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  • #4531

    Martin
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    Here an unusual view taken at the Nurburgring in 1960 which allows us to see the NSF suspension and brake of a 1959 718/2, the first factory Porsche single-seater. While this model was built as an F2 car, the arrival of the 1.5L F1 regulations gave the model an entrée into GP racing, although in the few years that the company participated in this formula it never found the success for which it was striving.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4534

    Martin
    Keymaster

    With a somewhat proprietorial air, a young Ferry Porsche contemplates a naked early 356 at the marques’ original home at Gmund. These underpinnings were initially road tested just like this.

    This illustration gives an idea of the layout of the above vehicle when seen from a different angle.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4537

    Martin
    Keymaster

    The nearside rear of a 906 beneath the tail section is shown in a picture taken in Britain around 1970. As a working racing car in private hands it provides a contrast to the somewhat clinical standard of preparation that might be found on such a vehicle today.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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    • #5379

      Martin
      Keymaster

      A couple more details of the same car, this time looking at the OSR.

  • #5013

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Various components are seen under the tail of 962 #008. Although at first sight a little crowded, everything has been placed as thoughtfully as possible.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5059

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Pictured at a Le Mans pit stop in 1987 is the one-off 961 (#WP0ZZZ93ZFS010016), a racing variant of the 959 hence its road car chassis number. It was the first four wheel drive car to compete in the 24 Hours and I well remember being impressed by its clockwork reliability when watching it race to 7th overall there the year before. However, on this occasion it went out on lap 199 when in 12th position due to an accident caused by driver error, something no amount of top class engineering can do anything about!

    It had qualified 31st and was driven by Haldi/Nierop/Metge. However, due to the cancellation of the class in which it was to race (Group B) after a lack of competitor interest and equal disinterest from potential American purchasers (probably due to the $325,000 price tag) it only competed three times in two years, aside from Le Mans test days.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5060

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A number of pictures exist that show just how hand-built the 959 was and here is an example under construction at the works in 1987.  This view allows us to see some interesting details -like those substantial front brakes- that are normally hidden from view.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5061

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A chance to see a 956 in an unusual state which gives us a different view of this familiar and iconic model. The workshop belongs to the Kremer brothers and note the winners garlands and race posters on the walls.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5359

      Simon Puttick
      Participant

      looks more like their CK5 than a 956

    • #5360

      Martin
      Keymaster

      I think that you’re right – thanks for pointing this out! I guess that makes it an even more interesting view, as it’s not so common to see a CK5 in this state.

    • #5361

      Martin
      Keymaster

      Although this looks to have been taken in poor light and using a flash, it is still an interesting picture. It shows a couple of CK5 tail sections being prepared and note the interesting Porsches in the background. The 911 looks to be Georg Loos’ 1974 RSR 3.0 (#4609040), the car just visible behind the right-hand pillar the Kremer 936/82 (#005) and under a plastic sheet at the back a 356.

    • #5362

      Simon Puttick
      Participant

      a great photo, very evocative – and interesting to see a Loos car in the Kremer workshop …

      I have seen a photo of the Kremer CK5 at their premises in plain white with just the red Kremer script (same style as they put on their 936/82) on the lower side panels- are there any photos of that car in your archive? – again I’m thinking of off-beat subjects to model in 1/43 scale

       

    • #5364

      Martin
      Keymaster

      We don’t have that livery to hand, but as I’m scanning new material all the time it may turn up. For a very limited production model these cars appeared in a number of colour schemes and I particularly liked the original 1982 asymmetrically-striped white version.

      Shots taken in the Kremer workshop often include one or two other cars of interest and not necessarily Porsches.

