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Porsche 911Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Racing has been a large part of the human culture. The most famous races in ancient Rome that spurred the sport forward even more. Today, racing cars is still a smashing hit. From Rally Races to Formula 1 there’s something about the speed that catches the breath. In all of this, there is a car that has risen above the rest and has become a benchmark. In every race it has entered it has won most all of them. Incredible in design and leading the pack, it is, the Porsche 911.
It all started in 1961 in Stuttgart, Germany as the Porsche 901. When the first few began to roll out of the factory, Porsche realized they had ruffled a
few feathers with their new model. The problem was in the name Porsche had used. A French car manufacturer called Peugeot, had complained about their exclusive rights to use 3 digit and a 0 in the middle model numbers. Before any intense legal fights could begin, Porsche added a 1 to it’s newest model and thus creating the Porsche 911. Only 82 Porsche’s 901’s were built, before the name change in 1964.
The Porsche 911 is a German sports car that has remained true to it’s roots after all the years of change and advancement. It has continued to be a benchmark for other sport car designers and racers. The 911 could arguably stated as Porsche’s most important release in their history. It came at a rough time in the world and in the economy. They built the legend, because they needed a legend to be born. The world was going through a recession and in order to stay in business Porsche knew they needed to come up with something that could keep them afloat. It was their decision to not go down without a fight that pushed their brand to the front of the pack and inspired later models.
Since the Porsche 911 is a sports car it’s no surprise when you see one race. What is surprising is what happened in the 70’s when Porsche really began to take off. The beautifully designed 911 won its first World Championship for Makes in 1976 and continued on as the reigning champ to 1979. Each win was with a 911 derived model and proved just how powerful they were. The World Championship wasn’t the only race that the 911 won. In 1970 the 911 Carrera RSR won Targa Florio and 24 Hours of Daytona. It were these races that made the legend what it is today. These races are what built the 911 reputation and caused envy in many drivers. In fact, when Porsche introduced the 911 Carrera 4S (4 because it has 4-wheel drive) other racers got very upset. They said it was an “unfair advantage” to their own vehicles and attempted to disqualify the Porsche.
The Porsche 911 has accomplished many things. It has become a symbol of greatness and speed. It is important to highlight the vehicles that make big changes or big statements to the rest of the world. Porsche certainly did so when they created the 911. If you’re interested in taking a look at a legend or test driving one we have two in stock right now, click the links below for more.
Porsche 911’s currently for sale at AlphaCars
Value: The value of a Porsche 911 is different than most sports cars. They depreciate the least. This is because of the 911’s longevity, durability, and its steady demand from the general population all over the world.
Popularity: The Porsche 911 is the most popular vehicle Porsche sells.
Colors: Red, black, and white is the is the most popular color scheme.
Name: Porsche, pronounced “Por” “Shuh”
2018 National Ural Demo DayFriday, March 16th, 2018
2018 NATIONAL URAL DEMO DAY
MARCH 24TH, 2018
9 am – 6 pm
649 Massachusetts Ave.
Boxborough, MA 01719
108 Lafayette Rd
North Hampton, NH 03862
Ural National Demo Day is a spring celebration held throughout the country. It is a perfect event for both current Ural owners and for those of you who have never been on a sidecar before.
Come out and meet us, check out the new models , swap stories with local riders and just have a good time!
Already own a Ural? Take 10% off any in stock accessories. Bring your gear!
We will be offering refreshments so feel free to bring the family and the dogs too! Hope to see you there!
Let us know you’re interested by checking in on Facebook! Facebook Event: Ural Demo Day
Coffee, Donuts, Prizes
Come on out and grab some donuts or coffee. Full bellies make for better rides.
Stick around for a chance to win prizes as well.
Never been on a Ural before?! This is perfect for you. From comprehensive overviews of current models to a sidecar skills course. You will see all Ural has to offer.
Nice to Meet You!
Get a chance to mingle with Ural owners. The Ural family is one of the closest and most friendly groups there is! Come out, ask questions, and listen to some great Ural stories.
History of UralWednesday, March 14th, 2018
The Pact that Jump Started Ural
On August 23, 1939 the Soviet Union and Germany signed the Molotov/Ribbentrop Pact or the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact in Moscow, but it didn’t mean tensions between the two countries were lessened. Stalin began planning and preparing for when this pact would no longer be in play. He only needed time to prepare his army who were tremendously ill equipped to be at war with Nazi Germany. The biggest concern at the time was to defend their country from invasion. To do this, Stalin needed to enhance his army by giving them modernized equipment. Ground troops and Special Forces were priority. Stalin had seen the devastating effects of the blitzkrieg on Poland and he knew mobilization was the key to victory. The current state of their vehicles were unreliable and did not suit their needs anymore. They needed something new in which they could rely on.
With a pact like this no one was sure when it would end or be violated, the urgency of the situation was sensed by everyone. Discussions began on what type of motorcycle to use for their reconnaissance team and other mobile troops. It needed to be able to handle the rough terrain of the countryside and be able to carry at least two people. Two people on a bike so one could shoot on a gun mount if they came under enemy fire. They decided that BMW’s R71 would suit their needs. This could be difficult seeing as BMW’s factory was in Germany. Surprisingly, to show that they were upholding their end of the pact, the BMW factory sent drawings and molds of the bike. The Soviet Union also purchased 5 of the motorcycles from Sweden and had them smuggled into the country, one of which survived and is on display in IMZ-Ural factory museum. When the 5 BMW bikes arrived, Soviet engineers set to work taking them apart and then reverse engineered the entire bike. Finally, in 1941, the samples (called the M-72) were given to Stalin, who approved the project for immediate mass production where 9,799 M-72’s would be manufactured and used over the course of the war.
In 1941 Nazi Germany attacked, just as Stalin knew they would; and with their attack came a new serious problem. Most of the Soviet Union’s key industrial factories – who were supplying them with military weapons and vehicles – were within range of German bombers, even in Moscow. Stalin ordered an evacuation and relocation of all the factories.
The M-72 factory was transferred into a small trading town called Irbit in the Ural Mountain Region. It had been a key player in trade until the Revolution in 1917. Once the M-72 factory moved it continued production of the military use vehicles even after the war had ended. Later, the motorcycles manufactured in Irbit became known as Urals and the manufacturer was called Irbit Motorcycle Works (IMZ). In early 1950’s a factory in Ukraine took over military Ural production, IMZ continued to make their motorcycles for both military and civilian use, but in early 1960’s they were solely making Urals for civilian use. Between the switch of military production between IMZ and Ukraine factory the M-72 line was sold to China in 1957, and would later make their own version called the Chiang Jiang.
Win a Limited Edition Ural BaikalThursday, March 8th, 2018
We are excited to announce that our Limited Edition Ural Baikal will be offered in a giveaway at Mohegan Sun. We are excited that Mohegan sun reached out to us for this special opportunity to showcase one of our motorcycles in their casino.
From February 1st – March 30th only at Mohegan Sun you can enter to win a 2017 Limited Edition Ural Baikal. For every day you swipe your Momentum card at a kiosk you get an entry into the grand prize giveaway on March 30th. Double your entries on March 30th between 6am and 4pm when you swipe your Momentum card! Right now, you can see our bike on display at Mohegan Sun.
For more information follow the link below:
A big thanks to Mohegan Sun for providing us with great photos of our bike on display.
Have some fun over the next couple months as you continue to heighten your chances of winning this beautiful limited edition Ural!