Porsche 911 RSR, winner of the 1973 Sebring 12 Hours

IMSA History at the 1973 Sebring Camel 12 Hours

1973 IMSA Sebring Camel 12 Hours – Photo Gallery Page Two

Corvettes at Sebring, 1973
The rough Sebring course took its toll on cars. Neither of these Corvettes finished. (Lou Galanos photo)
1973 winning Porsche Carrera RSR
Going through the infamous Sebring Hairpin turn is the winning Porsche Carrera RSR of Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood and Dave Helmick. Drivers hated those concrete buttons or mushrooms. (Photo provided by Philip Basil)
Mazda RX-2 at Sebring
Paul Fleming and Roger Mandeville entered this Mazda RX-2 at Sebring in 1973. They were a DNF. (Lou Galanos photo)
Corner workers at Sebring, 1973
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night deterred these corner workers from manning their posts. (Lou Galanos photo)
Ford Escort RS1600 of John Buffum
John Buffum is best known as the most successful U.S. rally driver ever but he occasionally tried his hand at endurance racing. At Sebring he co-drove with Burt Everett but failed to finish in their Ford Escort. (Fred Lewis photo)
Lorenzo-Durst Corvette
While winning the pole position the De Lorenzo/Durst Corvette failed to finish. (Fred Lewis photo)

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Greendyke-Johnson Corvette was part of the Greenwood Racing Team
This Greendyke-Johnson Corvette was part of the Greenwood Racing Team. John Greenwood would return in 1975 and 1976 as promoter of the race thus saving Sebring from oblivion. (Fred Lewis photo)
Greendyke-Johnson Corvette
The Greendyke-Johnson Corvette ran the race on street radial tires. They failed to finish. (Fred Lewis photo)
There were plenty of Corvettes to be seen at Sebring in 1973.
There were plenty of Corvettes to be seen at Sebring in 1973. (Fred Lewis photo)
Tony De Lorenzo and Steve Durst led the first four hours in this C3 Corvette.
Tony De Lorenzo and Steve Durst led the first four hours in this C3 Corvette. They did not finish due to engine problems. (Lou Galanos photo)

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    1. Having been to just about every Sebring from 1961, I found the 73 non FIA version a little anti-climatic. I enjoyed the thunder of the 427 Corvettes, but was most impressed with Porsche’s efficiency and consistency. We’d become so accustom to being so overwhelmed by the brutal speed of Ferrari, that adjusting to a Porsche GT as the dominant car took some getting used to. Off subject a bit; I had missed in subsequent years from 1966, The warehouse straight and Webster turns. I had spent many enjoyable hours over many a year watching Phil Hill coming through Websters opposite locking with one hand arrogantly affixed to his chin and the other open palm to the wheel, all done wearing that silly half helmet. For me seeing the present day pasteurized version of a shortened Sebring course with the modern facilities and the rigid conformity to prescribed specifications, makes that old make shift course with it’s glaring imperfections and crude informality, that much more memorable.

  1. What a great story on Sebring 1973! The quality and variety of photos was outstanding. It really bought back some great memories of great times!

  2. Thanks for sharing great memories – the photos are the best!! I never knew about John Greenwood’s vital contribution to the survival of this classic race so he deserves a special place in racing history – wonder if Bill France Sr. have come through with the needed financing?

  3. Well, once again Lou, or should one call you by your correct title “Mr Sebring”… You have done it again, great stuff, I´m sure we haven´t read the last of your historic recollections of this great race. More please… Cheers Graham

  4. Another great article and photos. It’s been years since I’d heard these names, many who I drove with, and some who are no longer with us. John and Peggy Bishop and the IMSA entourage were regular customers at the San Remo Restaurant. Guido Levetto

  5. Wonderful Story, Great Photos! I met Fast Phil in 1974 and enjoyed much more wonderful time in his #99 racing endeavour! Treasured Memories, Indeed!!

  6. I had no idea that Bobcor sponsored anything that wasn’t an Alfa Romeo. So, I was completly surprised to see their name on John Buffum’s Ford Escort. A great effort, as always, Lou.

  7. Well-written as usual, Lou. It seems that I’ve made that comment before about your articles. Thanks, too, for the opportunity to provide photos for this story. Today’s fans can only imagine what that place was like back then. I’ve nearly frozen my tail off, been burned almost to a crisp and half choked to death on campfire smoke when there wasn’t a hint of a breeze. Calling it crude back then would have been a compliment.

  8. I want to thank Louis for another terrific account of racing’s past. And I appreciate his acknowledging John’s involvement. I still remember being impressed that big brother was dealing with Bill France and John Bishop. I’ve been calling John “angel (of Sebring)” since we read it. If you haven’t already, I recommend all of Louis’s contributions to Sports Car Digest, they breathe vivid life back to that golden period of racing.

  9. Great work Louis. It really brought back that period. I felt that losing the Sebring event would hurt the credibility of American road racing, so it was worth the financial risk. Plus, we were already thinking of future changes to the facility that would bring back the FIA and also give a venue for runnig the INDY cars in Florida. Oh yea, tell Burt to quit calling me “angel”.

  10. The pics are amazing and especially the 911 which is catching fire ! Incredible ! Congratulations from Paris !!

  11. Wow, a race where the cars in the paddock were more interesting than those on the track. Not a great juxtaposition.

  12. I have a question. Why is the Bumos 911 yellow in this race while at the Daytona 24 just a couple of months earlier it was in its iconic livery.
    Just curious.