Road Scholars Review – December 2015
The first English-language review was published by Randy Leffingwell last week in the Road Scholars Magazine, December 2015 issue:
Ryan Snodgrass’s new Carrera 2.7 is the logical and meticulously researched follow-up to the Carrera RS history written by Drs Thomas Gruber and Georg Konradsheim and first published in 1992. The earlier book encompassed 911 RS Carrera models from 1972 through 1992 because the RS designation was the focus of its interest. Snodgrass follows a similarly tight discipline, examining the 2.7-liter models with mechanical fuel injection, a series that began with the 1972 model year and ended in early 1975 with some 1976 “Sondermodell” or special variation cars. These cars share a mystique in the U.S. with the ’72/’73 RS 2.7 in that Porsche did not export them to the states either – because they were identical in their specification and in their non-compliance to early emissions standards. Motivated by his desire in recent years to find a good example of one of these cars for himself, he undertook what is now a bible on the 2.7s.
Pages are handsomely designed, and hundreds of not-seen-before black-and-white and color images share importance with diagrams or graphics or charts. Several pages show engine or chassis or body assembly as it only could have been witnessed and photographed in the early- and mid-1970s. Detailed part photos turn this book into an ultimate restoration guide as well as encyclopedic buyer’s reference.
The photos deserve special mention because it is easy to completely lose count of how many were specially commissioned for this book. A common complaint from European readers of American-produced books on Porsche is that U.S. versions of 911s are different, which provide inaccurate references to continental readers. Snodgrass enlisted photographers not only in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and Europe to provide excellent images. What’s more, the thorough racing coverage in chapter 7 shows countless photos of these cars sideways, tricycling, or fully airborne. The captions – for all the pictures – are more than just labels and some are downright entertaining.
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Porsche enthusiast site Elferspot is offering a RARE opportunity to win a copy of the epic Turbo 3.0 book until May 15, 2019. Not only that, they created a quick video to showcase the book for those who have never seen it in person. See more details about the contest on the Elferspot website.
Review of the Turbo 3.0 book in Porsche Fahrer's February 2019 issue:
Manchmal, wenn Geld und Zeit keine Rolle spielen, entsteht große Kunst, ohne dass die Limitierungen des wirklichen Lebens ihr Schranken auferlegen. Und mit viel Glück wird ein Buch wie Ryan Snodgrass’ Magnum Opus zum Thema 911 Turbo daraus.
Die Masse von 1500 Bildern und Informationen auf 536 Seiten hat das Zeug, den Betrachter/Leser zu erschlagen: Wo beginnen, wenn schon das Kapitel „Accessoires“, angefangen beim korrekten Bordwerkzeug bis hin zum passenden 911-Koffer-satz der Firma Volz, 18 Seiten umfasst? Wohlgemerkt, es geht nur um den Dreiliter-Urturbo der Modelljah- re 1975 bis 1977! Natürlich ist es spannend, die Entwicklung des 911 Turbo nachzuvollziehen, aber richtig aufregend wird es, wenn Text und Bilder tief und detailreich bis hin zum Aufnäher der Sicherheitsgurte in Technik, Ausstattung und Produktion eintauchen. Snodgrass hat sich die Mühe gemacht, auch Sonderanfertigungen und Spezialmodelle zu zeigen, die Spuren im Rennsport nachzuzeichnen und zu guter Letzt JEDEN gebauten 911 Turbo 3.0 mit Farbe, Innenausstattung, Reifentyp bei Auslieferung, Extras etc. aufzulisten. Wenn das Geld also nicht für einen Urturbo reicht, sind 395 Dollar für die Standardausgabe dieses Standardwerks perfekt angelegtes Geld. Ein besseres Buch zum Thema wird es auf absehbare Zeit nicht geben. Fünf Sterne!
We are thrilled that Ryan Snodgrass' Turbo 3.0 book has just been nominated as a finalist in the Book category for Motoring Press Guild's 2018 MPG Excellence in Automotive Journalism Awards. In MPG's own words, the "annual celebration of excellence is intended to inspire automotive journalists, both present and future, to produce work of the highest professional caliber in specific categories."
It's an honor to just be nominated for such a prestigious award in the world of automotive journalism. Congratulations to the other finalists in the Book category:
- Hurley: From the Beginning by Sean Cridland
- Twice Around the Clock – The Yanks at Le Mans Vol. I-III by Tim Considine
Hurley is an absolutely fantastic read on one of America's greatest racing drivers, written directly in partnership with Mr. Haywood himself. I haven't seen Twice Around the Clock yet, but I've pre-ordered a copy as it looks like it will provide great insight into the history of American drivers at Le Mans.
Interestingly, MPG finalist nominations run deep with those involved in the Turbo 3.0 project. Richard Baron, the Designer/Art Director for the Turbo 3.0 book, also worked on the MPG nominated Hurley book. And Randy Wells—a 2018 MPG finalist in the Featured Video category for his film ICARUS—photographed many shots that appeared in the Turbo 3.0 book.
The winners in each category will be announced during the awards dinner on February 24th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Good luck to all.