Porsche Road & Race Review – November 2016

November 26, 2016

November 24, 2016 review by Glen Smale on Porsche Road & Race:

Much has been written about the Porsche 911, in fact there are few manufacturers in the world, that could boast as having as many books written about one of their models. But as can be expected, many of these books cover selected top models, and those perceived as less salubrious models are usually relegated to books covering all models. 

Fresh attention though has been directed at the classic car market in recent years, with the result that prices have been rising steadily for the more sought after models. Those who are fortunate enough to be Porsche enthusiasts, will have seen the prices of the Carrera RS 2.7 skyrocket, although of late, prices of this sought-after model have settled somewhat. One model though that has until recently escaped much of the limelight, is the Carrera 2.7, but this humble model can claim as its predecessor the mighty Carrera RS 2.7. What a claim to be able to make, and yet the Carrera 2.7 is widely regarded as the lesser sibling and as such, has been largely overlooked. Ironically, the 1974 Carrera 2.7 produced the same output, had the same top speed and weighed the same as the celebrated RS.

The author of this book, Ryan Snodgrass, just happened to be looking for a classic car to buy for himself, and wanted to read up about this model. Not finding much to read on the model, what did Snodgrass do, he wrote what is without doubt, the most comprehensively researched book on the Carrera 2.7, thereby answering all the questions one could possibly have about the car. His book, Carrera 2.7: 1974-1976, covers all 2.7 MFI impact-bumper models between these two years, including the introduction of the 930 Turbo.

Snodgrass takes the reader on a journey through all aspects of the different models, including: Carrera Unveiled; Drivetrain; Rolling Chassis; Body; Interior; Special Models; Racing; Accessories; and, Literature. Each section is explained in the utmost of detail with truly impressive imagery, tables, graphs and illustrations showing in depth, the production and assembly steps. Detailed photographs show production and component differences, while extensive and clearly styled charts show gearbox numbering enabling one to identify a model and its options with accuracy. Sections are dedicated to body colours, exterior colours and aerodynamic developments.

A great deal of attention has been devoted to the selection of images in each chapter, and in this respect, the pictures really do paint a thousand words. Much work has been put into explaining, for instance, the large number of decals in the engine bay, the doorposts and in the luggage compartment, a useful detail largely overlooked by many authors. The chapter dealing with the interior shows the different upholstery styles that were offered in the 911, remembering of course that the mid-1970s was a period of great experimentation with colour, so there is in fact much ground to be covered here. The author has sought out production cards for various stages of the car’s assembly, showing in great detail how various options eventually found their way onto a particular car.

There is a section devoted to the development of the 911 Turbo, the prototype of which was a 2.7-litre car given to Louise Piëch on the occasion of her 70th birthday. This is an extremely interesting prototype, as I have covered this car myself in a feature for a well-known magazine not long ago. Porsche has long enjoyed a very good relationship with the various police forces in Germany and Belgium, and these special models have their own section too.

No book on the 911 would be complete without a chapter devoted to motorsport. This section of course covers those models that participated in both road and rally competition between 1974 and 1976.

A well-detailed section on 911 literature illustrates in splendid colour and detail, vehicle sales brochures (in different languages), price lists, colour options, spare parts catalogues, technical booklets and much more. What tools were issued with each model also gets a showing, and a useful section details the different options that were available to purchase with your 911.

This book is available in two different editions, the Limited Edition numbering 2500 copies, or the Publisher’s Edition which is limited to just 300 individually numbered and signed copies. Both of these come in a strong slip case, so there is no danger of your book getting scuffed.

The care with which the author has displayed and laid out the content is nothing short of exemplary – this book is truly a work of art. In fact, it was so highly thought of, that in 2016 it was shortlisted for the Publication of the Year, a prestigious international award. If you decide to dip into your savings to purchase a copy of Carrera 2.7: 1974-1976, you will not be sorry. This book goes beyond ‘coffee table’ as you wouldn’t want to mix it up with travel or gardening books and the like, this is one for the study bookshelf. You had better hurry to order your copy now.

911 & Porsche World – November 2016

November 16, 2016

CARRERA 2.7 BIBLE: Spare a thought for the poor old Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 of 1974. Until recently, it was almost invisible in the shadow of its more illustrious sibling, the Camera 2.7 RS. And yet the Camera 27 shared an identical engine and much of its DNA, including the wide-hipped shell, with the attention-grabbing RS. Of late, market values have grown to reflect its true place in the Porsche pantheon. And now you can celebrate this relatively unsung hero with a new book dedicated to the model. Meticulously researched by author [Ryan] Snodgrass using Porsche archive material, period documentation and access to private collections, Carrera 2.7 sports over 800 images among its 406 pages and includes the complete story, from the original factory options to its production history.

Carrera 2.7 Shortlisted for Prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards

October 22, 2016

We are ecstatic that the Carrera 2.7 book has been shortlisted for the "Publication of the Year" category in the prestigious 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards (IHMA). Considered to be the "Academy Awards" of the historic automotive world, the IHMA searches to find the ‘best of the best’ within the international historic motoring community, culminating with the red carpet black-tie awards ceremony at the magnificent Guildhall in London on November 17th.

