Meet the Porsche technician who's worked on every era of 911
Who would you trust with your Porsche? Larry Moulton is your guy. He’s been working on them for more than half a century…
Porsche has recently recognised 126 technicians for more than 20 years of customer service. As far as knowledge outside the development facilities go, these guys can boast the greatest technical knowledge on any Porsche model by far. But none more so than Larry Moulton of Porsche Salt Lake City.
Moulton, 74, is a Gold Level Porsche Certified Master Technician who has spent 56 years working on Porsche sports cars, including 53 years with Strong Auto Group in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Servicing Porsches since 1962, a year before the debut of the now legendary 911, the German car manufacturer admired Moulton’s efforts as the longest-tenured U.S Porsche dealership technician in a ceremony launching a new award by PCNA; Porsche Cars North America.
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‘The 190 independently owned and operated U.S. Porsche dealerships have some of the industry’s most experienced hands taking care of cars for customers. The new Technician Tenure Award is meant to honor them,’ a Porsche spokesman explained.
On the same day as Larry received recognition for his work, a further 125 technicians across America received their own personalised award for more than 20 year’s service to the brand.
The award will now be celebrated annually with those trumpeting 20, 30, 40 and 50-plus years of technician work in the crosshairs for acknowledgement. Combined, the technicians honoured in this first round of awards have 4,067 years of experience working on Porsche cars.
Moulton received his award from Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA, on Nov 1 at Porsche Salt Lake City, one of the oldest Porsche dealerships in the U.S.
“About 70 percent of all Porsche cars ever made are still on the road today,” said Zellmer. “The high-quality work of our technicians helps keep them going. We want to recognize our employees’ loyalty and expertise, which have such an important impact on the Porsche customer experience.”
PCNA is unveiling the Technician Tenure Award as the automotive industry is experiencing major shifts, including higher turnover among dealership technicians. Porsche is aiming to buck that trend. Of the more than 1300 current Porsche technicians in the U.S, 126 of them have spent 20 or more years with the company,
Designed by Dustin Gilleland at Porsche Cars North America’s headquarters in Atlanta, each of the 18-pound steel awards are hand-fabricated by Fuller Moto in Atlanta.
The award’s backdrop represents the roofline and signage of the original Porsche factory in Stuttgart, Germany. The curved front of each award represents the updated Generation 4 design of current Porsche dealerships. Each award also features a cut section of a Porsche ceramic composite brake rotor as a symbol of the work technicians do and a model car to represent the decade the technician joined Porsche.
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