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The 1980's: Group C Dominance, Porsche Again Owns Le Mans

1980 Porsche 935 K3/80: John Fitzpatrick, Brian Redman and Dick Barbour drove Barbour's 935 K3/80 at Le Mans in 1980. One of 15 935's entered, four of which were Kremer models, the trio finished in 5th position overall and 1st in the IMSA class at Le Mans in 1980. Fastest in qualifying, a burnt piston early Sunday forced the team to run on less cylinder after havimg led the race at one point and in third position for most of it. .
Model by FUJIMI 1/43
1980 Porsche 935/80 (SEBRING WINNER): Seattle based Bayside Disposal Racing was owned by Bruce Levin, who teamed with some of the best racing talent to compete in IMSA during the 1980's . In 1981, teamed with Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert, Levin won the first of three victories at th sebring 12 Hours. Driving Levin's 935-80, the trio were three laps ahead of the second place finisher at race end. The Porsche factory built three 935/80's for specific customers, Hurley Haywood being one of them. Haywood drove the Brumos prepared car in IMSA competiton in 1980 and 1981. Levin purchased the car following Peter Gregg's death in 1980.
Model by TSM MODEL 1/43
1980 Porsche 935 L1 'Baby': At Le Mans in 1981, Jan Lundgårdh, Axel Plankenhorn and Mike Wilds failed to finish, as the 935 Lundgardh developed Failed to finish. They went out on the 6th hour due to engine failure (1.4L turbo) and were classified in 44th position. Model signed by Mike Wilds.
Model by FUJIMI 1/43
1981 Porsche 935 K3/79: Charles Ivey Engineering prepared this car for Claude Bourgoignie, John Cooper and Dudley Wood to drive Wood's 935 K3 at Le Mans in 1981. They finished 4th overall and 1st in class, using the 3.1L turbo six-cylinder engine, which was producing close to 800 bhp.
Model by FUJIMI 1/43

1980 Porsche 908/80: Porsche never made one of the three 936 cars available to privateers. Reinhold Joest built this car (936/80-004) on a 936 chassis, but Porsche would not allow the use of the 936 model number. Raced at Le Mans in 1980 Joest and Jacky Ickx finished 2nd. Jöest, Dale Whittington and Klaus Niedzwiedz drove the car in this livery at Le Mans in 1981. Unlike the previous year, an accident took them out of the race in the sixth hour. Whittington in his first stint behind the wheel, spun at Tetra Rouge and put the car into the barrier. The Joest 908/80 was powered by a 2.1L turbocharged flat-six engine good for about 640 bhp.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1980 Porsche 935 J (SEBRING WINNER): Some cars have long racing lives, few of which have as extensive a pedigree as this car. It started life in 1978 as a 935/77A with Kremer Racing and was run in the DRM Series primarily, but also endurance events such as Le Mans. This car finished 6th overall and 1st in class at Le Mans in 1978. It was sold to Sekurt Racing in 1979 and run extensively including Le Mans again, where it finished 7th. At Le Mans again in 1980 it was run by Vegla Racing and finished 8th overall and 1st in class. It was acquired by Joest Racing and upgraded to 935 J specification in 1980, but its 1981 run at Le Mans ended in a DNF, its final run at Le Mans. After that it was campaigned in the DRM in 1982 &'83 by Vegla, before being acquired by DeNavaez Racing. With backing and support from Joest, Mauricio DeNavaez, Stefan Johnason and Hans Heyer won Sebring in 1984. DeNarvaez would try for a repeat Sebring win in 1985, but the car retired with engine trouble. A real campaigner!
Model by SPARK 1/43
1981 Porsche 936/81 (LE MANS WINNER): Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx won Le Mans in 1981 driving this Porsche 908/81. It would be Bell's second of five Le Mans wins and the fifth of six for Ickx. Porsche used one of the original 936 chassis (#003) as a test bed for the new 956 engine of 2.7L. The twin-turbo six produced 620 bhp and had a top speed of 224 mph. 1981 marked the 30th anniversary of Porsche's first entry at Le Mans and the win was the last for the great 936.
Model by MINI RACING 1/43
1981 Porsche 935 K4: John Fitzpatrick campaigned this K4 in the 1982 IMSA series in the GTP class. He finished 1st at both the Mid-Ohio races, Lime Rock and Road America. Before Fitzpatrick's ownership, this car (#K4/01) ran in Europe as the Kremmer Jagermeister entry with Bob Wollek driving in the DRM,
Model by SPARK 1/43

