Porsche fans the world over look forward every year to the annual L.A. Lit Show. This internationally popular event focusing on the offerings and sales of all things Porsche is presented usually on every first Saturday of the month of March at the Airport Hilton in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Airport Hilton is adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The name of the annual L.A. Lit Show is short for both the L.A. Lit and Toy Meet Show, as well as the L.A. Porsche and Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet Show.
As these alternate appellations suggest, shoppers can browse among tables and tables and tables laden with Porsche and VW literature, toys, and memorabilia – and so much, much more related mostly to the marque of Porsche and all of its vehicles.
In fact, there are so many goods, wares and trinkets presented yearly that the Show overflows into not only one but two ballrooms at the Airport Hilton. Vendors display all of their goodies from 7 a.m. for Early Bird hunters and gatherers, while the general public is admitted around 9 a.m.
The Show usually winds down around 1 or 2 or so in the afternoon. At that time, shoppers then head out to points mostly south to Orange County, where independent Porsche shops, vendors and re-sellers hold Open Houses for the annual L.A. Lit Show attendees in what is known at the L.A. Lit Weekend festivities. It has since become a longtime tradition.
The annual L.A. Lit Show was conceived and started over three decades ago by PCAers and Porschephiles Prescott Kelley, Wayne Callaway and Jim Perrin. Now, though, it is operated under the auspices of venerable Stoddard NLA, one of the largest players in the global Porsche-specific restoration market. Stoddard NLA took over running of the show in 2017.
If you happen (or plan) to be in the neighborhood of Southern California, USA, during March of any year, you have to check out the annual L.A. Lit Show. I’ll see you there!
How buying a new Porsche can save you money could be easier than you think. It’s just a mandatory matter of discretionary options, options, options.
Essentially, just the act itself of buying a new Porsche can save you money – or so purports an unattributed article in Excellence magazine’s 2017-2018 Edition of its Porsche Buyer’s Guide.
Is a New Porsche Really within Your Budget?
Actual Out-of-Pocket Cost vs. Depreciation Cost
Such a claim of saving money by buying a new Porsche may seem counter-intuitive. After all, think of the appreciable amount of depreciation incurred just as soon as any new car pulls out of the dealership’s driveway. (See my article on buying a CPO Porsche for further details on depreciation, for example.)
Nonetheless, the article – titled “Saving Money Buying a New Porsche” – makes a compelling case. In short, the article demonstrates how buying a new Porsche can in fact save you money. (You can access it by clicking here to get the magazine’s Porsche Buyer’s Guide.) It also presents a second scenario of custom-tailoring your ideal Porsche for track days.
How High the Cost of Options?
It’s no secret that Porsche’s myriad options result in multiple revenue streams. Purchasing such options have augmented the company’s bottom line virtually ever since the fledgling design firm moved from Gmünd back to Stuttgart shortly after WWII.
In a nutshell, Excellence article’s thesis argument is that the base price of any new Porsche is relatively within reason – but the final sticker price has skyrocketed into the stratosphere.
If you don’t believe me, check your blood pressure after studying various stickers at your local dealership. This is because of all of the tacked-on options seen on each loaded vehicle in any given dealer’s on-lot inventory.
According to Excellence, here’s the antidote:
Select the model of your choosing with the base price that comfortably fits within your budget
Come to a decision on the bare-minimum choice of options that you desire, and
Order that personally optioned and now-within-budget Porsche of your dreams from your neighborhood authorized Porsche dealer
Porsche Germany Factory Delivery: The Porsche European Delivery Program
Furthermore, here’s an awesome “option” unto itself: With all the money you’ll be saving by eliminating any undesired vehicle options, the article suggests that you should take advantage of those substantial savings by taking delivery of your custom-built Porsche in Germany!
Next, cast off on the dreamiest vacation of a lifetime – driving your brand-spanking-new Porsche across Europe. Then, once back home, you can relish the delightful anticipation of taking possession of your personally-broken-in bespoke Porsche after it’s shipped back to your local dealership in the States or in Canada.
(If you live outside of these nation-states, check with your local dealership to see if the Porsche European Delivery Program is available to you, and/or find your country’s Porsche website by clicking on the “country website” link in the second paragraph below.)
