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Title:

Junkyard Racers

Issue:

#139, August 2005, page 151

Author:

Michael Browning

Length:

4-pages (2-pages of text and tables, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Browning introduces US readers to the 944 Challenge race series from Australia. Started by Dennis O'Keefe (owner of aPorschApart) in 1999, it has blossomed into thriving low cost spec-Porsche series using normally aspirated 2.5L 944s from 1982 to 1988.


Title:

Bare-Knuckle Brawler

Issue:

#134, December 2004, page 118

Author:

Karl Glynn (owner of this website)

Length:

7-pages (3-pages of text and tables, 4-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Glynn looks at the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup race car, used for one make race series in Germany, France, South Africa and Canada during the late 1980s. He also drives Pete Fitzpatrick's example from the Canadian Rothmans-Porsche series at Summit Point Raceway.


Title:

Six From Four

Issue:

#118, April 2003, page 131

Author:

Harold Pace

Length:

4-pages (2-pages of text, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Pace reviews Bob Howard's Porsche 944 Turbo racecar. The majority of the article is devoted to the car's 2.6L 600+ HP turbocharged engine. Built by Norwood Performance (which used to be owned by Bob Norwood), they started with a 3.0L Porsche 968 engine and sleeved it down to meet PCA class displacement rules.


Title:

Who's The Boss?

Issue:

#110, May 2002, page 115

Author:

Patrick C. Paternie

Length:

5½-pages (2-pages of text, the remainder is photos)

Synopsis:

Paternie recounts the history of the 924 GTP at Le Mans in 1981, where it finished 7th overall. Not to be confused with the 924 Le Mans (which was run at Le Mans in 1980), the 924 GTP was in many ways a prototype for the upcoming 944. See also issue #17 below.


Title:

Against the Current

Issue:

#88, October 1999, page 110

Author:

David Colman

Length:

5-pages (2½-pages of text, the remainder are photos)

Synopsis:

Colman reviews Broadfoot Racing's efforts at campaigning a 944 Turbo in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring during 1998. Mechanical problems and driver errors dogged the team resulting in two DNFs. They returned to Daytona in 1999 and despite continuing mechanical problems, they managed to finish 11th out of 23 cars in the GT-3 class. It was only the second time in history that a 944 finished the Rolex 24.


Title:

Doom's Day

Issue:

#78, June 1998, page 127

Author:

Jeff Hartman

Length:

5-pages (2½-pages of text, the remainder photos)

Synopsis:

Hartman looks at Bob Norwood's extraordinary DOOM II – a tube frame race chassis with a 700+ HP 968 engine. An interesting car with an interesting history.


Title:

Tech Forum: Safety Basics for the track

Issue:

#71, August 1997, page 129

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

2-pages

Synopsis:

Pasha reviews the basic safety equipment required for taking your 924/944/968 into competitive events. He discusses safety harnesses, roll bars, fire extinguishers, kill switches, helmets and driving suits.


Title:

Race Face

Issue:

#68, April 1997, page 103

Author:

David Colman

Length:

6-pages (4-pages of text, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Colman gave an excellent blow-by-blow account of his first ever PCA Club race at Sear's Point in December 1996. His racecar was a 1983 944 rental, provided by Kevin Buckler's The Racer's Group.


Title:

A 944 Vision Becomes Reality

Issue:

#67, February 1997, page 73

Author:

P. Giesold Stout

Length:

6-pages (3½-pages of text, the remainder photos)

Synopsis:

Pete Stout provides a detailed description of Lee Brown's 944 Turbo racecar. Built by Vision Motorsports for POC competition, it features numerous modifications – from an Andial 2.8L stroker kit to AIR bodywork. A picture of the car can be seen here.


Title:

Technical Notes: 944 Club Car

Issue:

#67, February 1997, page 32

Author:

Bruce Anderson

Length:

1-page of text

Synopsis:

In response to a reader's letter, Anderson gives a brief overview of the various 944 models and their suitability as autocross and/or track cars.


Title:

The Heat of Battle – The Trials and Tribulations of a 968 Racing Effort

Issue:

#66, December 1996, page 119

Author:

David Colman

Length:

6-pages (4-pages of text, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Colman recount Mike Doolin's efforts to race a 968 in the 1995 and 1996 seasons of the IMSA Firestone Firehawk endurance series. Historically, Porsche's front engined 4-cylinder cars did very well in this series. But by 1995, Pontiac made significant improvements to their V-8 Firebirds in the areas of power, brakes, handling and fuel economy – they were up to 7-seconds/lap faster than the 968 at some tracks. Combined with other mechanical, reliability and tactical problems, Doolin's finished 39th out of 91 season entrants in 1995. In 1996, he pulled out of the series after the race at Sear's Point.


