The Porsche 924 Carreras: Evolution to Excellence

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This is the story of an incredible and very rare car. The 924 Carrera was widely reported at the time as being one of the greatest of the Porsche 'specials,' but has been overshadowed in history by other models. Here, for the first time, is the definitive story of the Porsche 924 Carrera. One of the great supercars of the 1980s, the 924 Carrera was considered by many to have better handling characteristics than Porsche's flagship 911. The book features interviews with many of those involved with the car at the time, both in Europe and the USA, together with race stories, statistics, and a unique expose of component failures during racing. Road tests examined the 210bhp, 150mph road car's performance, magazines hailed it as one of the greatest Porsche 'specials,' and rumor says that the last front-engined models could have threatened the sales of Porsche's flagship 911, causing the front engined 968 model to be 'killed off.' From its early conceptual phase and the 924 Rallye Turbo of 1979, to the prototype 924 GTR/P that tested at the Paul Ricard Circuit and went on to place sixth at Le Mans in 1980, this book records the model's evolution to excellence, based on extensive research in Porsche AG's own archives. It covers the 406 Homologation models, built to qualify for Le Mans, and the 59 very special competition models, as well as the 17 GTR racing models. With race details covering Europe and the USA, from the Sports Car Club of America production D racers, to the GTO and Trans Am class 924 GTRs of the mid-80s, this is the first time that the full history of this rare supercar has been told.

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Roy Smith retired from business in 2003, and with a lifetime passion for motor sport entered the world of motoring writing. He was not new to this field, having written in the 1960s for several club magazines. A 40-year business career developed an attention to detail that is crucial to writing works such as this. He is an award winning member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. Roy has also had work shortlisted for the Historic Motor Sport Publication of the Year. He regularly writes specialist articles for websites and magazines in the UK and internationally.

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"Roy Smith has a happy knack of uncovering relatively obscure chapters of motor racing history and bringing them into the light with compelling new detail ... Now he has done it again with his most recent effort ... Porsche 924 Carrera is a fine book: Porsche is the most written-about car company in the world and Roy Smith's achievement is to have found much original material when so many other works on Porsche tend to cover well trodden ground." - Kieron Fennelly



"remarkably in-depth ... Roy Smith has trawled the company's archives to produce a comprehensive hardback, and the result is impressive ... a highly readable account" - Classic & Sports Car (UK)

"It's high time there was a lavish, scholarly and thorough book on the 924 Carrera, and Roy P. Smith has delivered in style ... This is a beautiful book, with an enormous collection of period photography sitting alongside excellently researched, but still enjoyably readable, text. It's a solid addition to any Porsche bookshelf, but if you're a fan or owner of a 924 Carrera then it's a must-have. There's no better history of the model available." - All Torque magazine



"[The book's] appeal is sure to go beyond Porsche fans." - Auto Express

"Roy Smith's book underlines the credentials of the 924 as a 'real' Porsche with the warmth and passion that comes from being a proud owner himself." - Classic Car Weekly

"There are plenty of fresh quotes ... along with some super images ... much to like." - Octane

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