Porsche Showcases Special Cars at Monterey Historic Automobile Races
At the upcoming 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca on August 14-16, the sound of the initial stirrings of over 450 race cars will be
complimented by the exquisite growl of the newest, most daring and most advanced vehicle
Porsche has produced to date, the 2010 Porsche Panamera gran turismo.
“This year’s Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presents the perfect opportunity to
demonstrate that Porsche’s DNA, its competitive spirit and drive for perfection, runs from
the very first 356, Porsche No. 1 up through today’s all-new Panamera,” said Detlev von
Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.
“We at Porsche are deeply honored to have been named the ‘featured marque’ on this, the
61st anniversary of the very first Porsche and the North American debut of the Panamera,
the very latest Porsche,” added von Platen.
In addition to the 145 Porsche racers already entered by their owners, or one-third of the
450-plus field, Porsche will showcase the Panamera on the world-famous race track and will
also provide display vehicles on site.
Along with the North American debut of the 2010 Panamera, four special cars with
significant American connections will also be on site — all on loan from the new Porsche
Museum in Germany:
The 1960 Porsche Type 718 Formula 2 racing car, which gave Porsche its first Formula 2 world
title and was driven in 1961 by Californian Dan Gurney, is making its North American debut.
The 1962 Porsche Type 804 Formula 1 racer, which was the car that brought Gurney to his
French Grand Prix win that year. This car has not been in North America since the 1960s.
The 1962 Porsche Type 718 W-RS 8-cylinder Spyder, in which Gurney and Joakim Bonnier
finished second at the Targa Florio in 1961, has also not been in North America for more
than 40 years. In the 1960s, it was raced in the U.S. by Gurney, Bonnier and Phil Hill.
The Porsche GT1 98LM, which helped Porsche finish 1-2 at the 1998 24-hours of Le Mans event.
Porsche-sponsored activities for the fans at Laguna will include a heritage display
including former and current race cars, Porsche’s current showroom product line, and
experts to answer Porsche questions. Porsche Motorsport North America, the racing arm of
Porsche in the U.S., will also showcase its engine and chassis services for both
professional and club/vintage racing, while the Porsche Club of America expects to have
more than 400 Porsches in its club corral and will parade all its cars on the Mazda Raceway
About Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of
Porsche sports cars and sport utility vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned,
indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. Approximately 200 PCNA employees provide
Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 202 dealers. The dealers,
in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 61-year history,
Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved
safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company
continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories
dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than
28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world’s most successful marque in sports car
racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports
cars, the high performance Cayenne sport utility vehicles and soon the Panamera gran turismo
for the U.S., strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction
synonymous with its brand.
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