titles, with Stig Blomqvist from Sweden topping the drivers’ rankings.

Walter Röhrl was emotional and happy following his victory, and seemed close to tears. He later stated:

“All I can say is that it was great to take part. It was crazy, but often it is in fact the crazy things which are the best in life. It was the very pinnacle of what can be done with a rally car.”

To commemorate this victory, ACNA members will gather at the starting line to watch as racers rev their engines, embracing the mighty challenge as they quest for victory, just as Walter did 25 years ago…..http://forums.quattroworld.com/quattro/msgs/6277.phtml

Stay with the video, for the most part not in English..but great video and music to your ears!

It’s a gathering of like-minded Audi enthusiasts that will share a spirit of adventure as they gather for the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb–Race to the Clouds.

About Walter Röhrl:

Walter Röhrl (born 7 March 1947 in Regensburg) is a German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for FiatOpelLancia and Audi as well asPorscheFord and BMW.

At the age of 16, Röhrl began working for the commercial director of a company that legally represented the Bishop of Regensburg along with 6 further Bishops in Bavaria, and skiied in his spare time. In time he became a qualified ski instructor and a keen driver, and became the chauffer to the commercial director, covering up to 120,000 kilometres annually. Some unqualified reports have stated he was once the Bishop’s own driver, but this has been acknowledged as untrue. Having also now been active in sports like skiing, Röhrl was invited to drive his first rally in 1968.

Röhrl was a World Rally Championship favorite throughout the 1970s and 1980s, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times with four different marques. His co-driver for many years was Christian Geistdörfer. His Fiat 131 Abarth carried him to the 1980 title, clinched with his victory in that year’s San Remo rally, but it was arguably his equivalent success in 1982 that impressed most of all, with Röhrl fending off audacious four-wheel drive opposition, led by Audi‘s resurgent Michèle Mouton, to take the title, by virtue of consistency, in his increasingly outmoded rear-drive Opel Ascona 400. It was also during this time that he won the African Rally Championship, in 1982.

In 1983, he joined Lancia to pilot the new, rear-wheel drive Lancia 037, before finally changing his machinery, in 1984, to the four-wheel drive Audi Quattro, an automobile actually incidentally produced in his home state of Bavaria.

Despite being selective in his choice of top-level events, albeit during a time when this was a less unusual occurrence for top-line drivers in the championship, he still scored 14 WRC victories in his career.

Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and called “Genius on Wheels” by Niki Lauda. In the 1992 24 Hours Nürburgring race which saw fog and heavy rain in the night, he hardly slowed down, anticipating the corners by timing. The race was nevertheless interrupted for hours.

Best rally driver of all time

In Italy, a jury selected 100 motor sports experts from around the world named Walter Röhrl as “the best rally driver of all time.”
Here are the standings table from the magazine “Rally-Sprint” (anno numero 3 1/2):

In Italy, he was elected “Rallye driver of the century”. In France he was elected “Rallye driver of the millennium” in November 2000.

In recent years, he has been retained as the senior test driver for Porsche road cars, famously setting quick laptimes for them testing round the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, for example with the Porsche Carrera GT.

Röhrl was expected to make his competitive return to the Nürburgring 24 hour race in 2010 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. However, he was forced to withdraw from the event due to a back injury. It was to be his first 24 hour race in 17 years, since his last start in 1993.

Source: Facebook Tim Maskus Motorgeek.com Forum, and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site)

Walter Röhrl – Flash-Intro

www.roehrl-walter.de/

 

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VIDEOS: PORSCHE CAMP4 Ice Drifting in a Brand New Porsches 2012

 Hot cars on ice!

Drivers flex winter driving muscles in redesigned 2012 Porsche 911

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

“Driving on ice requires very little input from the steering wheel and a lot of input from the accelerator pedal

Drifting sideways in the all-new Porsche 911 Carrera S is a great feeling.

It’s Porsche Camp4.  30 Pfaff Porsche enthusiasts about to learn all about oversteer and understeer on ice–in brand new Porsches.

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

For the uninitiated, Kai, the German Porsche Factory driver, explains the differences between oversteer and understeer.

“Ven you understeer, you zee vot you hit. Ven you oversteer, you hear vot you hit.”

Kai,the German Porsche Factory driver explains that a car handles on ice just as it does on tarmac.

The difference is that you reach the limits of adhesion on tarmac at speeds in excess of 150 km/hr. On ice you reach those same limits at 30 km/hr.

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

Professional driving instructors coach you the entire day. Drive around racecourses carved from ice, swinging cars through slaloms, learning how to drift in large circles on a skid pan.

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

Driving on ice requires very little input from the steering wheel and a lot of input from the accelerator pedal. When you get it right, you are effectively swinging the car sideways from corner to corner, like the pendulum on an old grandfather clock, in a constant state of oversteer.

The drivers spin out of control more times than one would care to admit, as the instructors stand at the corner exits laughing and doing pirouettes like clumsy ballerinas as drivers slide around the course.

What a blissful day for everyone left smiling. A great way to make fast friends who share a unique understanding of how Porsche cars behaved when driven to the limit.

 

SOURCE: Andrew Taylor @ pfaffleasing.com.

 

 
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