Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 2: 12 Hours of Sebring, USA
Porsche aims to repeat last year’s victory at Florida’s sports car classic
Stuttgart. The Sebring 12 Hours is the oldest and toughest sports car race in the USA. Three Porsche 911 RSR will tackle the GTLM class at the 63rd running of the prestigious classic contested on the Sebring International Raceway on 21 March.
For the Porsche North America works team and the Falken Tire customer squad, eight works drivers will do their utmost to repeat Porsche’s win from last year on the airfield circuit in the heart of Florida, which is notorious for its bumpy surface. With 18 overall victories and 67 class wins, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of the Sebring 12 hour race.
Last year’s winners Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) as well as Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) share driving duties in the number 912 vehicle.
Tackling the race for the Falken Tire customer outfit are the Porsche works drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA), reinforced by Bryan Sellers (USA). Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA) contests the GTD class at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT America fielded by Muehlner Motorsports.
The Porsche vehicles
The Porsche 911 GT America, built specifically for the GTD class of the 2014-inaugurated Tudor United SportsCar Championship, features a four-litre, six-cylinder engine and also produces 470 hp. The vehicle is an improved version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the most successful and widely-produced race car in the world.
Comments before the race
Patrick Pilet (#911): “Sebring is a very special race on a very special circuit. It’s always a hard fight for victory and the avid fans give the whole event a fantastic ambience.”
Nick Tandy (#911): “It’s always a highlight to compete in Sebring, regardless in which series you compete for the rest of the year. On this storied track you truly breathe sports car history and that fascinates me.”
Richard Lietz (#911): “Sebring is a race that throws extremes at you. You can’t afford to make the slightest error – if you do you have no chance.”
Earl Bamber (#912): “It didn’t go so well for us at Daytona, so now I’m hoping we can make up lost ground in the championship at Sebring.”
Jörg Bergmeister (#912): “Sebring is a real classic. To drive at the limit on this bumpy track takes everything from a driver. But it’s always huge fun.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (#912): “At Daytona we weren’t able to really underline the potential of the 911 RSR over the whole distance. Now I’m hoping we can do this in Sebring and fight for victory.”
Wolf Henzler (#17): “Last year Sebring was the first race with the 911 RSR for my Falken Tire team. Since then we’ve won Petit Le Mans and now I reckon our chances for victory in Sebring look good as well.”
Patrick Long (#17): “Even though I’m concentrating on my WEC campaign with Patrick Dempsey, I’m looking forward to the chance of supporting Wolf and Bryan in Sebring.”
This is the Tudor United SportsCar Championship
The series was formed from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in four different classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona), P (Prototype) and PC (Prototype Challenge). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in the GTLM class, with the Porsche 911 GT America contesting the GTD class.
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Porsche aims to repeat last year’s victory at Florida’s sports car classic, 12 Hours of Sebring, USA
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The Harrison Porsche Collection
Maxted-Page Limited is very proud to be the appointed agents in offering for sale The Harrison Porsche Collection
5 Porsches out 7 are still available for sale.
A wide and significant collection of rare, road and competition Porsches, passionately acquired and owned by Gerald Harrison over the last 10 years.
Gerald Harrison’s passion for speed and adventure on land, sea and in the air has taken him into new directions within aviation, which now consumes most of his time, leaving little time to drive and enjoy this fine collection of Porsches.
A rare opportunity for the serious collector and or historic racing driver to acquire some of the most highly sought after and exceptional historic Porsche’s, which rarely ever come to the market together in this way.
Read on about The Harrison Porsche Collection from Maxted-Page, and head to their website here for more.
1966 Targa Florio & European Sportscar Championship – First production built Carrera 6
Images via Maxted-Page
Photography credits – Fluid Images, Serger Giesbers & Maxted-Page Limited.
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14 March 2012 – This Fabulous rebuilt, fast and historic 1964 Porsche 904 GTS has been made available for sale by Maxted-Page as part of the Harrison Porsche Collection.
Which comes fully race-prepared, complete with a set of spare wheels, FIA HTP paperwork, Monaco road registration and a comprehensively documented history file.at Maxted-Page.
