Porsche 911 RSR 2.8

Amelia Island Concours 2013 – Porsche 911 Race Cars

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2013 was held Sunday, March 10th on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours honored the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 by gathering together a wonderful selection of 911-based race cars. The 911 story would not be complete without the countless racing victories achieved by this car, in its various guises, over the past five decades and even up to the present day.

Porsche, too, hasn’t forgotten their vital link to the motorsports world. “We understand the importance that our motorsports heritage plays in the Porsche customer’s choice to buy the 911, and our racing efforts around the world today reflect that priority,” said Detlev von Platen, president of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Introduced in the autumn of 1963 at the Frankfurt Auto Salon, the Porsche 911 has become a touchstone design and the car that propelled Porsche to commercial and competition success. Designed by the late Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, the grandson of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the 911 broke new technological ground with a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that became the foundation of generations of Porsche sports and racing cars.

From its first entry Porsche’s new 911 won its category in all the classic sports car endurance races. Class wins in the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans were followed by outright victory in the rugged Monte Carlo Rally in 1968. In 1973 the Brumos Porsche 911 RSR driven by Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood won an upset victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, defeating an international field of prototypes. The same year brought Porsche’s 911 overall victories in the punishing 12 Hours of Sebring and the World Championship Targa Florio on the mountain roads of Sicily.

The 911s assembled at Amelia Island this year, pictured below, really were the cream of the crop. When strolling through the display, each one just seemed more spectacular than the last. And with several RSRs, rally cars, and even the first 911 to win a race, the full range of this most versatile of sports cars was represented. A true racing institution, Porsche’s most enduring model deserved a celebration such as this one, and what a celebration it was. With all the other highlighted anniversaries and countless beautiful cars there was so much to see, but it was hard not to stop and stare at these breathtaking 911s.

Best in Class was awarded to Bruce Meyer’s 1979 Porsche 935 K-3, the overall winner at Le Mans in 1979. After spending thirty years in storage, the car has recently been refreshed with a complete tear-down and restoration by Canepa Motorsports.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2013 – Porsche 911 Race Car Class

964 Porsche 911 of Christian and Sonia Zugel
1964 Porsche 911 of Christian and Sonia Zugel, Holmdel, NJ – Chassis number 300.128 is one of the first two 911s delivered to the United States and was received by Brumos Porsche for demonstrations only. Jack Ryan, who was a racing driver and owner of a VW dealership in Atlanta, made a deal to buy the car from Brumos in 1965 and then decided to race it at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966. Driven by Jack Ryan, Lin Coleman and Bill Bencker, it won its class, thus being the first 911 ever to win a road race not just in America, but the whole world. It was also the first 911 to race at Sebring, where it finished second in its class. The car still has the original engine and transmission along with the original interior (minus the headliner). The exterior is original except for the right fender and door, which had to be replaced where it was hit. The original color was black.
1965 Porsche 911 of the Jerry Peters Collection
1965 Porsche 911 of the Jerry Peters Collection, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – This is the 1172nd 911 built and it has strong Jacksonville connections. It was delivered to Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville and, after being set up by Franz Blam and Jack Atkinson, also of Jacksonville, was raced by Peter Gregg and by Dr. Wilbur Pickett of Daytona. This car competed in FIA, SCCA, Trans-Am, and NASCAR’s GT Grand Touring series. Among some of the car’s race finishes are a second at Daytona in 1969, first at Sebring in U2 and Trans-Am, first in class at the Daytona Citrus 250 in NASCAR’s Grand Touring series, first place in SCCA’s B-Sedan National Championship in 1968, and a second place finish in the same series in 1969.
1967 Porsche 911R of Lance Willsey
1967 Porsche 911R of Lance Willsey, Chestnut Hill, MA – In 1967, plans began to evolve for a ‘factory’ race version of the 911. While the 911S had enjoyed success in the hands of privateers and the occasional factory-backed competition effort, the 911R was to be an ultra-light-weight version of the car that would improve Porsche’s chances in competition. The monocoque was made of the thinnest gauge steel possible, while fiberglass was used extensively to replace the fenders, front and rear deck lids, and bumpers. The doors and deck lids all had aluminum hinges while the interior was stripped of all creature comforts. There were only three gauges in the car and the seats were replaced with Scheel racing bucket seats. Side and rear windows were all replaced with Plexiglass and the floorboards were drilled and lightened. The result was a 911 that weighed 450 pounds less than its production equivalent. All of the running gear was standard, with the exception of larger brake calipers and wider wheels and tires on both front and rear. The engine was very similar to the one used in the racing Carrera 6 and put out 210 horsepower. Twenty-two examples of the 911R were constructed, but the factory never homologated them. Three 911R’s were kept by Porsche and the 19 remaining cars were sold to selected privateers. This particular example was never raced.
1971 Porsche 911 STR Safari of Terri and Jeff Zwart
1971 Porsche 911 STR Safari of Terri and Jeff Zwart, Irvine, CA – The 1971 Porsche Factory Werks 911 STR was built for the 1971 East African Safari Rally. This car, one of three Factory Werks entries, was entered by the Porsche factory and driven by Björn Waldegaard. Jürgen Barth headed the factory program. The East African Safari was considered one of the most difficult motorsport challenges of the day, and Porsche partnered with Sears Tires to promote their tires’ durability over the course of this grueling event. The rally took place over five days and traversed some of the most difficult terrain in East Africa with temperatures topping 100 degrees in the deserts and dropping to sub-freezing over the 10,000 foot passes. This Porsche was discovered in South Africa and brought to the United States where it received a complete restoration to the exact original specifications in 2007.
Brumos 1973 Porsche 911 RSR
1973 Porsche 911 RSR of AASE Sales/Kraftwerks, Galena, OH – This is a replica of the 1973 Daytona 24 Hour-winning 911 RSR driven by Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg. It is powered by a 2.8 liter flat-6. The car was loaned to Brumos Porsche for the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours only, and then returned to the factory. The original 1973 Daytona winner unfortunately is no longer in existence.
1977 Porsche 934.5 of the Canepa Motorsports Museum
1977 Porsche 934.5 of the Canepa Motorsports Museum, Scotts Valley, CA – This is one of only 10 Porsche-built 934.5 racing cars. The 934.5 is a prime example of the intense competition found in international sports car racing in the late 1970s. The Porsche 930 Turbo was configured from racing in two FIA categories: Group 4 (934) and the faster Group 5 (935). In the United States, the 934 was accepted into the Trans-Am series in 1976, but not into IMSA until the following season. The 1977 IMSA rules allowed the 934 to be more heavily modified using numerous 935 parts. The Porsche factory then created ten IMSA-only versions, called the 934.5, late in 1976. George Dyer purchased this car new to compete in the 1977 IMSA championship. After a competitive season Dyer sold the car to Bruce Canepa, who would go on to successfully campaign the car in IMSA and Trans-Am. The car’s most memorable performance was at the 1979, at Daytona’s IMSA 24-Hour Pepsi Challenge. With teammates Rick Mears and Monte Shelton, Canepa finished third overall, which was a spectacular result considering they were an independent team racing a three-year-old car against brand new factory 935’s, not to mention a host of Ferrari 512 BB/LMs and BMWs.

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