Nurburgring

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  • #4150

    Martin
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    There is a degree of mystery about these two pictures.  The caption states that this is Belgian driver Christian Goethals driving an RSK in a ‘1959 1000Km’ race. The car is obviously a 718, it looks to be the Karrussell at the Nurburgring and Goethals was indeed number 33 in that race in 1959, so that would appear to be that. However, the car that the records show him entering and racing was a 550, the only one running that day and the second picture shows that there was certainly one present. Given that, it would appear that this shot was taken in (perhaps unofficial) practice and that he used the 550 in official practice and the race, where it retired with an engine problem on the lap one.  He had also used a 550 on the Targa Florio the preceding month.

    Whatever the full story this may well be the 718RSK (#028) that he used during 1959, although the rather home-made tonneau cover is an odd feature, as for that matter is his floral short-sleeve shirt! Goethals raced almost exclusively in sports cars during the 1950’s -apart from a brief dalliance with an F2 Cooper- but after a nasty accident when racing a Porsche in Angola he retired from the sport in 1960. He died in 2003 at the age of 74.

    In another picture from the same event we can see what might be the tail of his 550 intruding into the bottom of the frame. The car in he first shot can certainly be seen too, although it is the works 718RSK of Barth/de Beaufort that is the subject of the photo. This qualified 2nd but failed to finish due to an engine problem and note competition manager von Hanstein standing directly behind the car, camera at the ready as usual. In the race Aston Martin clinched the 1959 World Sports Car Championship and a Lotus and a DB are also visible.

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  • #4153

    Martin
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    With a spoiler so big that the photographer could not quite fit it into the frame, this 911 RSR Turbo (#9114609016R9) flashes past a no doubt suitable impressed crowd of onlookers in 1974, when it finished 9th after starting 14th. It is interesting to note that despite the aerodynamic devices the car is riding considerably higher than when seen at rest and all that air passing underneath must have had an adverse effect on its handling.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #4566

    Martin
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    This unusual view allows us to see the winner -by a fraction of a second- of the 1967 1000Km from a different angle. The works 910 (#007) of Schütz/Buzzetta had started down in 7th but headed another three 910s at the end, the pace-setting Chaparral and Lola failing to stay the course.

    Photo: Ted Walker archive

  • #4987

    Martin
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    Keeping a tight line to the straw bales during the 1960 German GP is Jo Bonnier in the works 718 (#04). For that year the race was run to Formula 2 regulations on the Nurburgring Sudschleife and it resulted in a win for Bonnier with von Trips second, another three 718’s  in the hands of Hill (4th), Herrmann (5th) and Barth (6th) also contesting the race.

    The event began in heavy rain which delayed the start and finished in fog, so it was not a great day for the spectators, as can be seen in this short film. Bonnier came third in the F2 championship that year, the highest placed Porsche driver with 14 points to champion Brabham’s 20 and Porsche took the manufacturers’ award.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4991

    Martin
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    Although not a name particularly associated with Porsche, Graham Hill had a number of outings with the marque. Seen here at the 1962 1000Km in the flat-eight 718WRS that he was sharing with Hans Herrmann, they qualified 5th and came home a class-winning 3rd overall, although the day was a Ferrari benefit. Hill had his first Porsche works outing in 1960 and drove a number of different models between then and 1967, after which he was almost exclusively involved with single-seaters.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5036

    Martin
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    The faster prototypes have already left the frame, leaving a sea of 911 Carrera RSRs from the lower part of the grid to make their getaway in the 1974 1000Km. Taking it from the front, the following GT class contenders are identifiable.

