Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 – Top 30 Cars of Interest Page Five
1978 Porsche 911 SC Safari – One of two 911s prepared for the East African Safari Rally. The 250-hp 911s were reduced to the bare essentials, weighing approximately 1,200 kg (2645 lbs) despite large 110-litre fuel tanks. Nevertheless, the body shells were massively reinforced in key structural areas. The increased ground clearance, long-travel suspension, a differential lock and a thick aluminium undertray allowed the cars to reach top speeds of more than 125 mph over the rough roads. The concept seemed sound, for Bjorn Waldegaard had a clear lead of 30 minutes when he drove over a rock disguised by mud in heavy rain. By the time the Porsche service crew had fought its way through the mud to the stricken 911, the lead was lost. Once going again, the Waldegaard / Thorszeliuscar managed to make up for lost time and finished in fourth place. The second 911, driven by Vic Preston Jr, was more fortunate. In the overall classification, he finished in second place.
1978 Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick – The climax of 935 development, Moby Dick was built for maximum speed at Le Mans; it was measured on the Mulsanne Straight at 227 mph (366 km/h). Its turbocharged 3.2-litre six cylinder also had four overhead camshafts, and produced a maximum power output of 845 hp. The 935/78 was not entirely convincing at Le Mans, as high fuel consumption called for a large number of pit stops during the race and drivers Rolf Stommelen and Manfred Schurti also experienced various minor mechanical difficulties. Moby Dick managed to finish eighth overall. However, at the preceding Silverstone Six Hour race, which was effectively a test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass took the chequered flag in first place.
1973 Porsche 911 RSR – This 2.8 liter Carrera, chassis 0705, was delivered to privateer racer David Helmick. Helmick teamed up with Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood of Brumos Racing for the overall win at the 1973 Sebring 12 Hours, the first IMSA-sanctioned running of that famous race. (See race profile).
1998 Porsche 911 GT1 – The Porsche 911 GT1 was designed for competition in GT1 class of sports car racing, which also required a street-legal version to be offered for sale for homologation purposes. The GT1 at Goodwood won overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 at the hands of Allan McNish, Stephane Ortelli and Laurent Aiello.
1970 McLaren M8D Can-Am – The 1970 Can-Am Championship-winning M8D of Denny Hulme was a fan favorite. It was driven at Goodwood by Jensen Button.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – Nick Mason’s Ferrari 250 GTO (s/n 3757GT) was piloted at Goodwood by his wife, Annette. In period, the GTO finished 2nd overall at the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans at the hands of Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet.