I recently made a couple of observations about the current Porsche business model. The first one was that an entry-level Porsche was best defined as a used Porsche. The second observation was that Porsche has definitely been targeting a broader and less traditional customer base with the introduction of the SUV and sedan product lines. Now, fast-forward a few months to comments by Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. Apparently, I was merely an observer of what Porsche had already decided.
Critically injured French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma but remains unconscious, his family said in a statement Nov. 19. Bianchi, who suffered the most serious F1 race injury since Ayrton Senna died in 1994 when he crashed into a recovery tractor in the wet at the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5, has been transferred from Yokkaichi to a hospital in Nice.
It’s a race that took place on the beach at Wildwood, New Jersey. It featured pre-1935 autos with pre-1953 parts and pre-1948 motorcycles with a tank shift. It took you back to the day when early testing of mechanical machines were done on the beaches since they were the safest straightaways of the day. Indians, Harley Davidsons, Excelciors, Ford and Dodge Brothers all were there. On Oct. 3-5, the Oilers Car Club/Motorcycle Club held its third annual Race of Gentlemen, one of the most unique races around. There is no timing, no speed clock, no trophies, no prizes. Just a race to see who gets across the finish line first. Pure bragging rights if that happens.