The Configurator will not only allow you to embark on your quest by configuring your exact chosen model. It will also enable you to familiarize yourself with all of the available options you don’t want – and, more important, with all of the options that you definitely can’t live without to equip your dream Porsche.
Read the Original Article and Sub-Article for Further Study
List of Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices by Model
So, to give you a head start on following the article’s sage advice, I’ve posted PCNA’s spreadsheet of all 2018 base prices for all Porsche models.
These are all of the bare-minimum prices without any options, and also excluding the current destination charge of $1,050. Use the spreadsheet to choose your particular desired model and then to determine that chosen model’s base price for your own budgeting goals and needs.
Happy hunting in whatever Porsche-seeking scenario you’re pursuing. Start your mission by perusing the spreadsheet below:
GT Technik recently announced the date of its 2017 GT Technik Open House.
The combined Open House / Oktoberfest / and Pre-SEMA Show will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. The big event will take place on the West Coast of the United States, at the company’s Irvine, California, facility.
GT Technik is known for its tuning and motorsport services round the globe, including proactive race prep at worldwide racetracks. The bi-coastal (in California and Florida too) company is also well-versed in suspension tuning, exhaust systems, performance-brake upgrades, aerodynamics upgrades, custom interiors and custom wheels.
One of the highlights of the day will be the GT Technik Shop Tours, which will clue us all in on the behind-the-scenes inner workings of the high-performance motorsport house.
Among other GT Technik Open House festivities, over 25 performance-products purveyors will be available at their vendor booths, displaying and discussing their wares and services with you.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to pick the participating vendors’ brains with all of your specific performance-upgrade questions that have gone unanswered, until now.
There will also be display cars for you to browse, inspect and admire, as well as food trucks for you to forage and sample their yummy offerings.
Raffles will be held and prizes given away to some of you lucky attendees — but you have to be there to win, to paraphrase that constant refrain about playing the lottery.
If you’d like to reserve a space in order to display your car in or around the festivities during the event’s Car Show, you’re encouraged to RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The company’s main street will be closed off to general through traffic, to allow for reserved slots during the Car Show, as well as for plenty of spectator and attendee parking.
Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI to be held at Laguna Seca Raceway September 27-30, 2018. This is the next highly anticipated iteration of the ultimate Porschephiles’ motorsport bacchanal celebrating all racing things Porsche.
To the ecstatic delight of all of us grateful revelers, the 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI will be extended to an unprecedented four days, instead of the usual 3 days during past Reunions.
Laguna Seca Raceway Hosts the Porsche Family Reunion of Racecars Once Again
This is the third time that the world-famous Central California USA Raceway will be the host venue for the Porsche Family Reunion of racecars.
Just a modest scenic drive east from the breathtakingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Laguna Seca first hosted Rennsport Reunion IV in October 2011 and then Rennsport Reunion V in September 2015.
Right after Rennsport Reunion V, more than a few of us feared we wouldn’t see Porsche Rennsport Reunion back at Laguna Seca for many, many years to come. There were some mutterings that the Reunions might move permanently back East. But finally this week those fears were put to rest. For now.
Rennsport Reunion Origins and History
A beloved PR man at Porsche Cars North America started it all. The late, great Bob Carlson was the mastermind behind the first Rennsport Reunion. It took place in 2001 at Lime Rock and was a resounding success.
The next two Reunions were held in 2004 and 2007 at Daytona International Speedway, the final ones orchestrated by Bob.
Just as Bob had initially planned and crafted the original concept, the common thread running through all Reunions has become the tradition of bringing together an extraordinary gathering of priceless Porsche racecars.
As an added bonus, the Reunions attract the international motorsport giants behind those racecars in their heyday – the designers, engineers and drivers who teamed up to shepherd these winningest racecars to victory in motorsport competitions all around the world.
Activities at and Features of the 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI
Once again, you’ll even be able to meet and get autographs from past and present race-winning Porsche Factory drivers, including many past Le Mans winners.
According to organizing host Porsche Cars North America, the on-track competition will be supplemented for the first time next year by a Concours d’Elegance. This new feature will be on offer to all race invitees so they can also participate in Concours competition, if desired.
