Juni 29, 2016
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
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
März 18, 2021
September 18, 2019
Review of the Turbo 3.0 book in Octane magazine's October 2019 issue:
We'll come clean: this book was released last year but our review copy was mislaid during Octane's hastily carried-out office relocation form Bedfordshite to London. It's author, Ryan Snodgrass, very kindly offered to send us another one—and we're so glad he did, because this is a truly exceptional work.
A companion volume to Snodgrass' previous magnum opus, Carrera 2.7, this mammoth 536-page tribute to the Porsche 911 Turbo is printed on creamy archival paper and presented in a stout slipcase. Pay extra for the 300-off Publisher's Edition and you get an even stouter clamshell box that additionally houses convincing reproductions of Porsche ephemera such as press releases and photos, and actual 35mm colour slides, plus a 20-page supplement on how the book was put together.
Is either version worth the money? Emphatically yes, because the level of detail and the production values are stunning. To give just two examples: expert financial book-keepers were hired to check the production data for all 2819 Turbos built; and because no detailed cutaway drawing was ever made of the Turbo, noted cutaway artist Makoto Ouchi was commissioned to draw on. The print specification—which apparently involved '15-micron stochastic hybrid screens' and 'special wide-gamut inks'—will have any bibliophile salivating over their silkscreened linen slipcase.
Every possible aspect of the 1975–77 Turbo is covered in depth: development, build, mechanical, design, one-offs and special editions, racing versions... There's even a spread devoted to specific tyre inflators, jacks and plastic gloves supplied by Porsche for the Turbo's space-save tyre.
As you'll have gathered, we're impressed. It's taken a while for Turbo 3.0 to make it into these pages, but it was well worth the wait.
Juli 30, 2019
"Ryan Snodgrass's book on early Porsche Turbos is probably the greatest single model book that I've ever seen in my life. I have not been able to put it down since getting it. It is just full of every bit of geeky goodness about those cars. It is phenomenal."
Of course, when asked at 0:28:07 by Mark Green if manifested into a car, what kind of car would Robb Sass be, his affinity for the Turbo was clear. Sass answered he'd like to be a 1975 or 1976 Turbo Carrera, the first generation Turbo: "I think that they are kind of a little bit edgy. It was the height of the malaise era. A car I really respect as when everything else was slow and crappy, you had this car that would go 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds. Performance on par with a muscle car from ten years before at a time when people were building the Mustang II. If I could aspire to be any car...I'm not a 75-76 Turbo Carrera, but if I could that is probably what it would be as it was so shocking and so surprising and a little bit unpredictable." "Porsche never got the memo that the malaise era was going on."
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