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Porsche Sportscar Day 2019 – Hockenheim

Porsche 935/77

Jürgen Barth fährt wieder Porsche 935/77.

Sonntag der 20. März 1977. Es regnet ein wenig auf der 5,245 kilometer langen Strecke Autodrome del Mugello, nördlich von Rom. Porsche dominiert das erste Rennen zur europäischen Sportwagenweltmeisterschaft. Im Martini Porsche Team ist Jürgen Barth unterwegs auf der Strecke. Durch einen technischer Defekt am Porsche kommt es zu einem spektakulären Unfall bei dem der Porsche erheblich beschädigt wird. Jürgen Barth der fast unverletzt aus dem Wagen steigt, sagt noch Jahre später das dies einer seiner wenigen aber durchaus schwersten Unfälle war. Kein guter Start für das erste Rennen des Porsche 935/77. Doch, der im laufe der Saison 1977 mehrfach eingesetzte Rennwagen holte immer mehr in Schwung und kam bei seinem letzten Rennen 1977 dem 6 Stunden Rennen in Brands Hatch als erster ins Ziel. Über 40 Jahre später schreibt Porsche wieder Schlagzeilen mit dem 935. Der „neue“ 935 ist wieder da. Doch der Original Porsche 935 war nie richtig weg und ist in der Gestalt des Porsche 935/77, wie er beim Historischen GranPrix von Zandvoort 2019 wieder von Jürgen Barth gefahren wurde, immer noch einer der schärfsten Rennwagen die Porsche je gebaut hat. Der 935 ist da!

Jürgen Barth drives Porsche 935/77 again.

Sunday the 20th of March 1977. It rains a little on the 5,245 km long track Autodrome del Mugello, north of Rome. Porsche dominates the first race of the European World Sports Car Championship. Jürgen Barth is on the track with the Martini Porsche Team. Due to a technical defect in the Porsche, a spectacular accident occurs in which the Porsche is considerably damaged. Jürgen Barth, who gets out of the car almost uninjured, says years later that this was one of his few but most serious accidents. In 1977, Barth won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 936.
Not a good start for the first race of the Porsche 935/77. However, the racing car, which was used several times during the 1977 season, gained more and more momentum and was the first to cross the finish line at its last race in 1977, the 6-hour race at Brands Hatch. More than 40 years later Porsche again writes headlines with the 935. The “new” 935 is back. But the original Porsche 935 was never really gone and in the shape of the Porsche 935/77, as it was driven again by Jürgen Barth at the Historic GranPrix of Zandvoort 2019, it is still one of the hottest racing cars Porsche has ever built. The 935 is still there!

Brüsseler Spitzen 2019

Brüsseler Spitzen 2019

Die Interclassic in Brüssel ist jedes Jahr immer einer der letzten großen Oldtimermessen die in Europa stattfindet. Im den historische Hallen der Brüsseler Messe finden die Old- und Youngtimer immer ihren perfekten Platz. Viele Porsche sind zu bestaunen und es scheint als ob der Markt für historische Porsche Modelle wie dem Porsche 356 oder den frühen Porsche 911 fast völlig weg ist. Es fällt auf, dass Youngtimer wie der Porsche 924, 944 oder der König der Transaxle Modelle der Porsche 928 häufiger auf den Messen stehen. Sei es im guten oder nicht so guten Zustand oder aber auch in völlig neuen Ausstattungsvarianten, die so wohl nie die das Porsche Werk verlassen haben. Aber wer weis schon wie die einzelnen alten oder jungen Porsche das Werk genau verlassen haben. Geburtsurkunden von Porsche geben dabei ein wenig mehr Sicherheit und auch der ein oder andere Blick ins innere der Autos hilft beim Kauf. Spitzen sind auf der Messe nicht zu sehen, auch die Preise gehen nicht auf die Spitze. Trotzdem ist die Messe an der Spitze der langen Saison ein schöner Abschluss für alle Autoliebhaber.

Brussels Lace 2019

Every year the Interclassic in Brussels is always one of the last big classic car fairs to take place in Europe. In the historic halls of the Brussels Fair, classic and youngtimers always find their perfect place. Many Porsche cars can be admired and it seems as if the market for historic Porsche models like the Porsche 356 or the early Porsche 911 is almost completely gone. It is remarkable that youngtimers such as the Porsche 924, 944 or the king of the transaxle models of the Porsche 928 are more frequently at the trade fairs. Be it in good or not so good condition or even in completely new equipment variants that never left the Porsche factory. But who knows how the individual old or young Porsche have left the factory exactly. Birth certificates from Porsche give a little more security and also a glance inside the car helps with the purchase. There are no Lace to be seen at the fair, nor are the prices at the top. Nevertheless, the fair at the top of the long season is a nice conclusion for all car lovers.

Porsche. Stuttgart. Solitude.

