PCA Panorama Review – August 2016
The Carrera 2.7 book review in August issue #713 of Porsche Club of America's Panorama magazine:
Just when you thought you owned every Porsche coffee table or reference book you needed, along comes Carrera 2.7 by Ryan Snodgrass. The iconic 1973 Carrera RS may be well documented, but its successor, the Carrera 2.7 MFI produced from 1974-1976, is a car little known by Porsche enthusiasts—until now.
The book begins with a brief history of the 1973 Carrera RS, explains why the Carrera 2.7 MFI was produced and the reason North America received a "watered-down" version. In addition, there is a chapter on special models, including the Carrera 2.7 Turbo, the Belgium Police Targas, and the extremely rare and desirable Sondermodell 1976—the final Porsche production car with an MFI engine. There a a chapter on racing, which includes details on the 1974 IROC RSR 3.0. At the end of the book, there are extensive appendices, including racing homologation, standard and optional equipment, detailed changes during the 1974-1976 run, and full technical specifications.
The sheer number of lists, charts, color samples, historical literature, dealer information and pricing, serial number decoders, and abundance of archival and contemporary photographs is beyond expectations. There are also superb blueprint, schematic, and cutaway diagrams throughout. Combine all of that with colorful, stylish graphic design and high-quality materials, and this becomes not only a book you won't be able to put down, but also one that you will refer to again and again.
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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.