A Porsche 917 LH (Photo : Porsche AG)
Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) announced on August 18 that it will launch a program to preserve Porsche's racing history. The company said it will provide services to collectors of vintage Porsche racecars in North America, similar to the program it already has in existence to service owners and teams of modern 911 racecars.
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PMNA is partnering with a department currently being developed by Porsche AG's Motorsport Division in Weissach, Germany. The department will restore many of the cars in the Porsche Museum to be entered into the international vintage racing circuit.
PMNA will move its operations from Santa Ana to Carson, California, to the West Coast Experience Center currently being built by Porsche Cars North America. The center is slated to open in the fall of 2013.
The center will have on its premises a test track over three miles long that will offer a variety of road conditions. The center will also allow racecar owners to store their cars in the its display area, and take advantage of the center's maintenance and testing facilities.
"Our new, much larger facility will enable us to reunite with race cars that PMNA worked on decades ago," Jens Walter, PMNA's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Finally, we can respond to the demand for factory-backed restoration and maintenance services, expertise that no other manufacturer can provide."
"We want to keep the memory of Porsche's many racing successes alive by not just putting our legendary race cars on display but by letting them actively compete in events that celebrate historic motorsports," said Achim Stejskal, director of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. "Race cars have to race, not rust."