1981 Porsche 935 JLP-3 (SEBRING WINNER): John Paul, Sr and John Paul, Jr. drove this Porsche 935 to victory at Sebring in 1982. Prior to the Sebring 12-Hour, they raced the car in IMSA endurance events in 1981, winning at Pocono. In 1982, they started out the year winning the Daytona 24-Hours with Rolf Stommelen added to the J.L.P. Racing team. Paul Jr. went on to win the 1982 IMSA Championship and claimed five victories in a row that this car was entered in. This is the only car to win both Daytona and Sebring in the same year and is believed to be the most successful 935. Powered by a 3.2L twin-turbo, six-cylinder, it features a GAACO tube fram chassis. The team raced the car in 1983 without much successs. By that time the Paul's legal troubles had begun to catch-up with them and the focus was taken off racing.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1982 Porsche CK5 (Kremer): Kremer created the CK5 in 1982 until the new Porsche 956 was available to customers. Using a 908/936 chassis, a twin-turbo 2.8L six-cyliner engine from a 935 and a 917 transaxle and rear suspension, Kremer set out to camapign in the World Endurance Championship Group C cars . This car (Ch. CK05-01) did quite well in the DRM series, being sold in 1983 to Porsche privateer Richard Cleare Racing and the engine was increased to 3.0L. At Le Mans in 1983 it was placed as high as 10th, with a top speed of over 221 mph, before a dropped valve in the 4th hour ended its race. At Le Mans in 1983, it was driven by Richard Cleare, Tony Dron and Richard Jones.
Model by GAMMA 1/43
1982 Porsche 936C: Bob Wollek, Henri Pescarolo and Hans Heyer drove this car (Chassis #JR005) entered by Joest Racing, to 3rd place at Mugello (1st in Group C) in Italy in the 1000Km race in 1982. The Porsche factory introduced the 956 that year for Group C competiton. Private teams such as Joest and Kremmer had to wait until the following year to get their cars, so for 1982, both teams built new bodyshapes for the 936 that incorporated a roof.. This 2.6L twin-turbo, flat six cylinder powered car ran at Le Mans in 1982, '83 and '86, with its best finish being 6th in 1986.
Model by K MODEL 1/43
1982 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR: Jim Busby and Doc Bundy drove the Brumos Racing 924 at Le Mans in 1982, finishing 16th overall and 1st in the IMSA GTO class. The 924 Carrera GTR was the ultimate racing development of the 924 and its turbo charged 2.0L four-cylinder engine produced 375 hp with speeds and performance which rivaled the 911 based race cars at the time. 924 GTR's were widely raced in Trans-Am and IMSA series in the USA. Brumos raced this car in the 1982 IMSA series including Daytona (19th) and Sebring (23rd) endurance events. It was raced again by Brumos in 1983, featuring an all Female team which included Deborah Gregg, widow of Brumos principal Peter Gregg.
Model by Spark

