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  • #4909

    Martin
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    A proud 356B owner rather inappropriately placed – but who is he?

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

     

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  • #4918

    Martin
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    A perhaps unlikely picture of Sir Frank Williams, shown here in his new 911 in March 1968. This was prior to his involvement in F1 and when he was still running a car for Piers Courage in F2 and using the Frank Williams Racing Cars team name. The next nine years were to be very interesting for Frank, initially as a F1 entrant and then taking his first tentative steps as an F1 constructor, although things didn’t really get into gear until he founded Williams Grand Prix Engineering with Patrick Head in 1977

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4919

    Martin
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    A rare photograph of longstanding Porsche writer Jerry Sloniger, taken from an April 1976 Motor test that he was conducting on a 934. He certainly had quite a special relationship with Porsche and this enabled him to access many things unavailable to others.

    As well as writing about and photographing numerous models he was also the author of a number of Porsche books, beginning with this one in 1958.

    He was one of the first -if not the first- to picture the 911 ‘tea tray’ spoiler in use as such, as we can see in this view of his wife serving afternoon tea on a Carrera RS in Germany in 1974.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5048

    Martin
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    Denis Jenkinson wanders nonchalantly at Ragley Hall hill climb in 1959 and although he was competing in his 356 that day he is included here as he used the car extensively throughout Europe when employed by Motor Sport. ‘Jenks’ is still a revered figure in motoring journalism today over 20 years after his death and those of a certain age will still recall his thoughtful and entertaining columns. ‘DSJ’ also wrote a number of books and these included some about Porsches along with a history of AFN, the original British Porsche importers. A keen motorcyclist and sometime racer, he was 1949 World Sidecar Champion -as passenger- and his later co-driving with Moss to their Mille Miglia victory in 1955 was yet another amazing facet of this remarkable man, short in stature but long in ability.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5049

    Martin
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    Denis Jenkinson was obviously not the only journalist to travel by 356, as this photograph taken at the Solitude circuit in 1961 shows.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5514

    Martin
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    Porsche enthusiasts can come from all walks of life and one of the most ardent users of special Porsche road cars -although perhaps also one of the most unlikely- was the Austrian orchestral conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-89). Seen here in a 356 Speedster, he was also to be found behind the wheel of other fast cars.

    Photo: Porsche AG

    Karajan developed a special relationship with the factory from quite an early stage (perhaps it was their mutual Austrian background?) and bought various high performance models including a 550 which Herrmann/von Frankenberg raced at Le Mans in 1957, a 718 and a very special lightweight 930/911RS hybrid, culminating in his taking delivery of a 959 after the works invited him to try one of the earliest examples.

    Photo: Deutsche Grammophon

    On the above LP cover he is shown at the wheel of his specially constructed 1975 930/RS.

  • #5910

    Martin
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    During a recent conversation with actress and presenter Jenny Hanley she revealed that she was a 356 owner for a number of years. She bought the car in 1968, a right hand drive T6-type 356B cabriolet which would have been made between September 1961 and June 1963. Only around 1000-1500 of these dropheads were made annually during this period so it would have been quite a rare car even then, particularly in RHD form. Finished in bright blue with a beige interior and a black roof, Jenny religiously washed the car and touched in any stone chips, charging the battery herself when necessary (sometimes spilling acid on her jeans!) and having a chap called Bert take care of it mechanically.

    While finding the steering heavy at low speed she kept a sack of logs in the luggage compartment to aid its handling and her father once rubbed the area between the engine cover grills and remarked that it was very clever that they had managed to remove the pole, implying that it looked like a fairground dodgem! Unfortunately, it was her fastidious approach to ownership that saw the demise of the car, when the garage that was meant to be fitting a new hood burned to the ground with the car inside. Fortunately the Porsche Club assisted with a successful insurance claim and she still remembers her ‘beautiful car’ very fondly, the ignition key acting as a souvenir. Jenny thinks that these photos were taken in relation to her having just secured a regular spot in the BBC TV series Softly, Softly: Taskforce, so that would date them to 1972.

    Photos: Jenny Hanley

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