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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The Turbo 3.0 book wins first place in the coveted MOTORWORLD BUCHPREIS for the Markenbuch category (best book for a single brand), which honors the best car books of the year. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 inside the Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors showroom at the Motorworld Stuttgart V8 Hotel in Böblingen, Germany.
For almost 20 years, noted automotive historian and journalist Jürgen Lewandowski has presided over the Autobuchpreis which honors the best works produced each year on automotive and motorsports topics. For 2018, MOTORWORLD Group became the primary sponsor for the Autobuchpreis, hosting the event and judging team of Jürgen Lewandowksi (chairman of the jury), Andreas Dünkel (Motorworld Group Chairman), Mark N. Backé (Grand Basel Chairman), Vittorio Strosek (Strosek Design), Michael Stoschek (Brose Chairman), Christian Steiger (Classic Cars Editor-in-Chief), Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (Leica Camera Chairman) and Robertino Wild (Capricorn Chairman).
We are honored that the Turbo 3.0 book not only won an IPPY Gold medal at the 2019 Independent Book Publisher Awards, but the overall win within one of eight "Outstanding Books of the Year" categories was special, tying for the Best Book Arts Craftsmanship category. This award is extra meaningful as all books published by independent publishers around the world were eligible, not just within the narrow field of automotive books. Tough competition for sure!
The IPPY “rewards those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing,” with the judging criteria “based on quality of content, originality, design, and production with an emphasis on innovation and social relevance.” The eight overall Outstanding Books of the Year categories choose books from "regular entries for being the most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and/or experimental."
Many thanks to all the contributors to the success of the Turbo 3.0 book: art director Richard Baron; cover artist Guy Allen; cutaway illustrator Makoto Ouchi; photographers Claus Bachl, Michael Furman, and Randy Wells; editors Jonathan Stein and Mary Snodgrass; designer of our first book style Christoph Mäder; prepress support from iocolor with Stephanie Lock, John Bailey, and Gary Hawkey; and the printer Artron Art Group.
Published by Parabolica Press, Turbo 3.0 was officially available for purchase in October 2018. The 23rd Annual IPPY Awards ceremony will be held in New York City on May 28, 2019.
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.