Read on for the official word and the car’s full racing history from Maxted-Page, and head to their website here for more.
Chassis #904 068
The 904 GTS was launched in 1964 as a successor to the 1957-introduced type 718 model, which had been previously been campaigned by both the factory and privateers worldwide, essentially as an aluminium-bodied open-cockpit sports-racing spyder, constructed on a tubular space frame.
The new 904 GTS – a mid-engined two-seater coupe – would have neither a tubular space-frame nor an aluminium body and represented a completely new design phase. In an effort to reduce production costs and build a minimum of 100 cars in order to homologate the 904 into the Grand Touring Class, the 904 was constructed from a box-section steel chassis and a fibreglass body, realised by the Heinkel Fleugzeugbau aircraft company who had spare capacity at the time.
One hundred and sixteen cars were built, mostly powered by a 180hp 2.0 litre 4-cylinder four-cam engine originally designed by Ernst Fuhmann in the 1950s. Towards the end of 904 production, however, a small batch of cars were also homologated and fitted with a 6-cylinder (2.0 911-derived) engine with twin triple-choke Weber carburettors and twin-plug ignition, thus raising the power output to nearer 210hp.
The race prepared 904 GTS weighed just 655 kgs and through 1964-65 achieved considerable international competition success at everything from hill climbs and the Monte Carlo Rally right up to the World Sporstcar Championship and long distance 24-hour endurance races.
Chassis 904 068
A well-known Porsche 904 which raced in the Americas during the mid-1960s. This beautifully re-built and well-documented 904 GTS was supplied new in June 1964 via Brumos in Jacksonville/Florida, USA to Bruce Jones Jr. of Macon, Georgia finished in Silbermetallic with Blau Velour interior.
Bruce Jones Jr. covered just 5788kms before the car was returned to Brumos to be prepared for future, famed Porsche racer Peter Gregg to drive.
Gregg would become the owner of Brumos Porschein August 1965 and began to race ‘068’ extensively in the US and Bahamas between 1964-66. Latterly teaming up with co-driver George Drolsom in 1966, the pair finished 3rd in class with ‘068’ in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour race.
904 068 – Competition history with Brumos Porsche
Daytona (National Race)
Nassau Tourist Trophy
Nassau Governors Trophy
Daytona Continental 2000 kms
Peter Gregg / George Barber
8th (2nd in class)
Bridgehampton Vanderbilt Cup
Osceola (Florida) SCCA
Daytona SCCA National
Daytona SCCA National
Daytona – Paul Whiteman Trophy
Nassau Tourist Trophy
2nd (1st in class)
11th (2nd in class)
Daytona 24 hrs
Peter Gregg / George Drolsom
10th (3rd in class)
Following the 1966 Daytona 24hrs, Brumos sold ‘068’ to the father of a young, amateur racer from Jacksonville named Bill Hall. Soon after, however, Hall unfortunately had a tragic accident racing the 904 at an SCCA race in Savannah, Georgia and the car was split in half. The wreck was returned to Brumos where it remained un-repaired.
In 1971 the remains were sold on to fellow Porsche racer and US Porsche Distributor, Vasek Polak. In 1972, it is known that parts of the suspension were removed and used by Dieter Inzenhofer, Polak’s chief mechanic, to rebuild 904-064, but the rest of ‘068’ was untouched and remained in storage in Polak’s warehouse for the next 25 years.
By the late nineties, Polak had started to discuss rebuilding the car and sent it to US Porsche restoration specialist Kevin Jeanette of Gunnar Racing, Florida but passed away in 1997 just before the project started. However, through Jeanette in 2000, ‘068’ was sold to Michael Robottom of Jersey who commissioned Jeanette to completely rebuild the car as Polak had intended.
A lengthy, multi-year restoration followed with meticulous attention paid to every detail before ‘068’ was finally completed in 2009 and fitted with a newly-built (2.0 litre 6-cylinder twin-plug) race engine and correct 904 gearbox. Upon completion, the car was exhibited at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and won the trophy for ‘Best Race Car’
In 2010, ‘068’ was shipped and imported into the UK by Michael Robottom, whereupon it was UK road-registered and import duties paid. It was then acquired, via ourselves, by the Harrison collection and fully prepared for historic competition use by our sister company, Maxted-Page & Prill Ltd.