1982 Porsche 956: Introduced in 1982 to compete in the FIA World Sportscar Championship Group C, the 956 used an aluminum monocoque, featuring the Type-935 2.65 L turbocharged Flat-6 engine, which produced 635 hp. This car is Chassis #101 was sold to Kremer Racing to contest the WSC in 1983 & 1984. It was one of the twelve 956 customer cars sold by Porsche. Its best finish came at Le Mans in 1983, driven by Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Philippe Alliot, where they finished 3rd in the Kenwood sponsored car. The customer 956's were heavier than the factory cars and struggled with higher fuel consumption, making them slower than the works cars to save fuel. Behind two factory cars, customer 956's finished Le Mans in 1983 in the next six positions.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1982 Porsche 956L (LE MANS WINNER): The Porsche 956 was a Group C sports-prototype racing car introduced in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. The engine is the same as the one used in the Porsche 936, the Type-935 2.7L turbocharged Flat-6, producing approximately 635 hp. Jacky Ickx and Derrick Bell set the pole at the 1982 Le Mans with this 956LH. They led the race for the entire 24 hours, eventually taking the overall win - their third win together. It was a 1-2-3 finish for Porsche.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1982 Porsche 956: The Group C era will be a time of Porsche´s greatest success in motorsport. With the models 956 (1982-1984) and 962 (1985-1989), Porsche wins five team, manufacturers‘, and drivers‘ world championships. These sportscars also secure six Le Mans victories. Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass won at Brands Hatch. Unforgettable for Ickx´s final spurt to victory and world champion status at Brands Hatch, where in the last hour he reels in Riccardo Patrese who leads by almost one lap.
Model by IXO 1/43
1983 Porsche 956 (LE MANS WINNER): Rothmans entered three Porsche 956 cars at Le Mans in 1983. One car retired in the 21st hour with engine problems, but the remaining two team cars frinished 1-2. This car (Chassis #003) won with Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert sharing the driving duties. They won with an average speed of just over 130 mph, over 3,136 miles.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43

1983 Porsche 956B: Joest Racing's entry at Le Mans in 1986, where it finished 3rd behind two of the then new 962's and ahead of two other older 956's, was driven by Americans George Follmer, John Morton and Kenper Miller. This car (Chassis #104) was first raced by Joest in 1983 and very successfully through the 1986 season in Group C. It was raced at Le Mans in four times, with the 1986 race the best result for this chassis.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1983 Porsche 930: Charles Ivey Racing entered this car at Le Mans in 1983 for John Cooper, Paul Smith and David Ovey. They finished 11th overall and 1st in class. The 930 was produced from 1975-1989 and was the turbocharged version of the 911. It was also the basis for the 934 & 935 race cars. Powered by a 3.3L single turbo flat-six which produced 330 hp, and a top speed of about 175 mph. I owned one of these cars for a while and know just how quick they can be once you get used to 'driving' the turbo.
Model by SOLIDO (modified)
1983 Porsche 956L: Porsche domintaed Le Mans in 1983, taking the first 8 places with the 956. This entry by John Fitzpatrick Racing failed to finish, but is sister car finished 5th. Driving this entry were John Fitzpatrick, David Hobbs and Dieter Quester. The Fitzpatrick team were the World Sportscar Endurance Champions in 1983 and IMSA in 1980. Fitzpatrick was the BTCC Champion in 1966 driving a Mini and worked his way up to become one of the world's best Porsche drivers.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43

1983 Porsche 956: Bob Wollek and Thierry Boutsen drove thier Joest 956 to first place at Monza 1000 km during the opening round of the 1983 World Sports Car Championship.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43
1983 Porsche 956: Volkert Merl, Clemens Schickentanz and Maurizio de Narvaez drove this Joest Racing entry to a 4th in class and 4th place overall finish at Le Mans in 1983. The following year, the Joest team would win Le Mans & again in 1985.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43
1983 Porsche 956: Porsche swept the first eight places at Le Mans in 1983. Jan Lammers, Jonathan Palmer and Richard Lloyd put this car in 8th spot, 31 laps down to the winner. This car was owned and entered by Lloyd.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