Title:

It's IT!

Issue:

#60, April 1996, page 76

Author:

David Colman

Length:

5-pages (3-pages of text, the remainder photos)

Synopsis:

This article is a review of Roger Kraus Racing's efforts in campaigning a 1983 944 in the 1995 season of the SCCA's Improved Touring class (ITS). What's particularly interesting are the details Colman was able to glean – ranging from hot track setup to the annual racing budget.


Title:

Rothmans Porsche Challenge 944

Issue:

#59, February 1996, page 98

Author:

Dom Miliano

Length:

3-pages (1½-text, the remainder is photos)

Synopsis:

Miliano provides a retrospective on the Rothmans-Porsche Challenge Series for normally aspirated 944 cars. It was the brainchild of David Deacon, the General Manager of the Porsche Division at Volkswagen of Canada and it ran in Canada during 1986 and 1987.


Title:

A Step Up To IMSA

Issue:

#52, April 1995, page 85

Author:

Bruce Anderson

Length:

4-pages (2-pages of text, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Bruce Anderson reviews Joe Cogbill's efforts in preparing and competing an ex-FABCAR 944 GTR tube-frame chassis in IMSA GTU racing during 1994. Cogbill made significant modifications to the GTR, which included significantly revised suspension, bodywork and powerplant.


Title:

Title Insurance

Issue:

#44, April 1994, page 82

Author:

David Colman

Length:

6-pages (4½ pages of text, the rest is photos)

Synopsis:

Colman provides a good overview of 944 participation (and success) in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Series, from 1985 to 1993.


Title:

Porsche Leads the Way – In 1992 Production Car Racing

Issue:

#37, February 1993, page 80

Author:

Bob Carlson

Length:

5-pages (2½ pages of text, the rest is photos)

Synopsis:

Carlson reviews the successful campaigning by Porsche in US production car racing during 1991 and 1992. The Porsche 911 Turbo won the IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship both years with equal success for the Porsche 944 S2 in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship.


Title:

924 Rally Cars

Issue:

#29, October 1992, page 104

Author:

Jerry McDermott

Length:

3-pages (slightly over a page of text, the rest is photos)

Synopsis:

The article provide a history of factory and privateer efforts to campaign the 924 in international rally events from 1979 to 1983.


Title:

On The Road Again

Issue:

#27, June 1991, page 86

Author:

David Colman

Length:

4-pages (3-pages of text, 1-page of photos)

Synopsis:

Colman witnesses the creation of the Carlsen Porsche Firehawk Team. This team campaigned a 944 S2 Club Sport in the IMSA Firehawk series in 1991. The article gives an overview of the team members, an account of some pre-season testing at Sears Point and technical details about the S2.


Title:

The Do-It-Yourself Porsche – The 924-D

Issue:

#22, August 1990, page 96

Author:

Jerry McDermott

Length:

3-pages (1-page of text, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Description of the 924-D racecar, developed specially to compete in the SCCA class-D championship. Porsche produced 2 prototypes and 16 cars for PCNA.


Title:

The Porsche 924 At Le Mans

Issue:

#17, October 1989, page 76

Author:

Jerry McDermott

Length:

6-pages (3-pages of text and tables, 3-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

The article chronicles the history of the 924 GTP and 924 GTR at Le Mans , from 1980 to 1982. See also issue #110 above.


Title:

David Finch: Creating Porsche Technology

Issue:

#7, February 1988, page 62

Author:

Laura Culley

Length:

4-pages (2-pages are photos)

Synopsis:

Overview of a RAETECH modified 944S, designed to compete in the SCCA's GT2 class. Among the interesting comments is the claim that the 2.5L 16v normally aspirated engine develops 280-hp at 8,000-rpm.


Title:

Advantage – Vette?

Issue:

#7, February 1988, page 40

Author:

Gene Babow

Length:

2-pages (1-page of photos)

Synopsis:

Overview of the upgraded 944 Turbo championed by Carlsen in the SCCA Escort Series. The new car is based on the 944 Turbo Cup cars and replaces the previous generation 944 Turbos in the Escort series.


Title:

Jenner Racing Carries Porsche Flag Into Trans-Am Territory

Issue:

#6, November 1987, page 64

Author:

Gerry Carrol

Length:

1-page (text and a single photo)

Synopsis:

The article provides an update on the Bruce Jenner Racing Team's efforts at campaigning 944 GTRs in the SCCA Trans-Am Series.