    • No.44 #unknown: GELO/Polifac – Loos/Fitzpatrick – Q25th/DNF; accident lap 1 (of 33)
    • No.56 #9114609060: Max Moritz – Stenzel/Andersson – Q28th/DNF; retired lap 19
    • No.51 #9114609067: Hartwig Bertrams – Betrams/Steckkonig – Q30th/F23rd/Class 9th
    • No.46 #unknown: STP Sweden – Stocks/Kelleners – Q34th/F18th/Class 5th
    • No.45 #9114609065: GELO/Polifac – Barth/Fitzpatrick – Q37th/F12th/Class 1st
    • No.47 #9114609058: Porsche Club Romande – Haldi/Bosch – Q31st/F14th/Class 3rd

    Aside from the two factory Carrera RSR Turbos there were 21 Carrera RSRs in the race (comprising the whole GT Class) and of these 15 finished.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5077

    Martin
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    This 904 (#055) of Koch/Pon turned in a strong performance in the 1964 1000Km by coming home 3rd overall and 1st in class from a grid 12th, splitting the top three Ferraris. The race had many 904s of different colours competing and Pon used this Dutch orange car extensively over this and the following seasons.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5132

    Martin
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    The two 356B Carrera 2000GS models made were a little ungainly in their appearance and the photographer has caught this one (#122991) at an angle that emphasises this, making the car appear shorter that it was. It is seen at the 1964 1000Km where it was driven by Klass/Greger to 15th from a grid 29th, just over half the field retiring during the 44 laps. Despite six Porsches finishing in the top ten it was a Ferrari day though.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5171

    Martin
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    Shown on its first outing (and its only one for the JW-Gulf team) at the 1971 1000Km, this is the 908/3 (#013) of Rodriguez/Siffert on its way to 2nd place from a grid 6th.

    After the factory made the decision to dispose of these cars they enjoyed a far longer life in the hands of independent teams and private individuals than anyone might have expected, this one racing for another ten years. While its next (Spanish) owner just modified its Gulf livery slightly, by the end of its career it was carrying different bodywork and a very different engine due to a process of evolution that kept it competitive all that time.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5210

    Martin
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    Looking to be parked in the Nurburgring pits on a date and occasion unknown, this is the French-registered 356B Carrera Abarth GTL (#1006) of Pierre Marx. Marx competed in the car for at least a couple of seasons and it was upgraded to a 2.0L engine by the factory in 1963.

    Having made their arrangement with Carlo Abarth, Porsche was expecting these cars to be built by Zagato but instead Abarth used a minor constructor and the resulting bodies required some modification by Porsche prior to use. This is no doubt part of -if not the whole- reason why only 20 or 21 of the projected run of 40 cars were completed.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5232

    Martin
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    This Kremer-modified 911S (note the side stripe) is being driven by Erwin Kremer/Jürgen Neuhaus in the 1971 1000Km. Starting from 28th it came home a very impressive 12th in the 51 car field and was the first road car-based finisher, winning its class. With Kremer at the wheel the car scored some notable class wins that year and also came 10th overall at Le Mans. Kremer continued to drive 911s for a couple more years before concentrating on the business and racing team that he ran with his brother Manfred.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5329

    Martin
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    This view is of the all-Swiss 718 RS61 (#076) of Heinrich Walter (the entrant) and Herbert Muller at the 1961 1000Km. This was the first outing for the car, but having qualified 11th it failed to finish after an accident on lap 27 of 44. Better was to come however, as after successfully racing for Swiss entrants for three years it headed for Africa in late 1963 -as did various European cars and drivers at the end of each season- and won the Angola GP in the hands of Muller. It then migrated to southern Africa in the ownership of local driver Dawie Gous and enjoyed considerable success, as it continued to do when it passed to his fellow countryman Clive van Buuren.

    Gous and van Buuren were both Porsche drivers of note on the thriving African racing scene, the former starting with a 356 Carrera before switching to a 550. This was replaced by the 718 and after he sold it he continued racing in an Elva, although like a number of others of that marque it was Porsche powered. Van Buuren also used a 906 that was subsequently converted into a spyder and later more comprehensively rebodied as one and during his ownership of the 718 that car also acquired different bodywork, especially at the rear.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5370

    Martin
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    Another 718, but this time a great 1950’s shot that allows us to see an RSK in action and in colour. As is often the case there was no information with the slide and while an RSK with this registration ran at Goodwood as No.21 in 1958 I think that the location looks more like the Nurburgring.