The car was entered and raced by Gerald and Chloe Harrison in the competition category of the 2011 Tour Auto later in the same year raced in the 2011 Spa 6 hours endurance race.
Recently the 904 featured in the 2011 Spa Six Hour endurance pre-1965 Touring and GT race where it performed faultlessly throughout.
Click here for a race report featured on the sister site Maxted-Page and Prill, and to see some in car footage from the day follow this link: www.youtube.com/904
Images via Maxted-Page
1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder sold for $4.4 million most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction in the world
Led by the Record-Breaking $4.4 million Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, Gooding & Company Realizes an Outstanding $36 million Amelia Island Auction
The top-selling lot of the weekend in Amelia Island, the $4.4 million 1973 Porsche 917 Can-Am Spyder Sets a Double Record for a Porsche and a 917 at Auction. Ten Cars Sold for More Than $1 Million Each Eleven World Records Realized with 91% Sold
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (March 10, 2012) – Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce more than $36 million in sales from 70 out of 77 lots sold at its Amelia Island Auction, more than doubling its results from 2010 and establishing a new auction record for Amelia Island.
Led by many extraordinary Porsche racing cars that were part of the Drendel Family Collection, 11 world records were achieved. The top-selling lot of the Amelia Island weekend, the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder sold for $4.4 million and is now the most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction in the world.
President and founder David Gooding and Auctioneer Charlie Ross entertained guests throughout the day’s many auction highlights which included lively bidding wars, more than ten individual sales over a million dollars and a surprise stage appearance by Derek Bell. The world-renowned race car driver introduced the significant 1984 Porsche 962, which he piloted in one of the most competitive races in Daytona history.
In addition to the 17 exceptional Drendel Family Collection Porsches that sold for more than $17.7million. Gooding & Company auctioned off a wide variety of unique collector cars, such as the 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder that sold for $3.685 million, the 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe that sold for $1.375 million and the 1948 Tucker 48 that sold for $1.32 million.
“We are extremely pleased with our $36 million auction results, as it underscores the continued strength at the top of the collector car market,” says David Gooding, President and founder. “I’m proud of ourteam, delighted for our clients and I believe we managed to raise the bar this weekend on many levels.”
In response to the successful results, Charlie Ross, Gooding & Company’s acclaimed auctioneer said,
“Yet again, our Amelia Island Auction proved that, if you have the best, the sky is the limit!”
Gooding & Company realized 11 outstanding world records yesterday, listed as follows:
• The 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder (lot 57) at $4,400,000,
a double world auction record for a Porsche and a 917.
• The 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder (lot 15) at $3,685,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 550 Spyder.
• The 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 (lot 55) at $3,245,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 911.
• The 1976 Porsche 935/76 (lot 47) at $2,530,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 935.
• The 1984 Porsche 962 (lot 53) at $1,925,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 962.
• The 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution (lot 49) at $1,265,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 911 GT1.
• The 1967 Porsche 906E (lot 69) at $1,001,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 906.
• The 1976 Porsche 934 (lot 51) at $891,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 934.
• The 1980 Porsche 924 GTP (lot 48) at $385,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 924.
• The 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS (lot 60) at $346,500,
a world auction record for a Porsche 968.
• The 1981 Porsche 944 GTP (lot 58) at $308,000,
a world auction record for a Porsche 944.
Gooding & Company’s top ten results from Friday’s auction are as follows:
• 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder at $4,400,000 (lot 57)
• 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder at $3,685,000 (lot 15)
• 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 at $3,245,000 (lot 55)
• 1976 Porsche 935/76 at $2,530,000 (lot 47)
• 1984 Porsche 962 at $1,925,000 (lot 53)
• 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe at $1,375,000 (lot 71)
• 1948 Tucker 48 at $1,320,000 (lot 78)
• 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution at $1,265,000 (lot 49)
• 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider at $1,001,000 (lot 33)
• 1967 Porsche 906E at $1,001,000 (lot 69)
*Prices are in US Dollars, including buyer’s premium. Gooding & Company is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.
