Bruce Anderson’s Porsche 911 Performance Handbook was a strong influence in my early years of 911 engine building. The book was very much to the point and was well written for the average person. Bruce did a great job of getting the important things understood. I had a great deal of respect for Bruce and really enjoyed the too few times that we were able to talk. I will miss Bruce, and our Porsche community has lost a true friend.
I had the pleasure to meet Bruce for the first time when I started to drive for Garretson Enterprises, where Bruce played a major role in 1980. As the “newbie,” I found Bruce to be very knowledgeable, passionate and patient with his young driver! Some years later, my partner David Letterman asked me who he should speak to regarding the purchase of a vintage Porsche. Bruce immediately came to mind, and soon thereafter Bruce advised David on the purchase of his Carrera. Bruce had great integrity and was always willing to help. It is a great shame to hear of his passing.
At many occasions over the years, my Yolande and I were just as likely to share a good meal and fine wine with Bruce and Stephanie as discuss the latest Porsche racing issues. But make no mistake about it, Bruce’s technical expertise was vast, and his writing skills brought that knowledge to life. His enthusiasm for knowledge and his ability and desire to communicate that knowledge to others made Bruce Anderson a very special person, and he will be missed by us, his friends and Porsche owners alike.