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To­tal 911 was sad­dened by news of former Porsche CEO Peter Schutz’s pass­ing at the end of Oc­to­ber. Schutz’s life and, in par­tic­u­lar, his stint at the helm of Porsche should be cause for great cel­e­bra­tion. The story is well told of how, in his early days in the job, Schutz learned of the com­pany’s in­ten­tion to cull pro­duc­tion of its 911 sports car in favour of the transaxle mod­els. His in­sis­tence in con­tin­u­ing its man­u­fac­ture, fa­mously ex­tend­ing the 911’s pro­duc­tion time­line past its in­tended cut-off date, off the chart and along his of­fice wall, is the stuff of leg­end, and per­haps the sin­gle most im­por­tant mo­ment in the car’s life­time. Sim­ply put, if it wasn’t for him, the 911 would have ceased pro­duc­tion in the early 1980s, and that would have been that.

The reper­cus­sions of Schutz’s ac­tions are huge, and still di­rectly af­fect you to­day. For starters, you wouldn’t be read­ing this very mag­a­zine, which likely wouldn’t ex­ist, and you may not even own a 911 full stop. To think of it! Of course, Schutz did far more than just save Porsche’s most im­por­tant sports car ever, which you can read all about from page 64 in our trib­ute to the late, great former CEO.

Need­less to say, I’d like to ded­i­cate this is­sue to Herr Schutz, whose fore­sight and de­ter­mi­na­tion en­sured we can all con­tinue en­joy­ing th­ese in­cred­i­ble sports cars to this day. But we can all do more than that. If you own a 911 from model year 1982 or on­wards, you owe a drive to Porsche’s ballsy former CEO who, at the time, ap­pre­ci­ated the Ne­unelfer more than his com­pany did. Time to get that flat six fired up!

“If you own a 911 from model year 1982 or on­wards, you owe a drive to Porsche’s former CEO”

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