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LEONARD TURNER PORSCHE PIC THE LAST TURN LeMans 2000

The 2000 Le Mans race was not a high water mark for Porsche. The factory sent no prototypes, so there was only a clamor of GT2 and GT3 911s to carry the banner. Audi, without much competition at the top, finished 1-2-3, and there were no Porsches at all in the top 10. Not the best year to pick to make the pilgrimage across the pond to see the 24 …

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1993 Porsche Boxster Prototype seen from rear

Some 20 years on it may seem strange, but Porsche was in a world of pain in the ‘90s. Sales were slow, money was tight, and the 924-944 series had been around for a very long time, eventually breathing its last via the relatively short-lived 968: a great car, but not enough different to be more than a stopgap. The factory had planted rumors of a …

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904 at Sebring 1965-wm

1965 was an exhilarating time for a pair of seriously committed young Porsche enthusiasts making the pilgrimage from Atlanta to Sebring in a 356 coupe. It was the second year that the Porsche factory had brought the stunningly beautiful 904 out to play with the four, five, and six-liter monsters from other manufacturers. In the inaugural year, …

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The infamous flying Porsche seen before the start of Petit Le Mans in 1998

It was the inaugural year for Don Panoz’s Petit Le Mans race, held on the newly reconfigured Road Atlanta track, and Ferraris and Porsches were thick on the ground, piloted by any number of very well-known drivers. Porsche brought its GT1-98, rather different in a vaguely arachnid sort of way from the original more zaftig GT-1, for Alan McNish and …

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Russia’s Frozen Lake Baikal Is An Epic Backdrop For Porsche’s Newest Adventure #PlugIntoSiberia

Porsche panamera hybrid siberia lake baikal

For the next 12 days a group of 12 journalists will travel a total of 7000 kilometers across Siberia from Irkutsk (near Russia's Lake Baikal) to Ekaterinburg (in the Ural Mountains) on a trip known as "Plug Into Siberia". The average temperatures in Siberia during the coming weeks will hover at around minus 20 degrees. This is permafrost country …

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Porsche Weissach Facility photographed by Leonard Turner

It had been a vigorous day of shooting, with several hundred images already made in and around Porsche’s center in Leipzig. The trip, showcasing the new Cayenne Turbo on a cold and drizzly February day in 2006, had given us the chance to drive this potent monster on both Porsche’s highly technical test track, with its various corners inspired by …

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Vic Elford hairpin turn Porsche 908 Sebring

Sebring in the 60’s was a magical place, unlike any other race track I’ve seen since. This shot was done in 1969, a short while before I began shooting for Panorama. It was my 6th year at Sebring, and I had pretty much learned where I wanted to shoot and some of the Sebring survival tactics, like intentionally dehydrating so you could minimize …

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Roger Penske Sebring 2008

Everyone who has done more than scratch the surface of Porsche’s history knows the name of Roger Penske. Following a relatively brief but highly successful time as a driver —his first race win was in an old Spyder- Penske became a team owner and manager. Over the course of his career he has been involved in everything from sports cars to F1 to Indy …

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Leonard Turner Porsche Photography

In very early 2007, we had the great good fortune to be invited to Weissach — famous for its R and D, but also where racing Porsches were actually made — to see the newly transformed facility, double the size of the previous one. Those were the days of the RS Spyder; 001 was on the test track that day, 005 was almost completed, and work was …

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Derek Bell Repairing a Porsche 917 at Watkins Glenn

1971 was a sort of a watershed year for me; I had become involved with shooting for Panorama, and had done the events at Daytona and Sebring. I hadn’t ever been to Watkins Glen, but a good friend was to race his 911 L (on the same track with 917s!). Three of us flew up in a Cessna with another friend and I shot the race, though there was never a …

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