Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2013 – Porsche 911 Race Car Class Page Three
1974 Porsche 911 RSR 2.14 Turbo R13 of the Fica Frio Collection, Jersey, UK – At the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled a special 911 concept car with RSR flared fenders, a large rear wing, and the word “Turbo” spelled out on the rear. One month later, Porsche announced that they would cease factory-backed racing in Group 4 for 1974. In conjunction with Martini & Rossi, however, Porsche entered a turbocharged Carrera in the Group 5 category. To comply with Group 5 regulations, a 2.14 liter engine was developed with a magnesium crankcase, polished titanium rods, enlarged oil pumps, dual ignition, mechanical injection and sodium-cooled valves. At the rear of the engine was a KKK turbocharger which boosted the new engine to over 500 horsepower. Continued testing and development of this package led to the introduction of the 935 in 1976.
1979 Porsche 935 of the Brumos Collection, Jacksonville, FL – This Porsche 935 was Peter Gregg’s 1979 IMSA championship car. Peter Gregg won six IMSA Camel GT championships and 41 races during the 1970s. 1979 was his final and perhaps finest season as he drove his famous #59 Porsche to victories at Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, Brainerd, Mid-Ohio, Sears Point, Portland and Road Atlanta, in addition to a record-setting eight consecutive pole positions. The Porsche 935 was the final evolution of the legendary 911 Carrera as introduced by Peter Gregg’s Brumos Porsche Team when they won an upset victory at the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours endurance race. The 935 is a 700-plus horsepower, twin-turbocharged race car capable of speeds above 200 mph. This vehicle is shown exactly as it was when it won the 1979 IMSA championship. Victories were achieved in 53% of the races in entered carrying Peter Gregg to 20% of his 41 IMSA wins. It is the last remaining unmodified 935 extant and is authentic down to Gregg’s distinctive black watch tartan seat upholstery.
1979 Porsche 935 K-3 of Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills, CA – The overall winner at Le Mans in 1979, this 935 K-3 is considered by some to be the most important 911 of all. With Porsche already dominating much of the world’s sports car racing scene, Manfred and Erwin Kremer believed they could improve Porsche’s factory-built racing cars. Their focus remained upon shedding as much weight as possible. To achieve this, over 100 changes were incorporated to make it more efficient, including the relocation of the oil and fuel tanks, and replacing most of the body panels with high-tech composites. Literally hours before Le Mans, this works car was sold to Don and Bill Whittington, and along with co-driver Klaus Ludwig, the twin-turbo, 700 horsepower 935 took the win. The car also took second at Brands Hatch in the same year, and in 1980 it finished third at Sebring, first at the Nürburgring, and first at Watkins Glen. After spending thirty years in storage, the car has recently been refreshed with a complete tear-down and restoration by Canepa Motorsports. To ensure the 935 would look and drive as it did in June of 1979, all possible components are original and, once again, “race ready”.
1984 Porsche 911 SC/RS of Jimmy Dobbs III, Palm Beach, FL – This Rothmans-sponsored FIA Group B 911 SC/RS was built for competition under license for Porsche by D.R. Auto Sport, who has designed and constructed racing cars for companies such as Subaru, Aston Martin and Ford. Only twenty SC/RS race cars were built for the 1984 season. This car, 0040035, is unrestored and is believed to have never been shown in the United States. The 930/18 3.2 liter engine delivers 255 horsepower and is mated to a five-speed manual gear box. It also featured four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. These cars were devoid of any creature comforts, soundproofing or insulation. A massive oil-cooler also shared the front compartment with an oversized fuel cell.
1984 Porsche 911 (Type 953) of the Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany – During the winter of 1983, three four-wheel-drive 911 rally cars, known internally as 953’s, were built in the Weissach R&D department and entered in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally. These rally versions of the 911 were powered by 3.2 liter engines with reduced engine compression to compensate for the poor fuel available on the rally stages. The entire car was considerably modified with reinforced suspension attachments, dual shock absorbers and engine mounts. Front fenders, trunk lid, doors, rear deck lid and spoiler were made of GFK and carbon fiber. A 10 mm thick Kevlar plate served as undercover protection. In addition to a 120 liter gas tank in front, a second 150 liter tank was installed behind the driver’s seat. To optimize balance, fuel could be pumped between the two tanks during driving. Porsche’s long awaited return to rally motorsports proved successful with a victory, a sixth place and a twenty-sixth place finish in the 1984 rally. This encouraging success led to the more extreme 959 Paris-Dakar rally cars that proved incredibly successful over the next several years. These 953s have been somewhat overshadowed by the more radical 959s, but that doesn’t make their achievements any less impressive or important.
1991 Porsche 911 Turbo S-2 of the Brumos Collection, Jacksonville, FL – This is the 1992 IMSA Supercar Championship-winning 911. Driven as car #58 by Joe Varde, Don Knowles and Hans Stuck to back up Hurley Haywood in 1991, it was renumbered in Brumos’ traditional #59 for the 1992 season, which it won for Porsche. The car features a 3.3 liter turbo motor mated five-speed manual transmission, and is capable of 0-60 in 4.52 seconds. Today, this championship-winning car is employed at Brumos University. Chief Instructor/Vice President Hurley Heywood takes students for fast laps at speeds of up to 160 miles per hour in this actual car.