Porsche Makes Commitment to Keep Classic Racers on Track
When the term “classic car” comes to mind, most people are inclined to think of a pristine, sparkling, chrome-laden garage queen that spends the vast majority of its time parked under lock-and-key in safe, covered confines. However, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) hopes to change all that by ensuring that their classic racecars do what they were originally built to do – attack curves and blast down straights.
The group announced last week that it would expand its racing services from present-day Porsche race teams to owners and collectors of classic Porsche racecars in the United States. Porsche made the announcement at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. The setting provided the perfect backdrop for the announcement, as the event has become synonymous with classic and historic car racing.
The new historic motorsports department will work closely with the historic motorsports operation that’s being established with Porsche’s head motorsports division in Weissach, Germany. The PMNA operation will be an industry first by not only offering restoration services for classic Porsche racing cars, but also storage and maintenance services for the same cars when they are not in use. The group claims that classic racecar owners will be able to store their cars in what the company calls a “museum-like” atmosphere. On top of servicing cars in between races, the company will even provide race day preparation and testing before each race event.
To kick things off, the new department will begin with its most particular client by restoring vintage competition cars owned by the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, that are not currently on display. After restoring and track-prepping the vehicles, Porsche plans on entering many of them in popular vintage racing events around the world, like the LeMans Classic.
The center will be located in Porsche Motorsport North America’s headquarters, which is currently being relocated to Carson, Calif. The brand is also building its West Coast Experience Center. That facility will lie just minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport and feature Porsche’s newest Experience Center, which includes a three-mile long test track with a handling course, an off-road area, and surfaces that can replicate wet, icy, or snowy conditions. The Experience Center will include traditional track driving instruction for Porsche owners and fans as well, and will even offer programs that target real-world driving. Whether you are a current Porsche owner, or just a fan of vintage race cars, the center promises to be a mecca for Porsche enthusiasts of all types.