Here are some links that you need to bookmark to stay up to date on the latest developments about Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI:
California — A Major Porsche Regional Sales Market with a Large Concentration of Porsche Enthusiasts
Ever since the end of World War II, the state of California has become one of the biggest — if not the biggest — markets for Porsche automobiles in the United States.
So it was only natural for Porsche Rennsport Reunion to gravitate out West from the right coast. Out here on the left coast, we’re considered to be some of the most fanatical Porschephiles on the planet.
Consequently, Laguna Seca Raceway on California’s Central Coast is a perfect fit for Porsche’s Family Reunion of racecars out West.
“Choosing the Monterey Peninsula once again for our unique Porsche family reunion builds upon what we learned from previous Rennsport Reunions,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.
“We had close to 60,000 fans, enthusiasts and owners come through the gates of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to celebrate with us in 2015,” continued Mr. Zellmer. “And California’s picturesque Central Coast provides an ideal backdrop. The Golden State as a whole has always been like a second home to Porsche.”
“We are honored to have been selected once again as the host circuit for Porsche Rennsport Reunion,” said Gill Campbell of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “This prestigious event has created a tremendous impact on motorsports around the world in the past, and we are eager to bring it back to life again in partnership with Porsche. It is truly the most rewarding event I have ever had the pleasure of being involved in.”
Porsche Club of America (PCA) Joins Rennsport Reunion VI Again
Once again, the Porsche Club of America (PCA) will be a key coordinating participant as it has in the past.
For example, during the last 2015 Rennsport Reunion V, PCA member-owned cars numbered over 1,300 Porsche automobiles carpeting the Laguna Seca model-specific car corrals and general-parking lots to overflow capacity.
The multiple PCA Porsche-only parade laps on the Raceway’s world-renown track were a sight to behold.
According to the PCA website, “PCA will provide a hospitality tent with refreshments and presentations by Porsche insiders for members in attendance. More information will become available in the near future.”
In addition the PCA website also indicates the following regarding Porsche Rennsport Reunion V: “PCA Club Racing contributed to the racing with its own run group, named the Sholar-Friedman Cup after PCA founder Bill Sholar and PCA Club Racing founder Allen Friedman.”
Rennsport Reunion VI Welcomes International Porsche Enthusiasts to Laguna Seca
So we get to do it all over again next year. And it’ll be here before you know it. So make your plans now.
We at StuttgartDNA hope to see all of you, from across the globe, here in California, at Laguna Seca.
The famed Raceway will once again become the center of the Porsche Universe from the 27th through 30th of September 2018 during Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI. Don’t miss it for the world. . .
With Porsche Classic Centers opening worldwide, the future looks bright not only for Porsche AG, but also for the more than 70% of all Porsche vehicles that are still on the road across the globe.
Thus the German sports-car manufacturer headquartered in Stuttgart is expanding its market share of maintaining and servicing classic and modern-classic Porsche vehicles round the world.
Porsche Classic Centers opening worldwide — more are planned across the globe
Porsche Classic Centers versus Porsche Classic Partners – Is there a difference between the two?
A Porsche Classic Center is a fully self-contained entity specializing in the maintenance, repair and restoration of classic Porsche sports cars and, soon, Porsche SUVs. The latest example as of this writing is the new Porsche Classic Center Son, located in Norway.
The first three Porsche Classic Centers to open worldwide are as follows (in order of opening):
A Porsche Classic Partner, on the other hand, is different only insofar as it is under the roof of a pre-existing Porsche Center dealership. Conversely, a Porsche Classic Center is a self-sufficient, stand-alone entity under its own roof.
The common bond between Porsche Classic Centers and Porsche Classic Partners is that they both are based on an astonishing statistic: Greater than 70 percent of all Porsche sports cars ever built are still running on the worldwide highways and byways today.
So the business model is quite simple, now, isn’t it? Who better to service, maintain and restore all of these classic cars than an authorized Porsche dealership? Not to mention who better to also supply them with over 52,000 genuine Porsche and Classic Porsche spare parts?
