On The Grid

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  • #4967

    Martin
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    A really atmospheric startline shot taken at the Crystal Palace circuit in August 1967. The venue was active from 1927 to 1974, although since 1997 annual speed events have been taking place there again when possible, utilising some of the remains of the track. In our picture we see well-known Porsche racer Tony Dean on the outside of the front row in his 906 (#131), a car that was new to Scuderia Filipinetti in 1966 and which Dean used extensively during 1967 and 1968 before selling it to fellow British racer John Spero who gave it plenty of further service.

    On this occasion Dean finished 2nd to Digby Martland in the pole-sitting Chevron B6, the Lotus 47 between them coming home 3rd. The 906 is still wearing its BOAC symbol from its class-winning appearance in the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch the preceding month and Martland was to have been the co-driver for the ill-fated John Woolf 917 at Le Mans in 1969, although one practice session was enough to convince him that racing the car, handling as it did at that time, was not for him.

    Below is a shot of #131 in Spero’s ownership. Taken at Snetterton in June 1970 it shows the start of a Formula Libre race comprising a rather mixed field even by the standards of events of this type. Spero entered it under the sponsorship of watchmaker Heuer and he too raced the car widely, although usually in more conventional sports car races.

    John Spero was the son of Brooklands racer H C ‘Nobby’ Spero who competed there successfully in a streamlined Austin 7 special (named Mrs Jo Jo) and who in later life ran cars at VSCC meetings, so you could say that racing was in John’s blood.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4968

    Martin
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    Taking its 2nd place on the grid next to the factory 935/77, this is the Kremer 935 (#9307700903) of Wollek/Fitzpatrick at the 1977 Silverstone Six Hours. Those grid positions also proved to be the finishing order, although by the end of the race the works car had pulled out a three lap lead. Further 935 entries from Georg Loos (DNF/3rd), Jurgen Kannacher (5th) and the Jolly Club (6th) can be seen occupying the next three rows and in the end it was only the 4th place BMW of Peterson/Kelleners that stopped it being an all-Porsche top fourteen.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5579

      Martin
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      The pole-sitting 935/77 (#005) referred to in the above caption, seen on its maiden outing and about to take the first of four wins from eight starts that year.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4969

    Martin
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    The Porsche foray into Grand Prix racing with their own cars was far less successful than their later F1 involvement supplying engines to TAG/McLaren. Seen here on the front row of the grid at the non-championship Modena GP in 1961 are the 718’s of Jo Bonnier (nearest, #04) and Dan Gurney (#03), the positions in which they finished behind winner Stirling Moss. Moss can be seen on pole in his Lotus and there seems to be some sort of altercation taking place on the right between the chap in the light suit and a policeman.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4970

    Martin
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    The Le Mans pit lane was also the grid until 1971 and in this 1966 pre-start shot we see the 906LH (#152) of Schütz/de Klerk. Qualifying 31st they finished strongly in 6th, the third of a trio of l0ng-tail 906s behind the three leading GT40s. Another of the 906LH’s seen next to it, No.31 (#151), came in 5th.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4971

    Martin
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    The five car field in this race at the Norisring in 1965 is dwarfed by Albert Speer’s imposing -but forever tainted- 1930’s Zeppelintribüne architecture, one of his few surviving works. This is still an identifiable scene, although the impressive colonnade has since vanished and the fate of the other now-deteriorating remains on this site is always being debated, so their future is by no means certain.

    In the factory 904’s are winner No.21 (#091) Gunter Klass and 2nd place No.22 (#036) Udo Schutz. Rolf Stommelen is almost out of sight in his 904 (#102) which came 5th and of the two Abarth-Simcas No.20 is being driven by Porsche team regular Hans Herrmann, who had to settle for 2nd from his pole position on this occasion.

    Although primarily thought of as a Porsche racer, Herrmann also did a lot of driving for Abarth in the 1962-65 period.  The Norisring in Nürnberg (or Nuremburg), a road circuit adjacent to the Dutzendteich lake, is sometimes confused with the Nurburgring and there have long been instances of people turning up at the one when they should have been at the other! This is the reason that the circuit was renamed in 1950 after Noris, the old name for the city, but perhaps it was also to try and free it of the associations with the huge 1933-38 political gatherings for which it is still well known, although the area on which it stands was never completed and was also bombed by the Allies.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #5035

    Martin
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    A grid which appears to be made up almost entirely of Porsches in July 1978 at the DRM (Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft) Hockenheim Grand Prix, although there were other makes among the 40 starters.

    The DRM series ran from 1972-81 and Division I competitors visible are:

    • 45: 935 (#9307700908) – van Oorschot – Grid 9th /Finished 7th
    • 3: 935/77A (#9308900012) – Schornstein – Grid 11th/Finished 9th
    • 11: 935 (#9307700904) – Haldi – Grid 7th/Finished 5th
    • 39: 934 (#9306700102) – Kofel – Grid14th/Finished 11th

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5072

    Martin
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    They are almost ready for the off at the 1982 Silverstone Six Hours and it is Ickx/Bell on pole in the factory 956 (#001), although they finished second to a Lancia LC1 by three laps. On a grid populated by many photographers (and a couple of Lancia men around the 956) note the works mechanic at left in his traditional dark red outfit with Porsche and Shell badges and Adidas shoes while those at the rear have the latest Rothmans overalls.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5241

    Martin
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    They’re getting ready for the off at the 1968 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch and this is the 906 (#135} of Jeremy Delmar-Morgan/Mike Walton. They qualified 29th but failed to finish due to a driveshaft problem (but were nominally ranked 22nd) and behind them can be seen the dark green 906 (#129) of Mike de’Udy, although on this occasion it was driven by Cabral/Duval to 19th place. At the far right and in last position due to not having set a time is the Valvoline team 910 (#010), which in the hands of Lins/Foitek had risen to 9th by the finish.

