That's the quote from Achim Stejskal, director of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. What he's referring to is the announcement that Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) is expanding their offerings to include servicing teams and owners of vintage Porsche race cars as well as the contemporary 911 race cars they currently work with.
“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,” he added with a smile.
As part of this expansion PMNA will relocate from their current home of Santa Ana, CA to Carson, CA where PCNA is building the West Coast Experience Center. Aside from housing PMNA’s offices, parts storage and workshop facilities, the new complex will incorporate a business and conference center, a human performance laboratory and a number of facilities for customers and enthusiasts that will enable them to finalize selection of their next Porsche or hone their driving skills. The new facility is expected to be ready by fall of next year.
“Our new, much larger facility will enable us to reunite with race cars that PMNA worked on decades ago”, commented Jens Walter, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. “Finally, we can respond to the demand for factory-backed restoration and maintenance services, expertise that no other manufacturer can provide,” he added.
A key component of Porsche’s new Experience Center will be an over three-mile long test track that includes a whole range of different track and surface conditions, which will challenge the skills of drivers and the capacity of their cars. As an industry first, PMNA will be able to offer race car owners the opportunity to store their cars in the new facility in a museum-like atmosphere, service them between races and get them race ready before each outing including the necessary shakedown / roll-out on the test track after repair and maintenance work.
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