1983 Porsche 956 L: Preston Henn's Thunderbird Swap Shop in conjunction with John Fitzpatrick Racing, entered this car (Ch. #103) at Le Mans in 1983. Driving with Henn were Jean-Louis Schlesser and Claude Ballot-Lena. They finished 10th overall and were 10th in class. Porsche's domonated Le Mans in 1983, occupying nine of the top ten spots. Henn entered this car again at Le Mans in 1984 and his team finished 2nd overall.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1983 Porsche 956 L: At Le Mans in 1984, Jean Rondeau and John Paul, Jr. drove Preston Henn's trusty 956 which had run at Le Mans the year before under Fitzpatrick Racing management. They ran a pretty smooth race compared to the other team car, a new 962, which retired with four hours left. Their run was without some drama however, as the car required new brake discs during the night and the left-front wheel feel off in the Porsche curves. Fortunately, Rondeau limped the car back to the pits, but the delay cost them the outright win. Despite qualifying 26th, the pair finished 2nd overall an 2nd in the Group C class.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43

1984 Porsche 928 S: To promote the performance of the 928, Porsche entrusted Brumos Racing to prepare (but not modify) its experimental all-aluminum 928 S for the Daytona 24 Hours in 1984. A team of Vic Elford, Richard Attwood, Howard Meister and Bob Hagestad ran as high as 5th place before a lengthy pit stop droped them down the order. They finished 15th overall and 4th in the GTO class. Powered by a production 4.7L V8 engine, this 928 was only raced once.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1984 Porsche 956 B (LE MANS WINNER): Joest Racing won Le Mans in 1984 with Henri Pescarolo and Klaus Ludwig driving, the first of twelve wins at Le Mans for Joest. This car (Chassis #117) was raced again at Le Mans in 1985 and won, as well as with great success in the Interserie Championship with great success i 1984 & 1985. The designation 956 B refers to the five customer 956's built by Porsche.
Model by HPI 1/43
1984 Porsche 956 B (LE MANS WINNER): Joest Racing won Le Mans again in 1985 with Klaus Ludwig driving, along with Paolo Barilla and Louis Krages. This was the same car (Chassis #117) that won Le Mans in 1984. Porsche and Joest would continue to dominate Le Mans in the years to come.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1984 Porsche 962: Chassis #956-114 started life in 1984 with John Fitzpatrick Racing vying in Group C races in Europe, with David Hobbs as one of its principal drivers. Fitzpatrick campaigned the car the next three seasons, with its best results coming at Le Mans. In 1984 it finished 3rd and in 1985 it finished 4th. In 1986 it again finished 4th with Emilio de Villota, Fermin Velez and George Fouche driving.
Model by STARTER 1/43
1984 Porsche 962: Driving one of the first 962's, Rupert Keegan, Guy Edwards and Roberto Moreno drove the Skoal Bandit entry owned by John Fitzpatrick Racing at Le Mans in 1984. An accident in the 6th hour took them out of the race when Keegan spun on oil and badly damaged the suspension. They were classified in 43rd position. The 962 wheelbase was lengthened to bring the pedal box behind the front axle, providing greater driver safety.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1984 Porsche 962 (DAYTONA WINNER): Preston Henn entered this 962 (#104) under the sponsorship of his Swap Shops at Daytona in 1985 to begin the new racing season. A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Sr., Bob Wollek and Thierry Boutsen drove to victory, with Foyt and Wollek driving to the win at Sebring in 1985. The car was raced at Le Mans in 1984 (DNF), as well as Daytona (2nd) and Sebring (DNF) again in 1986. The 962 in 1984 and early 1985 used a 2.8L flat-six turbo engine producing 700+ bhp.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1984 Porsche 962 (DAYTONA WINNER): One of the most successful 962's is Chassis #103, which was raced in the IMSA series by Holbert Racing from 1984-1987. During that period of time over 30 races, the car scored 20 podium finishes and 12 wins, including wins at the Daytona 24 Hrs in 1986 & 1987. Regular drivers were Al Holbert and Derek Bell, but they were joined on the longer endurance races by Al Unser, Jr., or Chip Robinson.The 1985 & 86 IMSA GTP Championship was won by Holbert and 1987 by Robinson in this car.