Porsche Classic Centers and Porsche Classic Partners share one crucial element: providing superior service and genuine parts
“Alongside the continual expansion of our Classic range of genuine parts, the Porsche Classic Centers and Porsche Classic Partners around the world represent a crucial part of our strategy,” asserts Alexander Fabig, Director of Porsche Classic at Porsche AG.
So it stands to reason that another shared trait between the two entities is that each provides competent service advisors and technicians who combine expert service and consultation for their clients who possess classic, vintage Porsche automobiles.
Consequently, Porsche Classic clientele can expect Porsche to guarantee a uniformly high standard of quality service. This results from Porsche’s special training program for the employees of all Porsche Classic Centers and Partners, which closely links Porsche tradition with Porsche innovation.
The Porsche powers-that-be have to be savoring the company’s ever-upward sales trends for the first six months of 2017 — i.e., Porsche AG nails mid-year 2017 worldwide sales record.
The Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen sports-car manufacturer delivered more cars in this first half of 2017 than during any first six months of any other year in its history.
As has been the case for several consecutive months, the Macan model line continues to be the unstoppable engine driving this phenomenal sales growth. The sporty, agile SUV is surely king of the off-road hill in terms of highest volume of raw sales.
The re-designed Panamera model line, however, outpaces the Macan in terms of manifesting the strongest percentage growth in this first six months – commanding a highly impressive increase of 54%(!).
Speaking of favorable impressions, Detlev von Platen acknowledges the substantial contribution that the Panamera model line has made to Porsche’s bottom line. As a Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing, von Platen asserts, “The enthusiastic response from customers has been overwhelming. The plug-in hybrid versions and the new Sport Turismo version of the Panamera will provide us with even more momentum.”
Here are the models that showed the greatest legs in the first half of 2017:
Macan models – double-digit growth of 11%, surpassing the 50,000-unit mark
718 Cayman and Boxster models – additional positive increases in growth
Cayenne models – 35,601 SUVs were delivered, slotting into the position of the second most popular Porsche model line, behind the Macan line
In terms of regional world markets, China, which has the greatest obvious growth potential, unsurprisingly snagged the brass ring for being the largest single national market this time around. The communist / quasi-capitalist country boasted sales of 35,864 vehicles, a substantial increase in growth of 18% over this same 2016 time period.
Once the perennial best-performing market year after year, the United States this time ranks second behind China, with sales of 27,568 units, an increase of 3%. Sales on German home turf showed similarly satisfactory numbers from last year, at 15,474 countrywide deliveries, an increase of 1%
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) announced its mid-year sales figures for the United States. According to the report, the Panamera sedan notwithstanding, sports-car sales plummeted both from June year-over-year sales and 2016 and 2017 year-to-date sales.
Yet, despite these relatively sharp declines, U.S. deliveries squeaked out an overall net-net increase in sales figures.
Well, PCNA owes it all to strong SUV sales, especially the Macan model lines.
Incidentally, this should be an object lesson for the Porsche-purist “Never-SUVers” crowd — continued success of the Porsche SUVs and Porsche Panameras in the multi-model roundup ensure the continued successful production of coveted Porsche sports cars in both the near and distant future.
Porsche June 2017 USA sales — by the numbers
So the numbers break down as follows. U.S. Porsche Dealers sold a total of 4, 516 units in June 2017, a negligible 0.8% increase over June 2016 numbers. Year-to-date figures were slightly better. 2017 year-to-date vehicle sales of 27,568 units amounted to an increase of 3.2% over 2016 Y-T-D sales.
What kept these figures barely on the positive side, as alluded to above, were the formidable Macan SUV sales.
The Macan produced yet another robust sales month in June, yielding 1,871 deliveries. This represents another whopping 53.1% spike over the same month in 2016. Year-to-date Macan sales produced an amazing 10,638 deliveries, again showing a healthy increase of 30.9%
In addition, the Panamera chalked up respectable numbers. All Panameras yielded a modest increase of 2.4% over last June, with of 518 units delivered in June 2017. Even better, though, are the year-to-date figures of 3,001 Panamera “sports sedans,” a spike of 36.5% over Y-T-D 2016.