    There were a five British 906’s competing in the race and the Delmer-Morgan car can be seen here taking a tighter line than Bill Bradley’s entry (#144) for himself and Eric Liddell, which started from 25th and finished 12th. There are a number of differences between the two cars, not least RHD/LHD and the roof vents and mirrors on No.29. This car had stated out in Swiss ownership and raced throughout Europe while No.21 had a long career with various British owners and was still racing in the mid-1970s.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5401

    Martin
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    Where would the drivers of open-cockpit cars be without umbrellas while they are waiting to race? This is the Martini 908/02 K ‘flunder’ (#009/019) of Larrousse/Koch who drove extremely well in the appalling conditions to finish 6th from their grid 21st in the 1970 BOAC 1000 at Brands Hatch, although they were still 18 laps behind the absolutely flying Rodriguez at the end. To the left of the umbrella the privately-entered 910’s of Nick Gold (#004) and No.28 John L’Aime (#017) can be seen.

    Another umbrella day, this time at the Nurburgring for the 1974 Interserie 300KM race and it looks as though some last minute tyre choices are being made. A familiar car on pole is Willi Kauhsen’s 917/10 (#001), although on this occasion it is unusually piloted by Emerson Fittipaldi, Kauhsen driving the other team 917/10. Fittipaldi went on to finish 6th, the third Porsche home behind the winning McLaren M20 (No.3) and also visible is another 917/10 (#016) of Ernst Kraus, who despite a grid 4th could do no better than 25th in the race. The Joest team class-winning 908/3 which came 3rd overall can be seen behind it.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5509

    Martin
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    Carrying some pretty low-key sponsorship (how things have changed!) from Alness Fashions, this is the Ecurie Evergreen (Alain de Cadanet’s team) entry at the 1970 BOAC 1000. The race was held as usual at Brands Hatch and this shot shows this 908/2 ‘Flunder’ (#008) joining the grid. It was driven by de Cadenet/Del Rio and although qualifying 15th it failed to finish due to a gearbox problem on lap 179 of 235.

    The Take Courage beer advertisement in the background is a poignant reminder that Piers Courage, who was the heir to that brewing company, was not only taking part in this race in an Alfa Romeo (DNF) but that in just over two months he would be killed driving a De Tomaso for Frank Williams in the Dutch Grand Prix.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5663

    Martin
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    Seen on the grid but well before the start at the Monza 1000Km in 1968 is the Siffert/Herrmann 908LH (#003), which failed to make the most of its 2nd position by coming home 19th after a rear brake duct came loose and wrapped itself around a driveshaft.

    The very period-looking lady is certainly not a ‘pilota’ as her pass says and the GT40 on pole, although 2.3 seconds quicker than the 908, was destined not to finish, although another JW-Gulf Ford took the win. It was crewed by Ickx and Redman, both of whom were to become Porsche regulars.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5682

    Martin
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    Registered in November 1980 to Porsche Cars GB, this 924 Carrera GT (#WPOZZZ93ZBN700067 ) may well be the first RHD version and possibly also the 1980 British Motor Show exhibit. Used during 1981 by the Porsche Cars GB MD, it then went to AFN and Tony Lanfranchi raced it for them in a 1982 BRSCC sports car series with some success.

    It was eventually returned to road specification and was sold for £46000 at auction in 2014. It is seen here at Silverstone in 1982 in the company of a Lotus and some Morgans and as only 75 RHD versions were produced it is good to know that it has survived.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5734

    Martin
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    On pole at Zandvoort for the aptly named Trophy of the Dunes in 1969 is Gijs van Lennep in a 908/02 in an unusual dark livery. The Pon’s Automobielhandel sponsorship presumably relates to the VW franchise founded by Porsche racer Ben Pon’s father, although Pon Jr had retired from racing earlier in the decade.

    Then comes the moment that the cars pull away and the concentration is evident. Van Lennep won the race and also on the grid can be seen 917 owner David Piper’s Lola T70 (which came 2nd) and the 906 (#146) of Toine Hezemans, who finished 5th and won his class.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5924

    Martin
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    Awaiting the start at the Snetterton round of the 1968 European Touring Car Championship is the Scuderia Lufthansa 911 of Herman Dorner/Robert Schwarz. Their trip to Britain was looking worthwhile after practice as they were 6th on the grid, but a piston problem eliminated them very early in the race.

    Behind can be seen the Kremer 911 of Kremer/Pesch that finished second overall to a Mustang and won its class, along with some of the BMW and Alfa Romeo opposition that were not far behind.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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