    A No.21 RSK raced there earlier that year in the hands of Schell and Frère and Ted and I think that the driver looks to be the former. This is one of the cars to which the factory tried adding stabilising fins, a feature first seen at Le Mans the previous year and it also has its headlamps panelled over. Were the lights removed to save weight as they were not required on this occasion?

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5385

    Martin
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    Pictured in practice for the 1969 1000m as it did not start the race, this is the 907 (#029) entered by Helmut Kraus for himself and Ernst Furtmayr.

    The flat-eight, 2.2L, 907 was a good-looking car, although only campaigned by the factory from mid-1967 and during 1968 before they turned their attention to the 917 in pursuit of bigger prizes, although a number of private teams continued to race the model for some time.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5402

    Martin
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    The 1000Km in 1961 and this is the 356B Carrera Abarth GTL entered by Siegfried Gunther for himself and Eberhard Mahle. Coming home in 7th position, one lap behind the winner after 44 laps, they also scored a 2nd in class to another Carrera Abarth that finished less than two minutes ahead of them.

    The picture looks to have been taken post-race and the rather incongruous Morris Minor van probably belonged to one of the many British competitors.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5411

    Martin
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    With no details accompanying this photograph I can only speculate that this late 356A Carrera might be circulating at the Nurburgring. It was certainly entered in races by the works under this registration, but aside from that I have no more information on this shot at present.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5449

    Martin
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    Gerhard Holup is shown in his smartly turned out and modified 911S, a private entry in the 1974 European GT Championship 300Km race. The usual large field for this circuit participated and he came home a very respectable 6th overall and also in class in the all-911 top ten.

    German driver Holup raced 911’s and their derivatives throughout the 1970s and eventually graduated to a 935, including an outing at Le Mans.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5467

    Martin
    Keymaster

    The 911 Carrera RSR Turbo is an iconic racing Porsche that sticks in the mind of many enthusiasts, but the four Martini-sponsored works cars were not particularly successful, some second places (including Le Mans in 1974) being their best results. They certainly were spectacular though, all the more so for their having a recognisable resemblance to a standard 911, although in reality nothing could have been further than the truth.

    The cars above (#4609101R12) and below (#460090016R9) are seen in action during the 1974 1000Km, No8 finishing 6th from a grid 12th with Müller/van Lennep and No.9 coming 7th after starting14th with Schurti/Koinigg.

    The loss of a front wing does not appear to be cramping the style of this one at all!

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5519

    Martin
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    A shot that reminds us just what a good-looking car the 917 (#004) was in its original form. Pictured at the 1969 1000Km, this was the debut race for the model -discounting its abortive previous appearance at Spa- but with an eye to their championship hopes Porsche gave the factory drivers a free choice as to using the new car or sticking with the 908. The decision was unanimously in favour of the latter -and in the event 908’s took the top five places- but the 917 needed some competitive use and so Hubert Hane/Dieter Quester were drafted in to give it its debut.

    Unfortunately, after practice BMW intervened with a reminder of the pairs’ contractual obligations to their company and so David Piper and Frank Gardner were flown in from the UK at the last minute and turned in a surprisingly good 8th place finish in the face of the engine vibrations and handling problems that had put off the works drivers.

    Note the quick-release catches to allow a longer tail to be fitted. The car raced in this form only on this occasion and after some time spent testing it was rebuilt into a 1970-style short tail model for JW, being crashed in its first race. They rebuilt it again using a new chassis/body #017, which in the usual way they renumbered 004 while the works repaired the original 004 and renumbered it 017, selling it as late as 1975. It was eventually completed and so both cars still exist with their swopped identities, a relatively straightforward situation compared to some 917 chassis numbers!

