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Porsche Marks 50th With Special Edition

Venerable 911 stands the test of time with small changes.

by on Sep.12, 2013

The Porsche 901 became the iconic 911 after the maker changed the name to avoid a fight with Renault in 1963.

Even the venerable Model T lasted barely two decades in production despite the stubbornness of Henry Ford. The number of vehicles that have made it to the half-century mark can be counted on one hand. So, it’s not surprising the folks at Porsche are in the mood for a celebration this week.

The German maker’s iconic 911 sports car made its debut exactly 50 years ago on the stands at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and Porsche is marking the occasion by introducing a special anniversary edition at this year’s car show, with a limited run of just 1963 to honor the year the 911 made its debut.

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What’s particularly unusual about the sports car’s longevity is the fact that despite all the changes that have been made under the skin, as well as to the interior, today’s Porsche 911 maintains the same basic exterior profile of the original. (more…)

In Remembrance, a Decade Passed Too Quickly

America and the world remember 9/11.

by on Sep.11, 2011

There are those moments that we all remember in life, perhaps the birth or death of a loved one, a victory, a defeat.  Occasionally, these are memories shared with family and friends.  Today is one we share with the world.

I doubt anyone can forget the exact time and place when they first heard about what happened in New York City that morning exactly 10 years ago.  A friend’s wife was in the Towers, trapped in an elevator when the first plane hit the building and cut its cable.  She and the strangers jammed in beside her were able to pry open the doors smash through a wall and escape, just barely, as the first building fell behind them.

I experienced nothing so horrific.  But it is nonetheless a memory that will be forever etched in my mind.  I had just finished an interview at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show when I was told by a PR person from Saab that something had happened in New York.  The first word reaching Europe was garbled.  Two planes had collided over Manhattan and then fallen on the towers.  But minutes later, when I reached my next destination I was told the more frightening truth: two planes had been flown intentionally into the Twin Towers and by then the first had collapsed.  Moments later, someone screamed from nearby as they watched the second collapse on a TV monitor.


Sneak Peak: The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3

More horsepower is always better says Porsche.

by on Feb.19, 2009

The latest verson of the 911 GT3 debuts in Geneva.

The latest verson of the 911 GT3 debuts in Geneva.

Porsche will reveal the 2010 version of 911 GT3 at the Geneva International Auto Show next week. What’s called a “lightweight,” 435-horsepower next generation 911 GT3 has a larger 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine with an enhanced VarioCam system, larger yet lighter brakes, and new one-piece center lock wheels, all of which are said to boost performance over the previous model. Asking price is expected to be more than $112,200 of the current version.