Dealership mechanic Larry Moulton was 18 when he began working on Porsches in 1962, a time when the curvy 356 model was still in production and the iconic 911 was a year away from debuting.
On Thursday, Moulton of Porsche Salt Lake City was recognized as the longest-tenured U.S. Porsche dealership technician in a Porsche Cars North America ceremony that launches a new awards program for mechanics.
Along with Moulton, 125 other Porsche technicians across the U.S. received personalized awards for 20 or more years of service to the brand.
From now on, the Technician Tenure Award (each weighing 18 lbs./17.7 kg) will go annually to those with 20, 30, 40, and 50-plus years of technician work. Combined, this year’s honorees have racked up 4,067 years of experience.
“About 70% of all Porsche cars ever made are still on the road today,” Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of PCNA, says at Porsche Salt Lake City, one of the oldest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. There are 190 outlets nationwide.
“The high-quality work of our technicians helps keep them going,” he says of the vehicles’ longevity. “We want to recognize our employees’ loyalty and expertise, which have such an important impact on the Porsche customer experience.”
Of the more than 1,300 current Porsche technicians in the U.S., 126 of them have spent 20 or more years with the German luxury sports brand.
Moulton, 74, is a Gold Level Porsche Certified Master Technician who has spent 56 years working on Porsches, including 53 years with Strong Auto Group in Salt Lake City.