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5575

    Martin
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    Graham Hill -who drove Porsches more often than you might think- looks to be giving it his all during the 1000Km in 1961. However it was to no avail in this 718 RS60 (#041) that he was sharing with Stirling Moss, as although starting from second they retired due to an engine problem just before half-distance. The previous year the car had come second in the same race and just prior to that had also won the Targa Florio.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5685

    Martin
    Keymaster

    This is the 910 Spyder (#026) of Greger/Hild which is carrying an unusual (but very period) white/violet finish at the 1972 1000Km. This started out as a closed version with a 2.2 eight cylinder engine, but soon became 2.0 six cylinder-powered and few years later was converted to a spyder as we see it here.

    You might say that they had a good day on this occasion (in relative terms at least) by finishing 26th from a grid 51st, although they were nine laps -128 miles!- behind the winning Ferrari. They were also beaten by lots of 911’s and at this stage a 910 in private hands was probably rather past the end of its useful competition life. The model still cropped up in international races for a couple more years though, one even starting at Le Mans in 1974 from a grid 44th (of 49), although it ran out of fuel after 143 laps.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5709

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Swiss circuit racer and hill climber Heinrich ‘Heini’ Walter entered two 718RS models in the 1962 1000Km, the car shown having the fellow Swiss pairing of Herbert Muller/Tommy Spychinger as the projected drivers although in the event German Rudolf Jenzer took the place of the latter. Unfortunately both cars failed to finish this demanding race, this one being the first of them to retire at just under half distance with an engine problem.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5733

      Martin
      Keymaster

      In another picture from the same race we see the works 718GTR in the hands of Gurney/Bonnier, which went out with a gearbox problem two laps from the end, having qualified 3rd.

      The 718RS Coupe, as it was initially known, began as two prototypes for a projected 100 car run, although eventually the thinking behind this concept took the form of the 904. Sisters to the open 718WRS, the coupes started out with 1.6L and (in this car #046) 1.7L versions of the four cylinder engine at Le Mans in 1961, although by the time that this picture was taken this one had acquired -like the WRS- a 2.0L F8 for the 1962 season.

      While the WRS with its longer chassis could accommodate the flat eight the coupe required extensive modifications to make fitment possible, but this paid off the following year with a win on the Targa Florio.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5742

    Martin
    Keymaster

    This 908/2 (#026) is presented in a great -and very much of its time- eye-catching yellow/green/while BP livery. The picture was taken during the 1971 1000Km where it came 7th in the hands of Ballot-Lena/Chasseuil, a good improvement on its 15th starting position. The car began life as a works coupe and in that form won the 1969 Monza 1000Km for Siffert/Redman.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5776

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A pair of contrasting rears taken at the circuit in 1961 (where else would you see all that unprotected greenery?). First is the Swiss 718RSK (#076) of entrant Heini Walter who shared the drive with fellow countryman Hermann Muller in the 1000Km. Their grid 11th came to nothing in the race due to an accident but the car won its next race at Hockenheim. Ranging further afield, Muller used it in Africa for the Angola GP for the following two years (2nd and 1st) and it then settled down to a successful career in South Africa, latterly in the hands of Clive van Buuren who later converted a Carrera 6 into spyder form (see Porsche On-Track>Porsches Reborn Post#4899).

    Next we see the 718/2 (#201) Carel de Beaufort during the German GP, where he improved from his 17th grid position to finish 14th in the first outing for the car in its orange livery. Other Porsches in the race comprised those of Gurney (7th), Herrmann (13th) and Bonnier (DNF) and there were two interesting non-starters, both from Switzerland. Engineer Michael May, who worked for Porsche on fuel injection and fitted a huge mid-mounted wing to his 550, was prevented from starting in his Lotus due to a practice accident in what would have been one of his three GP outings and Peter Monteverdi was unable to take part in his self-constructed MBM-Porsche due to an accident at Hockenheim which had written off the car. MBM (Monteverdi Basel Motoren) had a short life (1960-61) and Monteverdi began making road cars under his own name in 1967.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

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