  • #5312

    Martin
    Keymaster

    An shot showing the curves of a Georg Loos 911 Carrera RSR, caught in a paddock somewhere in the mid-1970’s.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5319

    Martin
    Keymaster

    The tall, upright carburettors and the engine fan inlet had to be accommodated in air-cooled Porsche racing car designs. Here are two examples of how they incorporated these on two eight-cylinder models, first the 718RS (#047)…

    …and then on the 804 (#01).  It is also worth noting the sparse dashboards of both cars.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5320

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Seen at Le Mans in 1957, where the factory tried these stabilising wings with inconclusive results, is the 718RSK (#001) of Maglioli/Barth. The car unfortunately failed to finish after a collision with an Aston Martin before half distance.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5471

      Martin
      Keymaster

      An different view of the same car allows us to see other interesting details including the cockpit layout, the mirrors, the tonneau cover (which must have flapped a bit), the tiny lamps, the usual long exhaust, the quick-release catches and the fact that a couple of the grille bars are missing.

      That looks to be a large piece of foam for the driver to brace his left leg against when cornering. What must it have been like to sit in a car like this and drive for a session at Le Mans during a wet night?

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5321

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A look at the business end of this 908/2 (#006) at Zeltweg in 1969. A part of the Porsche Austria team, in the hands of Lins/Larrousse it went on to claim 5th in this 1000Km race from its grid 11th and just visible behind it is 908/02 (#002) from the same team. Note the large cooling ducts which appear to be serving the gearbox.

    Rudi Lins was among the many famous Porsche faces at the 2018 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, where he drove a 962. Some of the others also present but driving models with which they were associated in period were Gunther Steckkonig (961),  Manfred Schurti (Moby Dick) and Gijs van Lennep (911 Carrera RSR Turbo), while Richard Attwood demonstrated an 804.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5378

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Entered at Le Mans in 1966 by French Porsche importer -and first Porsche Le Mans participant- Auguste Veuillet, this 906 (#114) qualified 33rd but went out after an accident when less than a third of the race had been run.

    The car was crewed by Buchet/Koch and while 906’s filled places 4 to 7 it was a 1-2-3 for the Ford GT40 that year, although the biggest surprise finisher had to be the French-entered Mini Marcos(!), 15th and last and 100 laps behind the winner.

  • #5518

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A close-up of the idea that Porsche said could not work, although a number of teams tried them after GTi Engineering mounted one on their 956 (#106), seen here at the 1984 British Aerospace 1000 at Brands Hatch. It certainly worked for Richard Lloyd that day, with a win from pole for Palmer/Lammers.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5602

    Guderian
    Participant

    1959 Reims 718/2-01

  • #5603

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Thanks for pinning this one down.

    It was the second outing for the car, von Trips having damaged it on lap 2 of its debut at Monaco. For the Reims F2 race it was in the hands of Bonnier, who turned in a decent 3rd from the 24 car field. Just ahead of him was Herrmann in the Behra-Porsche, but the winner was Moss in Rob Walker’s Cooper-Borgward.

  • #5608

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Immediately recognisable, the BBS wheel was an iconic design that was to be found on many racing and road Porsches, particularly during the 1980’s. Above a set is worn by a b+b Turbo Targa and below they grace the Canon Racing 956 (#106) at a wet Silverstone test session.

    A different design can be seen below on this Robinson Demolition 935 (#8900022) at Snetterton. BBS, founded by Heinrich Baumgartner and Klaus Brand at Schiltach in 1970, are still in the wheel business today, though on an even bigger scale but they still make a wheel based on this legendary RS design.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5694

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A shot of the engine bay of 917 #001 when the car was painted in Gulf colours for publicity purposes, showing the regulation spare wheel and part of the linkage to the movable rear aerofoils. More of this car can be seen in Porsche On Track>Porsches Reborn Posts #4904 & 5693.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5736

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A couple of pictures taken at Weissach showing one of the 15 specially constructed 911’s (each a different colour) destined for the American International Race Of Champions series. This one looks to have been undergoing some testing prior to being shipped to the US…

    …where these RS type ducktails were replaced by the later flat spoilers. Porsche graphics were added to the sides, front and rear before the cars left the works and when raced the names of the drivers were also prominently displayed, this one looking to be the Fittipaldi car.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

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