Launched in 2011, the IHMA categories celebrate the diversity, achievements and depth within the worldwide historic motoring industry. Presented in association with Octane magazine and EFG Private Bank, the panel of expert judges assess the nominees that have been shortlisted in each category. Judges such as Derek Bell, car designer Peter Stevens and Pink Floyd drummer and historic car collector and racer Nick Mason don’t have an easy task, with a splendid range of international candidates to choose from across the various categories. Which historic race series will take the checkered flag, and which of the meticulous restorations or endlessly-researched publications will fire the judges’ enthusiasm?

Nominees for Publication of the Year (sponsored by Hortons Books)

  • Red Dust Racers, by Graeme Cocks
  • The Original Ford GT101, by Ed Heuvink
  • Marcello Gandini, by Gautam Sen
  • Power Without Glory, by Terry Wright
  • Carrera 2.7, by Ryan Snodgrass
  • Porsche 917 Archive & Works Layout 1968-75, by Walter Näher
  • Maserati 250F, by Ian Wagstaff
  • Stirling Moss, The Definitive Biography Vol 1, by Philip Porter

More About the Carrera 2.7 Book

Serious automotive enthusiasts consider Porsche’s Carrera 2.7 RS to be the archetypical 911…and deservedly so. The cars are light, responsive, purposeful and the type 911/83 engine delivers scintillating performance. Over the last 40 years the 2.7 RS has been covered in dozens of books and articles. Yet its successor—a car with the identical engine and similar DNA—remains either unknown or misunderstood even by long-time Porsche enthusiasts. That car is the Carrera 2.7 MFI. This book tells the complete story of these remarkable, unheralded sports cars.

The Carrera 2.7 book has been meticulously researched using the Porsche factory archives, private collections, period documentation and intensive study. The book attempts to cover everything an owner, restorer, historian or enthusiast would want to know about this intriguing 911 variant. Content includes comprehensive discussion of original options, photos of key details, insights into factory production, competition history and a considerable amount of material never before published. Although primarily focused on the top-of-the-line mechanically-fuel injected Carrera 2.7, this book will also prove valuable to enthusiasts of any of the Porsche 911 and 930 Turbo models produced during the mid-1970s.

Since the book’s international release at the end of October 2015, the Carrera 2.7 book has been enthusiastically received around the world by readers and the media. It was Octane's Book of the Month (April 2016), Total 911 magazine listed it as #1 on their "2016 Must Read List" and GT Porsche called it "one of those Porsche books you just cannot put down."

2016 Historic Motoring Awards

Here's our video of the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards – a wonderful evening tinged with sadness, following the death of our great friend (and award-winner) Peter Foubister of the Royal Automobile Club, a few hours after the event

Posted by Octane magazine on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PCA Panorama Review – August 2016

August 14, 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.

Carrera 2.7 wins IAMC Automotive Media Award

August 02, 2016

The Carrera 2.7 book wins the Silver Medallion award at the 25th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC)The IAMC program is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media through judging by peer media professionals. Awards were presented Sunday, July 31 the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.

About the Carrera 2.7 book:

Serious automotive enthusiasts consider Porsche’s Carrera 2.7 RS to be the archetypical 911…and deservedly so. The cars are light, responsive, purposeful and the type 911/83 engine delivers scintillating performance. Over the last 40 years the 2.7 RS has been covered in dozens of books and articles. Yet its successor – a car with the identical engine and similar DNA – remains either unknown or misunderstood even by long-time Porsche enthusiasts. That car is the Carrera 2.7 MFI. The Carrera 2.7 book tells the complete story of these remarkable, unheralded sports cars.

AUTOMOBILSPORT Review – July/Aug/Sept 2016

June 29, 2016

The Carrera 2.7 book review in issue #9 of AUTOMOBILSPORT magazine:

Now come on, please - not another Porsche book? On a 911? Well, have some patience, dear reader. For despite the flood of Porsche-related reading material on the market, Ryan Snodgrass has managed to create something extraordinary. The connection to the recently relaunched definitive book on the preceding model becomes obvious at first sight. This is no surprise, as the layout and design for the 1974–76 Carrera 2.7 book was done by the same graphic designer. But it is the content and amazing details that make this one even more special. Snodgrass covers every – and we mean absolutely every – aspect of the initial impact bumper model Carrera, in the process setting a new standard for technical details. There is also a special goody that makes the book attractive for race fans: in a chapter dedicated to the fabulous IROC RSRs, for the first time we've found a complete and beautifully illustrated documentation of the 15 cars that raced in the United States in 1973/74.