A complete list of prices realized is posted on Goodingco.com following every auction.
Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction $36 Million Results
About Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management.
In the past two years, Gooding & Company hasrealized the most prestigious automotive records in the world for a Car Sold at Auction with the iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype at $16.39 million, an American Car at Auction with the 1931 Whittell Coupe Duesenberg Model J at $10.34 million, and the undisclosed private treaty sale of the world’s Most Valuable Car with the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.
The auction house ignited 2012 when it achieved extraordinary results at its annual Scottsdale Auctions in January with more than $39.8 million in sales and 98% sold.
Renowned for its annual standing as the official auction house for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company will return to Pebble Beach, California on August 18 & 19, 2012.
About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Beginning a new chapter in its nearly 40-year heritage, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is undergoing an extensive re-imagination project.
As Florida’s award-winning island destination, the resort is recognized for offering a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature, rich in recreational activities.
The certified Green Lodging Destination is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, lush marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway, located just north of Jacksonville, Fla.
The property sits on three-and-a-half miles of wide, uncrowded beaches and includes 49,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 54 holes of championship golf; 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts; award-winning recreation programs; a shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and gift shops as well as the nature-inspired signature spa; a state-of-the-art fitness center; nine culinary options ranging from casual to fine dining; kids camps; and numerous activities for adventurers including water sports, horseback riding, walking, hiking and Segway tours.
With 249 guest rooms in the oceanfront resort, the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation Resort offer 300 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with ocean, golf or resort views.
For more information, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.
Source: Gooding & Company
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- Finest Porsche Collection of Matt Drendel offered at 2012 Gooding – Amelia Island Auction – March 9th, 2012 (dedeporsche.wordpress.com)
- Porsche 917/30 Can-Am owned by Matthew Drendel sells for £2.8m (thesun.co.uk)
- Million-dollar Porsches highlight record-breaking Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction (autoblog.com)
Start your engines!
One of the most talked-about drawbacks to Forza Motorsport 4 upon it’s release was the lack of Porsche, a brand that has been apart of the franchise since its inception in 2005.
The first look at the Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack, which will arrive on Xbox LIVE on May 22, featuring content and gameplay experiences solely dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic automotive brands.
Porsche Expansion Pack Announcement
Forza Motorsport – March 5, 2012 – by BRIAN EKBERG
This is the kind of news that deserves to be shouted from the rooftops:
Porsche is returning to Forza Motorsport!
Today we’re unveiling the first look at the Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack, which will arrive on Xbox LIVE on May 22, featuring content and gameplay experiences solely dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic automotive brands.
First up, the cars. The Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack will feature 30 incredible Porsche models for you to collect, drive, and customize, including two models announced today: the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic and the 2010 Porsche Boxster S. Seven of the 30 Porsche models that will be featured in the Porsche Expansion Pack are brand new to the Forza franchise—look for more car details to be revealed in the coming weeks.
The Porsche Expansion Pack is more than just cars, however. The pack will also feature 20 brand new Porsche-centric events to be added to your Forza 4 career, as well as 10 new Xbox LIVE Achievements (worth a total of 250 Gamerscore points) all centered around Porsche. In addition, players can expect to see Porsche models in the AI field when racing in events, as well as integrated into Forza 4’s level reward structure.
Upon the release of the Porsche Expansion Pack, fans can expect Porsche-themed Rivals Mode events and new online multiplayer hoppers dedicated to the dozens of Porsche models in the pack. In short, our goal is to deliver the most comprehensive and fun Porsche experience available in any racing game today!
Now, thanks to a new agreement, the marque is back in Forza Motorsport 4 and it’s returning after the short hiatus in grand fashion.
Releasing this May, the Porsche Expansion Pack brings with it 30 vehicles; 23 of which are returning from Forza Motorsport 3, and 7 are all-new to the franchise.
It doesn’t end there, oh no, it also brings with it 20 brand-new Porsche-centric events, 10 new achievements totaling at 250 Gamerscore, and a wealth of online integration as well.
It will be available on said date at 1600 Microsoft Points ($20 USD).
