‘Need for Speed’

Park Place technician restores another vintage Porsche

Park Place Porsche Dallas service technician Seantrel Sloan has been at it again – restoring another classic car with competition-worthy parts.

In 2021, he finished second in the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge with his work on a 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa.

The nationwide contest drew entries from 40 dealerships, including Porsche 356 models from as early as 1956, five generations of the 911, transaxle models like the 944 and 928, and modern classics such as the first-generation Boxster.

Seantrel Sloan’s work on a rare 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa earned a second-place national finish in the 2021 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge. 

This year Park Place Porsche is entering a Guards Red 1996 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera, which Sloan, 27, recently completed during a year-long restoration.  

“I’m honored our clients entrust me with their classic Porsches,” Sloan said.

The Lemmon Avenue dealership revealed the restored car to the Maverick Region Porsche Club of America during a Coffee and Classics meet over the summer.

One of the biggest challenges for Sloan and his Park Place colleagues was sourcing parts for the nearly 30-year-old sports car. The national competition requires all parts to be original manufacturer’s parts from Porsche.

Sloan’s love of the Porsche brand began when he was just 8.

“My grandfather bought me the ‘Need for Speed’ video game dedicated to Porsches,” Sloan said. “I learned everything about every car in the game. And I fell in love with the brand – the heritage, the tradition.”

Sloan grew up in Dallas, graduating in 2013 from Duncanville High School. He worked as a car washer/valet at Park Place while attending Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Irving to receive his automotive technician certification, graduating in 2014. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he returned to work at Porsche Dallas as a technician.

“Every single car that I’ve touched in the shop, I’ve driven in the game,” Sloan said. “And now I’ve had the opportunity to drive those cars with my own hands and feet. To be a Porsche Classic Tech, and keep these cars on the road today, is an honor.” 

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