Summary: 9.5 out of 10
A brilliant piece on the initial impact bumper Carrera 

German review:

Schon wieder ein Porsche-Buch? Und dann auch noch über einen Neunelfer? Doch Geduld, lieber Leser - in der Flut an Lektüre über die Zuffenhausener Fahrzeuge ist Ryan Snodgrass hier etwas Außergewöhnliches gelungen. Sofort ins Auge fällt die Verwandtschaft zum 2015 neu aufgelegten Standardwerk über das Vorgängermodell. Das verwundert nicht, denn Grafik und Layout kommen aus demselben Haus. Der Inhalt und die Detailtiefe jedoch sind es, die dieses Buch in eine andere Liga heben. Snodgrass behandelt wirklich jeden Bereich des ersten G-Modell-Carreras aufs Ausführlichste und setzt in Sachen technische Details einen neuen Standard. Auch für uns Rennsportfans hält der Autor einen Leckerbissen bereit: In einem umfangreichen Kapitel über den IROC-RSR findet sich erstmals eine vollständige und hervorragend aufbereitete Dokumentation zu den 15 Autos, die 1973/74 in den USA für Furore sorgten.

Fazit: 9,5 von 10
Ein brillantes Werk über den ersten G-Modell-Carrera

Automobilismo d'Epoca Book of the Month – June 2016 (Italian)

June 09, 2016

"Book of the Month" review in the June 2016 issue of Vintage Cars:


Nel mondo delle Porsche 911, la parola "bumper" è associata all versioni meno desiderabili in assoluto della mitica berlinetta di Stoccarda. Forse per quella versione base i cui 150 CV, a fronte di 2,7 litri di cubatura, Sembrano una contraddizione in termini con la storia della Casa di Stoccarda. Sta di fatto che dei modelli con i "paraurtoni" necessari a rispettare l'omologazione USA, pochi parlano. E infatti la letteratura al riguardo è scarsa. Ora però c'è chi si è preso la briga di scriverne, con un libro dedicato al-mo dello più prestigioso tra i "bumper, e più che oltre desiderabile più potent: la Carrera del 2.7 1974-1976 Che sarebbe poi l '. evoluzione della mitica 2.7 RS. La prima 911. questa, con il motore MA, cioè a iniezione meccanica di carburante. Una macchina da 210 CV, potent e Aggressiva. che, per stessa ammissione dell'autore, è servita per esplorare lo sviluppo dell 'intera serie -Bumper "(nel codice Porsche le Serie G. H e I) e restituirle dignità collocandola nel solco del momento storico in cui nacque: quello della crisi Petrolifera e dell'austerity. Ecco quindi che sotto questa lente i modelli "sfiatati" (Carrera a parte) assumo-no il ruolo di Spartiacque nella storia della Casa, divenendo quelli che hanno permesso alla Porsche 911 di continuare la sua storia. Come dire che, se a non Zuffenhausen avessero avuto il coraggio di mettere sul mercato questa serie, forse la 911 non sarebbe arrivata fino a noi. Emblematica (e bellissima) in questo contesto è la lettera di fine anno che Huschke von Hanstein, all'epoca direttore comunicazione della Casa, scrive a un possessore di 911 in quel periodo. Lettera nella quale è evident lo sconcerto per il fatto che si sia obbligati a viaggiare a 80 km / h per Risparmiare carburante (i limiti di velocità sono una misura frustrante per i piloti Provetti "), ma anche si conclude con la speranza che" come tutte le cose hanno fine, anche questa austerity finirà, e ci auguriamo molto presto. "Una lettera che mostra, al lettore, quanto in profondità si sia nella ricerca per la andati stesura di quest'opera, divisa in Capitoli che l'sviscerano argomento in tutte le sue sfaccettature: mec-canica, telaio, carrozzeria, interni, modelli speciali, corse, accessori (numerose pagine sono dedicate, per esempio, ai crick, agli attrezzi di bordo e ai ricambi in dotazione per il pronto intervento) e. con una parte che iconografica definire ricchissima e suggestiva è ancora poco. Un libro da intenditori.

Ruoteclassiche Review – June 2016 (Italian)

June 08, 2016

La 911 del dopo "RS" L'opera omnia sulla 2.7 del '74. Da veri cultori

La Bibbia della Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI (la sigla che identifica i motori a iniezione meccanica) è scritta in inglese. ma non importa. È talmente ricca di notizie, immagini, foto esclusive e descrizioni dettagliate di ogni modello che la lingua è un particolare trascurabile. Con "Carrera 2.7" Ryan Snodgrass ha realizzato per l'americana Parabolica Press un libro davvero unico, facendo dell'accuratezza una dote imprescindibile. Che si percepisce in ogni pagina. partendo da un'introduzione che racconta come d modello 1975 della 911 meriti la medesima attenzione dell'iconica 2.7 RS dell'anno precedente, tesi supportata da spiegazioni sulla tecnica e la struttura della più moderna 2.7. I tre anni della sua stona – compresa tra il 1974 e il 1976 – sono raccontati in 406 pagine suddivise in 9 capitoli; le appendici sono dedicate alle omologazioni sportive. agli equipaggiamenti disponibili. alle modifiche intervenute durante la produzione e alle specifiche tecniche. Se i primi affrontano argomenti tecnici (dal motore all'iniezione. dalla trasmissione alle sospensioni, a freni e ruote), sono divertenti e interessanti i capitoli dedicati alle carrozzerie, con le ricche e spettacolari "cartelle colori" delle tinte disponibili nei vari anni, e agli interni, con la rassegna più completa dei tessuti tartan con cui allestire la seduta dei sedili.

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