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From Porsche Excellence Magazine photo shoot Sept 2010 issue, feature story
You will see some original sketches done in the early 70’s by the owner in the opening part of video one of the three part videos, along with the exhaust notes coming from the early six cylinder.
You will see Dave Conklin of Porsche Excellence as he goes through his photo shoot and sets up the 904 in different locations.
You will also see the 904 with racing history in motion with the great sounding exhaust note.
Some 904 photos taken during the Porsche Excellence Photo Shoot, in between the filming.
Photo Video Shoot 1 of 3
Photo Video Shoot 2 of 3
Photo Video Shoot 3 of 3
Source: Photos & videos by Nick Moskatow Carrera GTS Club
“904 Driver” Story
A cage-free 904 that’s been on the road since 1972.
Story and Photos by David Conklin
Wow, a 904! ….Is that one of those new kits?” asked the soccer dad leaning out of his “soccer van.” Alex Pollock stepped towards him and replied, “No, that’s the real thing.” “Really? I never thought I would see one of those in Detroit,” said the soccer dad, before dropping his van into gear and slowly pulling away, still glancing back at the diminutive silver racer.
For my part, I’m not sure what’s more out of the ordinary: a 904 in the heart of Detroit or a casual observer in Detroit recognizing it! Detroit is, after all, the home of the Big Three, muscle cars, and rust. While some designers at the domestic automakers indulged themselves with European exotica, “little foreign jobs” weren’t really looked upon kindly here. That was especially true in 1972, when Alex purchased his 904.
Alex’s love affair with Porsche’s first fiberglass flier had started several years earlier and hundreds of miles south of the Motor City — when he was a student at the University of Florida with a passion for sports-car racing. He went to Daytona and Sebring every chance he got. He watched George Follmer win the GT class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in a 904, and promptly fell in love with the car. Away from the track, he purchased a plastic model kit of a 904 and decided that, one day, he would own the real thing.
Once he had graduated from college and was making a good living as an engineer, Alex bought a used 1967 911. He couldn’t shake his hankering for a 904, but as things turned out, the path from plastic model to plastic Porsche was a relatively short one — albeit one punctuated by a move to Detroit and a wedding.
In time, Alex placed a want ad in Hemmings Motor News to see what might surface. Not long after, his phone rang. Uwe Buehl was on the other end, saying that on his lot in Pennsylvania was a 904, white with blue trim and equipped with a four-cam engine that would fit both expectation and budget. It was 904-028, and by 1972 it wasn’t much more than an old, used-up race car. In fact, Alex says he was young and impetuous, and that he should have looked the car over more carefully, calling its condition at the time “tortured.”
The 904 had earned its scars. Its first several years were spent on the racing circuits of Europe. First delivered to Gerhard Koch in Germany, 028 competed in and typically won the GT class in regional Flugplatzrennen (airfield races) in 1964. More noteworthy were a second-place finish in the 500 kilometers of Spa in May and a series of class wins at the Nürburgring, the GP de Paris, and the GP Angola.
With a works ride for 1965, Koch sold 904-028 to Rainer Ising of Munich. Ising and Bernd Degner piloted the car to a significant victory that year: the GT class win in the 84-hour Marathon de la Route at the Nürburgring.
In 1966, the Porsche was brought into the U.S. by Uwe Buehl for yet another new owner, Roger Neuman in Pennsylvania. He kept 904-028 for only one year before selling it to fellow Pennsylvanian Dieter Oest, who campaigned it throughout the 1967 season before replacing it with another 904. Continue reading <<<here>>>
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Porsche Panamera is Europe’s most popular car for the second time
Users of Internet portal AutoScout24 gave pride of place to the Gran Turismo for the second time since 2010.
Dr. Gernot Döllner, Director Product Line Panamera, accepted the evening award on behalf of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart at the Geneva Motor Show.
“The Panamera offers the ideal combination of sportiness and practicality,” said Dr. Döllner.
“With a choice of nine different Panamera models, we offer a model diversity unrivalled by any other competitor in this segment,” Dr. Döllner continued.
The offering comprises economical six-cylinder vehicles, a particularly fuel-efficient diesel and a full-hybrid version, which can be driven on purely electric power. These are complemented by the sporty S, GTS, Turbo or Turbo S models.
