Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2013 – Porsche 911 Race Car Class Page Two
1974 Porsche 911 RSR 3.0 Litre of Robert M. Newman, Jr., New York, NY – This car was built by Kremer Racing for Dutch blue jeans manufacturer Wally’s. Kremer was a firm founded in 1962 by brothers Erwin and Manfred Kremer, and was the first team to enter the Porsche 911 in international races. This car was raced in 1975, 1976, and 1977 by numerous drivers and had many podium finishes in Europe. It is powered by a 3.0 liter engine developing 330 horsepower, and was raced for some time in the 1980s. The car was restored in Europe for presentation at the Classic Le Mans in 2008. The current owner has vintage raced it in the United States for the past six years.
1975 Porsche 911 RSR of the Brumos Collection, Jacksonville, FL – This 1975 911 RSR, #43, was the winner of the Daytona 24 Hours in 1977. An ex-Brumos car, it was bought by John Graves, who traditionally bought all of his cars from Brumos. He was allowed to run the car with #43 on the condition that it would not race in traditional Brumos livery. Today, the car appears exactly as it did in 1977 with the Ecurie Escargot paint scheme, approved personally by Peter Gregg. Not satisfied that the Porsche turbos were fully reliable for the 24 hour race, Hurley Haywood accepted an invitation to join Graves and Dave Helmick as a driver for #43. During the night, Haywood took the lead during a marathon eight-hour driving shift. As the turbo cars encountered mechanical problems, #43 persevered to take the victory. It was Haywood’s third Daytona 24 Hour win in just four years, and earned him an invitation to join the Porsche Factory team for the 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he shared a victory with Jacky Ickx and Jürgen Barth, making him the first driver in history to win both 24 hour races in the same year.
1974 Porsche IROC RSR of the Dennis Kranz Collection, Portland, OR – In October of 1973, twelve of the world’s top drivers were invited from Formula One, USAC, NASCAR and the SCCA to participate in the International Race of Champions, or IROC. They competed in a series of four races in which all equipment was equalized. The car selected for the series was the 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0. Fifteen identical cars, featuring 315 horsepower RSR motors, were ordered and prepped by the IROC Porsche mechanics. This car was first driven by Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who put it on pole of the initial race at Riverside International Raceway. The car continued to race throughout the 1970s and recently underwent a three-year restoration.
1977 Porsche 934.5 of Bob Weber, Huntington Beach, CA – Porsche only built ten 934.5’s. Chassis #930 770 0952 is the second 934.5 produced. The first was purchased by Peter Gregg, who then sold it to Jim Busby who raced it under Mitcom sponsorship. On January 22, 1977 both Peter Gregg and Brumos crew chief Jack Atkinson flew to Zuffenhausen and purchased this car and a single-turbo 935. When this car arrived in Jacksonville it required a significant amount of preparation for its debut at the IMSA Road Atlanta race in April. The 935 was used for parts and bodywork for this car to race in various configurations. In 1978 Gregg sold it to Bruce Leven of Bayside Disposal. After racing for only two seasons, it was put into storage and remained out of the public eye for twenty-five years until being purchased by the current owner.
1973 Porsche 911 RSR 2.8 R6 of the Fica Frio Collection, Jersey, UK – For most of the 1973 season R6 was raced by the Porsche factory under Martini sponsorship. Roger Penske then acquired the car for Watkins Glen and it ran the last race of the season with Sunoco sponsorship. Of the seven 300 horsepower “R” cars, R6 was the one most actively raced by the factory. It competed in ten events in 1973 and finished in the top-ten an impressive seven times, including first place in the Targa Florio. It is the only RSR featuring the original rear spoiler.
1973 Porsche Carrera RSR 2.8 of Philip Basil, Oxford, UK – This car is a 1973 Carrera RSR 2.8, the racing version of Porsche’s iconic road car, the Carrera RS 2.7. This chassis, 0705, was ordered from the factory by well-known privateer racer, Dr. David Helmick, who enjoyed significant success with 911’s during the 1970s in the American IMSA racing series. For the car’s first race at the 1973 Sebring 12 Hours, Helmick teamed up with Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood. Gregg and Haywood had just won the Daytona 24 Hours in a prototype RSR, but that car was recalled to the factory for testing and publicity. Helmick’s car was then prepared by Brumos and upgraded with several trick features that they had run at Daytona. The car proceeded to win the race outright, a remarkable back-to-back for both Brumos and Porsche’s RSR. Chassis 0705 was subsequently raced by Helmick in the IMSA Camel GT series during 1973 and 1974. By 1975, it had been gradually transformed into a 3.0 RSR-spec car but was eventually bought by well-known Porsche collector Dr. Bill Jackson in 1976. He then preserved the car as it was for the next 25 years. It was restored in 2001 by Gunnar Racing and has been in its present ownership since 2004. The car is now finished in the same livery as it was at Sebring in 1973 an carries the famous number 59 associated with Peter Gregg and Brumos.