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PORSCHE CELEBRATES MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES AT MONTEREY HISTORIC AUTOMOBILE RACES

 RENO, Nev., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche will commemorate two significant anniversaries from its illustrious past during the 20th Annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca Raceway on Aug. 20-22. The 1993 edition of the prestigious gathering of notable motorcars held on Northern California's beautiful Monterey Peninsula will highlight both the 30th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 and 20th Anniversary of the SCCA Can-Am Championship for the Porsche 917-30.
 The 30-year tribute to the famed Porsche 911 will include a distinctive 911 paddock display and a special 911 parade lap of the 2.214-mile Laguna Seca road course. More than 50 cars representing virtually every 911 model and model year are expected to participate in these two events.
 To honor the legendary Porsche Can-Am Champion, the Porsche factory has entered its famous 917-30 from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, in the Monterey Historic Can-Am race. Two-time World Sports Car Champion Hans Stuck is scheduled to drive the celebrated car in the Aug. 22 event.
 Porsche first introduced the 911 at the 1963 Frankfurt Automobile Salon. The model has undergone numerous changes since then, but the body shape, drawn by Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche, has become a timeless benchmark of sports car design. The 911 is a universally acknowledged "dream car" on public roads as well as the most successful model in the history of international sports car racing and rallying. It has pioneered reliable turbocharging for street use and, with the Porsche 911 Carrera 4, probed the limits of all-wheel-drive sports car performance.
 Since its introduction, more than 350,000 Porsche 911s have been built in a wide variety of configurations ranging from the first 911 to the futuristic 959. Remarkably, nearly 80 percent of these vehicles are still on the road today.
 In its day, the Porsche 917-30 was recognized as the most powerful road racing car in the world. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder, air-cooled engine developing 1,100 h.p., the 917-30 was perhaps the most spectacular car in the history of the SCCA Can-Am Series. In its only year of Can-Am competition, the late Mark Donohue won six of eight races with the model including the Laguna Seca event. The car entered at Monterey this year is the same 917-30 Donohue drove to the 1973 Can-Am title. It is painted in the identical blue and yellow Sunoco colors of Penske Racing.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Carlson, manager of public relations for Porsche Cars North America, 702-348-3707/


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