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1986 Porsche 962C: Brun Motorsport campaigned two cars at Le Mans in 1988. This 962 C (Ch #115) sponored by Spanish oil company Repsol, finished 7th overall with Jesus Pareja, Massimo Sigula and Uwe Schafar driving. They were hampered by brake problems, which cost the trio a higher finish. Their sister car exited the race in the 7th hour due to an accident. This car was used regularly by Brun to good effect in Europe from 1986-1988, competing at Le Mans three times (2nd place in 1986, retired in 1987).
Model by VITESSE (modified) 1/43
1986 Porsche 962 (SEBRING WINNER): Bruce Levin and his Northwest based Bayside Disposal Racing were consistent winners in IMSA, with 1987 being their most succesful season with six wins. Employing Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal to drive, the team won Sebring in 1987 with their Porsche 962. The pair had raced at Daytona, having to retire with chassis issues. This car (Chassis #121) was campaigned in half the IMSA races, in the 1987 season, but won half of the races it was enetered in. Beyond 1987, the car was again entered at Sebring, this time with Hans-Joachim Stuck and Klaus Ludwig taking the win. Wins in consecutive years at Sebring are the highlight of this 962's career, which ran until 1989 when it was retired.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1986 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar: When Group B shifted from road racing to rallying, Porsche shifted to frank state-of-the-art, cost-no-object technological innovation and concentrated on the Paris_Dakar rally beginning in 1984. Rene Metge and Dominic Lemoyne took 1st place in 1986. With a distance of 13,000 kilometres, the Paris-Dakar marathon is one of the toughest in history. The 959 features a six-cylinder boxer engine with a 2,849 cc capacity and two-turbo chargers, producing 400 bhp.
Model by NOREV 1/43
1986 Porsche 962C (LE MANS WINNER): Porsche won Le Mans again for the sixth consecutive time in 1986 and the third of four wins for the Rothmans team with Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck Jr. and Al Holbert driving. It was also the first Le Mans win for the Porsche 962C. Porsche dominated Le Mans in 1986, taking the first seven places and three class wins. Rothmans/Porsche would repeat their victory at Le Mans the next year.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1987 Porsche 962C (LE MANS WINNER): The same trio that won Le Mans the year before (Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck Jr. and Al Holbert) drove to victory again in 1987. This would be Bell's fifth and final win at Le Mans. Porsche did not have the same level of domination at Le Mans in 1987, but did take the top four places. Jaguar and Mercedes Benz were nipping at their heels.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1988 Porsche 962C: Derek Bell drove the 962C to 21 victories between 1984 and 1987. At Le Mans in 1988, teamed with Hans Stuck Jr and Klaus Ludwig in one of the three factory cars, he finished 2nd behind the winning Jaguar XJR-9. Porsche 962's finished in eight of the top ten spots at Le Mans that year. The 962 is powered by the 935 derived 3.0L flat-six turbo engine.
Model by ONYX 1/43
1988 Porsche 962C (DAYTONA WINNER): In one of the final major victories for the 962, Bob Wolleck, Derek Bell and John Andretti won the Daytona 24 Hours in 1989. Wolleck, Baldi and Redman sat on the pole at Daytona in 1988 in this car (Chassis 108C/C02) and Wollech campaigned the car in the '88 and '89 IMSA seasons, It was a consistent top 5 finisher.
Model by STARTER
1989 Porsche 962C: This car (Chassis #001GS) was campaigned by Momo/Gephardt Racing in the '89 IMSA and European Interserie series, always finishing in the top 10. At Daytona in 1990, Derek Bell, Gianpiero Moretti and Stanley Dickens finished in 41st overall and 11th in class due to an accident. The car was raced again in both series in 1990, including Le Mans where it was classified 43rd but DNF'd.
Model by SPARK 1/43



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