The power range extends from 250 hp to 550 hp. The Panamera is available with rear or all-wheel drive, manual transmission, eight-speed automatic transmission or Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK).
Europe’s largest Internet public award offered a choice of 351 models in ten vehicle categories.
Approximately 162,000 online users from eight European countries took part in the ballot.
Source: Porsche AG Media Database
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SAVE THE DATE: URQ Pikes Peak International Hillclimb meet Walter Röhrl — 25th Anniversary July 2012 — 90th Race to the Clouds
July 8th, 2012 will mark the twenty-five year anniversary win of “perhaps” the greatest rally driver of all time—Walter Röhrl. And in recent years, he has been retained as the senior test driver for Porsche road cars
According to Facebook Tim Maskus & Motorgeek.com Forum, and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site) on Facebook ….Audi has just confirmed Walter Rohrl will be attending this years Pikes Peak Hill Climb as a VIP guest.
It is the 25th Aniversary of his record winning run up the Hill. This is great news . Walter Rohrl will be part of this years PPIHC.
Save the date, July 8th, 2012 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb—90th Race to the Clouds.
More Information Here from PPIHC as it comes in, stay tuned.
Cool and collected, Röhrl piloted an Audi sport quattro S1 up the world’s highest highway in record time of 10:47.85 minutes.
Walter Röhrl triumphed at Pikes Peak 25 years ago
* Convincing victory in 1987 in Colorado with Sport quattro S1
* 19.99 kilometres, 156 corners, with over 600 bhp
* Audi won the famous hill-climb race three years running
Of the many rally victories recorded by Audi in the 1980s, the last one was particularly memorable: 25 years ago, on 11 July 1987, Walter Röhrl and his Audi Sport quattro S1 won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the US state of Colorado.
Walter Röhrl and Audi, the best driver and the most successful rallying team at that time, enjoyed a close and always extremely intensive relationship. Röhrl, the world champion of 1980 and 1982, had joined the Ingolstadt team in 1984 at a time when the brand with the four rings dominated the entire rallying scene.
The permanent four-wheel drive system left the rear-wheel-drive competitor vehicles with no chance whatsoever. A mere two years after first testing the Audi quattro at the end of 1980, Audi had already clinched the manufacturers’ world title. The Finn Hannu Mikkola won the drivers’ world championship in 1983, and in the following year Audi took both titles, with Stig Blomqvist from Sweden topping the drivers’ rankings.
Walter Röhrl was emotional and happy following his victory, and seemed close to tears. He later stated:
“All I can say is that it was great to take part. It was crazy, but often it is in fact the crazy things which are the best in life. It was the very pinnacle of what can be done with a rally car.”
To commemorate this victory, ACNA members will gather at the starting line to watch as racers rev their engines, embracing the mighty challenge as they quest for victory, just as Walter did 25 years ago…..http://forums.quattroworld.com/quattro/msgs/6277.phtml
Stay with the video, for the most part not in English..but great video and music to your ears!
It’s a gathering of like-minded Audi enthusiasts that will share a spirit of adventure as they gather for the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb–Race to the Clouds.
About Walter Röhrl:
Walter Röhrl (born 7 March 1947 in Regensburg) is a German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Audi as well asPorsche, Ford and BMW.
At the age of 16, Röhrl began working for the commercial director of a company that legally represented the Bishop of Regensburg along with 6 further Bishops in Bavaria, and skiied in his spare time. In time he became a qualified ski instructor and a keen driver, and became the chauffer to the commercial director, covering up to 120,000 kilometres annually. Some unqualified reports have stated he was once the Bishop’s own driver, but this has been acknowledged as untrue. Having also now been active in sports like skiing, Röhrl was invited to drive his first rally in 1968.
Röhrl was a World Rally Championship favorite throughout the 1970s and 1980s, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times with four different marques. His co-driver for many years was Christian Geistdörfer. His Fiat 131 Abarth carried him to the 1980 title, clinched with his victory in that year’s San Remo rally, but it was arguably his equivalent success in 1982 that impressed most of all, with Röhrl fending off audacious four-wheel drive opposition, led by Audi‘s resurgent Michèle Mouton, to take the title, by virtue of consistency, in his increasingly outmoded rear-drive Opel Ascona 400. It was also during this time that he won the African Rally Championship, in 1982.
