Every once in a long while the history of the beloved and storied Porsche automobile has been eloquently captured in the pages of large coffee table books, posters, and calendars. On Friday March 4th Motorbooks Inc. released one of the most impressive historical perspectives and richest pictorials of Porsche in the book, Porsche: A History of Excellence. This newly Spotted book is authored by RandyLeffingwell, the best-selling Motorbooks author and extraordinary photographer, who has earned a reputation as one of the most diligent and renown Porsche authorities today. Randy dedicates the book to Porsche spokesman Bob Carlson, praising him as both a friend and “a colleague whom I deeply respect. He has supported encouraged, and aided my book efforts immeasurably for two decades,” according to Leffingwell. According to the release information we received, this book was important to publish because no other sports car has had a run like Porsche’s on the street or on the world’s racetracks. The Spotted 9s team’s experience with the book has been extremely enlightening as we go about the important work of chronicling and identifying vehicles we spot across the digital landscape, and throughout the towns, cities and countries around the world. Chapter one, as an example, delivers a joyfully biased overview of the Volkswagen roots of the Porsche origin. While chapters two through six are dedicated to the rich Porsche automotive racing heritage.
The book is broken down in chronological order, with each chapter teaching us something new about critical milestones leading up to today’s grand Porsche legacy. Chapter seven highlights takes the reader from 1970 to 1976 as the journey of the next generation began, which included the mid-engine mounted 914 Roadster. With twenty full-length chapters of Porsche history in text and photographs, this richly illustrated volume released on March 4th, 2011, tells a very complete story of the fabled Porsche marque. The renowned automotive writer, photographer and Porsche aficionado Leffingwell focuses his lens on each important model from the first 356 to today’s Cayman and 911. His pictures, in-depth analyses of each car, and interviews with key personnel all serve to comprise a comprehensive, compelling and often revealing history of the world’s premier name in sports cars. The book retails for $30 and is also available on Amazon.com.
As Spotted by the WorldCarFans.com team and Spotted9s, these images of the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) are among the most sought after images relating to spied images of the 2012 model. While this vehicle carries on the tradition of the 911, it calls for a definite upgrade to the numbers you call out in an emergency. That’s why for this spotting…somebody call 9-9-1!
From what you’ve read and seen about the 2012 911, do you think Porsche is getting better with age or straying too far from the formula?
Happy Halloween From the crew here at Spotted9s!
Despite the 2010 Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays being over, the team has continued to turn in supercharged sightings of the speeding pumpkins, better known as the Orgasmic Orange colored 911s. Take your pick by trim or era. Which ever way you choose to go fast in Orange, the Porsche force will always be with you.
Spotted on a mid-western pre-driven exotic cars lot, this 2007 Guards Red Porsche 911 GT gives off a ridiculous and rambunctious vibe as it poses on the lot for our spotted 9s’ camera. It was saying buy me…buy me, but alas, the best we could do was feature it among this week’s Spotted 9s sightings.
From our friends at TheChive.com comes this test track spy photo of the Porsche GT Mirage. As we rubbed our eyes and waited for the ‘kick’ to determine whether or not we were experiencing an Inception , we quickly realized that this spotting of the Porsche Mirage GT was indeed real and we had to share it with you, the Spotted 9’s readers. Sorry, but you’ll have to determine on your own how to incorporate this concept machine from Porsche into your dreams – or into your own reality. See more images of this magnificent machine at TheChive.com. Experience it now in the video below.
Would you know what to do with yourself in a room full of Porsche 911’s, especially if the keys were left in the ignition of each one? We spotted this varied array of our favored 9’s from a top secret overhead spy cam of a warehouse whose location has yet to be disclosed. Just know that the Spotted 9’s team will go to the ends of the earth to get you the most interesting gallery of 911s you’ll ever find.
Somewhere in the construed lines of light and color emerges the beauty of a black 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo, spotted traveling at high speeds west on Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago.
A Spotted blast from the past, this classic Porsche 356 stars in a photo shoot on a northern California beach appropriately accented with a hollywood starlet posing as a hood ornament. While a Porsche 9xx never made the co-starring role in a James Bond film, this sighting is reminiscent of a scene from almost any Bond movie with a blonde, an exotic sports car and a beach.
Why anyone would see a 9 and paint it gold (and possibly with gold) is beyond any of us a Spotted 9s; however, the folks at AllTop.com spotted this obscenity and we just couldn’t resist sharing it. This may have been a bit more palatable if the brick paver pattern were not present…naw, not even then.