The citizens of Stuttgart have to wait two years until it’s time again and the Stuttgart car manufacturers present themselves again on the historic Solitude racetrack. 2019 is the year again and Porsche presents itself in best weather with true treasures from the museum and numerous racing legends on and off the track. Porsche a sports car manufacturer to touch, to experience, shows racing cars from the glorious times of the Solitude race track and brings current racing drivers together with racing legends to the track. And that’s fun for everyone who is part of the Solitude Revival 2019. The legends are available for autograph requests and have a lot of fun themselves.
Porsche 550 Spyder, 718 Formula 2, Porsche 804, Porsche 904, various Porsche 917 as well as Porsche 914, Porsche 356 and numerous Porsche 911 from all decades are on the way on the course optimally prepared by the organizer Solitude Revival.

Legends such as Herbert Linge, Eberhard Mahle, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl, Marc Lieb or Stéphane Ortelli, well prepared by the Porsche Museum, will be on hand to answer questions at numerous autograph sessions and presentations in the Porsche Museum tent. The Porsche Museum also presents itself in the best way for the spectators and offers them plenty of space to take a short breather in the spacious event area.

Now the 15th edition of the Solitude is also history and we have to wait another two years to experience history and legends live in Stuttgart… or we go to the Porsche Museum and experience the history of Porsche and a little Solitude Live there.

Goodwood 2019 – The R6 RSR

The Original

Sunday 13 May 1973, the weather is warm and dry around the 72 kilometre long race track of the 73rd Targa Florio on the Italian island of Sicily. Over 700,000 spectators are standing around the track with over 700 curves to watch the racing teams for the last time on the open track.

The Swiss racing driver Herbert Müller starts together with the Dutch racing driver Gijs van Lennep for the Martini Porsche works team and leads the team to a historic success. The racing car is the Martini Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, internally known in the Porsche racing department of Weissach R6. Due to the rule changes and the limitation of the cubic capacity to 3.0 litres for group 5, the RSR came just at the right time. Also because then Porsche boss Fuhrmann was enthusiastic about the idea to build a street-like racing car again and to sell it to customers for motor sports. At his first race George Follmer and Willy Kaushen on the Carrera RSR with the chassis number 911 360 0588 won the GT class at the 6 hours race of Vallelunga, 1973. Also the test for the 24 hours of Le Mans was positive, even if the car was prematurely retired in the race due to a defect in the fuel system. But the victory at the Targa Florio is definitive and of greatest historical value. There were numerous accidents and retirements during the training for the last Targa Florio. Porsche arrived with 3 Carrera RSR and the leading engineer Norbert Singer had everything else in mind than to go home with a victory. Even before the race, Paul Ricard was busy testing and fighting for every second that the cars could run faster. The two left and right rear wings in addition to the ducktail played an important role. Here they glued, experimented and formed with hammer and wood until the ideal shape was achieved. All this was well documented by Singer and his team, which turned out to be a real stroke of luck 45 years later.

“I want the car to be just as original as it was with the Targa”. With this wish the current owner came to England on Lee Maxted-Page, the restorer known as a Porsche specialist. For Lee and his team it was a great honour to restore such a historic racing car to its original condition. At first, a whole three months were spent researching the archives and looking for drawings, pictures and information. The Porsche Museum helped a lot, as did the pictures created under the direction of Norbert Singer. Many other Porsche legends such as Jürgen Barth were also consulted. The car was restored to its original condition “Targa Florio, 1973” in about 18 months. The result can not only be seen, it must be seen, heard and driven. The smallest detail was restored, so for example the holes for the attachment of the two additional tail fins in the body were found again during the restoration and these aluminum parts were fastened left with 3 rivets and right with 4 rivets. Also a result of the test series in Paul Ricard at that time. The beautiful Martini paint on the originally white delivered racing car was meticulously reconstructed and painted like in 1973 partly by hand. The adhesive strips for the windscreen and the rear wings were exactly reproduced by means of pictures. Even the lettering of the amateurs with small platinum adhesive strips was reproduced exactly (whereby the word “Lichtung” was probably copied from the ” Zundung, we will research that again…).

Sunday, 07. July 2019, the weather is cold and wet. The Martini Porsche 911 Carrera RSR is at the start of the Goodwood FOS 2019 hill climb. Porsche racing legend Jürgen Barth (also an original, and completely unrestored!) quickly moves his right foot down. The gas pedal is pushed through and the petrol flows joyfully from the safety tank into the combustion chambers of the roaring boxer engine in the rear of the RSR. The resulting power is transmitted directly to the rear axles. It seems as if the whole car is happy to drive again in its original condition. The tires spin on the first meters and only get grip again shortly before the first corner. Jürgen Barth intercepts the car before the first corner and drives up the track with the engine screaming with happiness. It hardly goes more original…