In 1983, he joined Lancia to pilot the new, rear-wheel drive Lancia 037, before finally changing his machinery, in 1984, to the four-wheel drive Audi Quattro, an automobile actually incidentally produced in his home state of Bavaria.
Despite being selective in his choice of top-level events, albeit during a time when this was a less unusual occurrence for top-line drivers in the championship, he still scored 14 WRC victories in his career.
Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and called “Genius on Wheels” by Niki Lauda. In the 1992 24 Hours Nürburgring race which saw fog and heavy rain in the night, he hardly slowed down, anticipating the corners by timing. The race was nevertheless interrupted for hours.
Best rally driver of all time
In Italy, a jury selected 100 motor sports experts from around the world named Walter Röhrl as “the best rally driver of all time.”
Here are the standings table from the magazine “Rally-Sprint” (anno numero 3 1/2):
In Italy, he was elected “Rallye driver of the century”. In France he was elected “Rallye driver of the millennium” in November 2000.
In recent years, he has been retained as the senior test driver for Porsche road cars, famously setting quick laptimes for them testing round the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, for example with the Porsche Carrera GT.
Röhrl was expected to make his competitive return to the Nürburgring 24 hour race in 2010 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. However, he was forced to withdraw from the event due to a back injury. It was to be his first 24 hour race in 17 years, since his last start in 1993.
Source: Facebook Tim Maskus & Motorgeek.com Forum, and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site)
- Official: Walter Röhrl and Audi Sport Quattro S1 reuniting for 25th anniversary run up Pikes Peak (autoblog.com)
- Walter Rohrl returns to Pikes Peak – Rally God set to reunite with his Audi Sport quattro S1 on legendary course ( BBC Top Gear http://www.topgear.com ) See more pics of Walter Rohrl’s 1987 Pike’s Peak run
- This year it’ll be different, as it’s the first year where the whole 19.9 kilometre climb is lined with tarmac. Will he be any less sideways? We doubt it.
If you can’t make it to Colorado on July 8th, you can watch Rohrl’s 1987 run below. Once you get past the German bits, there’s some handy footwork, wailing waste-gate chatter, a 2.1-litre five-cylinder engine screaming at 8,000rpm and a long way down if it all goes wrong. You’re going to like it…
Hot cars on ice!
Drivers flex winter driving muscles in redesigned 2012 Porsche 911
“Driving on ice requires very little input from the steering wheel and a lot of input from the accelerator pedal“
Drifting sideways in the all-new Porsche 911 Carrera S is a great feeling.
It’s Porsche Camp4. 30 Pfaff Porsche enthusiasts about to learn all about oversteer and understeer on ice–in brand new Porsches.
For the uninitiated, Kai, the German Porsche Factory driver, explains the differences between oversteer and understeer.
“Ven you understeer, you zee vot you hit. Ven you oversteer, you hear vot you hit.”
Kai,the German Porsche Factory driver explains that a car handles on ice just as it does on tarmac.
The difference is that you reach the limits of adhesion on tarmac at speeds in excess of 150 km/hr. On ice you reach those same limits at 30 km/hr.
Professional driving instructors coach you the entire day. Drive around racecourses carved from ice, swinging cars through slaloms, learning how to drift in large circles on a skid pan.
Driving on ice requires very little input from the steering wheel and a lot of input from the accelerator pedal. When you get it right, you are effectively swinging the car sideways from corner to corner, like the pendulum on an old grandfather clock, in a constant state of oversteer.
The drivers spin out of control more times than one would care to admit, as the instructors stand at the corner exits laughing and doing pirouettes like clumsy ballerinas as drivers slide around the course.
What a blissful day for everyone left smiling. A great way to make fast friends who share a unique understanding of how Porsche cars behaved when driven to the limit.
Porsche 935 K3 – Apple
This is the Apple Computer that car raced at the 1980 Le Mans 24hrs by Allan Moffat for Dick Barbour Racing. Driven by Bobby Rahal, Allan Moffet & Bob Garretson.
Unfortunately they retired after 11hrs with a melted piston. Later that year Rahal and Garretson, along with veteran Brian Redman won the Daytona 24 Hours. Allan Moffat later drove a Mazda RX 7 at Le Mans and finished 14th in 1982.
Before Bobby Rahal raced in the CART series and started Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (the team which builds and races the ALMS 90 and 92 BMW M3s), he drove a Porsche 935 sponsored by Apple Computers.
The Porsche 935 K3 was third in a line of 935 variants developed by Kremer Racing, the Kremer 3 (K3) had a twin-turbocharged, 3.2 litre flat six motor producing upwards of 740 to 800bhp.
But power alone would not be enough to battle the factory built 935’s so Kremer Racing focused on shedding weight. They replaced the factory fitted air-to-water intercooler with an air-to-air intercooler, replaced body panels with light weight composites, and made over 100 other upgrades.
All these changes are thought to have only given the K3 935 a 1% performance increase over their factory built counterparts but thats all that was needed. The 935 finally had its worthy adversary.
Porsche 935 Turbo K3 Apple Computer Livery – Flames and Accelerations Sound
The history of the Porsche 935 K3 version was a hit. Klaus Ludwig won in 1979 almost all the races leading DRM championship and the 24 hour race at Le Mans. That the Kremer Brothers great rewards: In 1980 there were as many as 10 K3’s to the start of the famous 24-hour race. This reason partially in Group 5 and IMSA GTX partly in the class. This car of Dick Barbour fell after 11 hours with a broken piston, his teammate won the class.
The K3 version of the Porsche 935 was a fantastic car. After Ludwig DRM and won the Le Mans in 1979, the Kremer brothers sold lots of K3’s. In 1980 no less then 10 competed at Le Mans. This one retired with a broken piston after 11 hours.
Auto / Car: Porsche 935 K3 # 71
Chassis: 930 009 0030 (Porsche)
Engine / Engine: Porsche 6-cylinder boxer / flat 6 to 3.0 turbo
Wheels / tires: goodyear
Team: Dick Barbour Racing ()
Riders / Drivers: Bobby Rahal () / Bob Garretson () / Allan Moffat ()
Race: 24 hours / 1980 hours Le Mans
Class / Class: GT IMSA GT
Qualification / Qualifying: 14th – 3min 56.100 sec
Result: out valen / DNF – 134 rounds / laps
Porsche 934/5 gegen Porsche 935 K3 beim OGP
Porsche 934 / 5 against Porsche 935 K3. Since the approval of the Group 5 race cars is the tip of the Rennnen “Revival German Racing Championship” firmly in the hands of the Porsche Turbo of the late 70s.
At the poles it’s Chris Steel is 934 / 5 which first unleashed against someone like Klaus Ludwig driving in ’81 Kremer K3 and K3 Armin Zumtobel another in the cold. There is a battle against the Porsche 935 K3 by Zumtobel follows from the video shows the first five rounds.
LATEST UPDATE : In regards to the Porsche Apple 935 , I heard a COPY of the Apple 935 is currently running in Europe.
Apparently the owner does not tell people the car is a copy. It is basically a tube frame car with a real 935 motor but that is it. And not sure , but appears the copy of Apple 935 is not running in Europe, something happened to it..
Here is Roger Bolinger’ Mighty 700hp Pontiac TRANS AM chasing the Apple 935 copy around the track. Stay with the video…!
History as the Apple 935
009 00030 as the Apple 935
3/22/80 Sebring 12 Hours #9 Garretson, Rahal & Nierop 7th overall Grid:12th
4/27/80 Rverside 5 Hours #9 “ “ 2nd Grid:4th
6/15/80 Le Mans 24 #71 “ “ Moffat DNF-piston Grid:14th
7/6/80 Watkins Glen 6 hrs #71 “ “ Barth 38th DNF Pole
7/27/80 Sears Point #9 Rahal 2nd Grid:3rd
8/17/80 Mosport 6 Hours #9 Garretson “ 25th DNF Grid:2nd
8/31/80 Rd. Amer 500 mls #9 “ “ 3rd Grid:2nd