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

Porsche 935 K3/80 (Le Mans 1980): 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. .
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Porsche 935 K3/80 (Portland Winner - 1980): The K3 was the third of four variations on 935 created by Kremer, which incorporated their ideas and thinking on how to improve the car over what the Porsche factory was currently doing. Kremer was also interested in saving as much weight as possible and to that end, incorporated an air to air intercooler on the K3 which was both lighter and more reliable than the water to air intercooler being used by Porsche. This car (Ch. 00023) is one of approximately thirteen K3's built by Kremer. It was sold to Dick Barbour just in time for Le Mans, where Barbour, John Fitzpatrick and Brian Redman finished 5th overall and 1st in class. Barbour brought the car to the US to run in the IMSA championship and hired Fitzpatrick to drive. Fitz won seven events including Portland as seen here and took the IMSA Drivers Championship. His overall international success in the car earned him the Porsche Cup in 1980. For 1981, he would take over the Barbour Racing Team.
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Porsche 935/80 (SEBRING WINNER - 1981): 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 the 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.
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Porsche 935 L1 'Baby' (Le Mans 1981): Jan Lundgårdh, Axel Plankenhorn and our friend Mike Wilds failed to finish Le Mans in 1981, as the 935 Lundgardh had 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.
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Porsche 935 K3/80 (DRM Series, 1980): Porsche built the last complete 935 in 1979, but made plenty of parts and other spares available to teams like Kremer. Following up on the successful 1979 season with the K3, the Kremer brothers revised the bodywork and the K3/80 as it was designated ran in both N. America and European races. This car (Ch. 00011), was one of 13 Kremer built cars and used the 3.2L flat-six twin turbo engine which depending on boost, could produce between 740-800 bhp.
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Porsche 935 K3/80 (DRM Series, 1980): Used in the DRM Series in 1980, the car was also driven at Le Mans in 1980 (DNF). It was driven with success by different drivers during the season including John Fitzpatrick, Jochen Mass, Axel Plankenhorn and Rolf Stommelen; with Fitzpatrick driving to two wins. Fitzpatrick bought the car when he started his own team in 1981 and successfully drove to 3rd place in the IMSA standings.
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Porsche 935 K3/79 (Le Mans,1981): 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.
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Porsche 908/80 (Le Mans,1980): 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. Joest, 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.
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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!
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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.
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Porsche 935 K4 (IMSA Series, 1982): 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,
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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.
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Porsche CK5 (Kremer) (Le Mans, 1983): 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.
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Porsche 936C (Mugello 1000 KM, 1982): 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.
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Porsche 924 Carrera GTR (Le Mans, 1982): 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.
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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.
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1982 Porsche 956L (LE MANS WINNER - 1982): 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.
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1982 Porsche 956 (Brands Hatch, 1982-WINNER): The Group C era will be a time of Porsches 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 Ickxs 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.
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1983 Porsche 956 (LE MANS WINNER - 1983): 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.
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Porsche 936C (Le Mans 1982): Because Porsche did not make the 956 available to private teams until 1983, to conform with the new Group C regulations in 1982, Joest Racing built a coupe body to for their 936-81 and it became the 936C. Powered by a 2.6L flat-six twin-turbo engine, with Belga sponsorship, Bob Wollek and brothers Jean-Michel and Phillippe Martin who owned the car, drove at Le Mans in 1982. Wollek qualified the car in 3rd position, behind the two Rothman 956's and ahead of the Lancia LC1's. Raced by the Martin's in WEC races during the 1982 season, they achieved several podium finishes, but crashed at the Nurburgring 1000 Km just before Le Mans. The chassis had to be rebuilt before Le Mans and at that time the bodywork was lengthened. The trio ran in third place behind the Rothman 956 entries until the engine let go 90 minutes from race end.
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Porsche 911 SC (Monte Carlo Rally 1982): Equipe Almeras Frères used their Porsche specialist tuning and race preparation skilled to enter Porsche 911 SC's in the WRC Rally Championship in 1982, picking up slack from the lack of a factory entry. The 911 was getting a bit dated against its newer competition from Opel and Audi, but could hold its own on the right course and circumstances. This car is one of two entries by Almeras on the 1982 Monte Carlo Rallye and hoped to capitalize on their outright 1978 win. The Monte in 1982 was uncharacteristically devoid of ice and snow. This provided equal footing for the rear-wheel drive cars against the new all-wheel drive Audi Quattro. Anticipating worse weather, Almeras with Jean-Luc Therier driving and Michael Vial navigating this car, had selected more snow and ice. As a result, they wore out their tires quickly, still scoring a podium third place behind and Opel and Audi.
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Porsche 956B (Le Mans 1986): 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.
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Porsche 930 (Le Mans 1983): 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.
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Porsche 956L (Le Mans, 1983): 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.
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Porsche 956 (Monza 1000 KM, 1983-WINNER): 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.
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Porsche 956 (Le Mans, 1983): 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.
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Porsche 956 (Le Mans, 1983): 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.
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Porsche 911SC RS (Circuit of Ireland, 1984): The Rothmans Circuit of Ireland in 1984 was held over five days and nights, utilizing 55 stages that started and finished in Ulster after traversing the entire island north to south. Henri Toivonen and Ian Gunderson were paired in the new Rothman liveried Porsche 911SC RS. Their first drive in the car, they were favored but didn't know what to expect against stiff competition from Audi, Opel and Ford. Leading after the first stage, Toivenen hit a bank two stages later, dropping to 15th. He was to quickly make up time and move up the order to again regain the lead of the rally by Stage 20.
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Porsche 911SC RS (Circuit of Ireland, 1984): The top positions of the rally were being fought out between Opel, Audi and Porsche teams. Toivenen was clearly in control, posting over a six-minute lead going into Stage 34. However, he hurt his ankle in a celebrity cart race before that stage and was seriously impacted in his ability to drive fast. Trying to hold onto the lead, gearbox trouble eliminated all but 5th gear and precipitated the Porsche decent down the order. Unable to fit a spare gearbox liberated from a passenger car in time, the Porsche team dropped out on the night stage (44) in Donegal. So close, but it gave local rally hero Billy Coleman in a Opel Manta a much celebrated win.
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Porsche 911SC RS (Circuit of Ireland, 1984): I have never been a keen rally enthusiast, interested, but not as familiar with the sport as I might have been if it was more prevalent in N. America. The rallying we did in the 1970's was TSD usually on tarmac. Quite a different animal from European rallying. Due to that lack of knowledge and appreciation, on one of my trips to N. Ireland in 1984, I missed my chance to spectate a major rally, just catching a glimpse of it. My main memory is of this Porsche 911SC coming up the main road. After watching highlights on You Tube, had I known then what I do now, I would have made it to a stage or two. Nearly forty years on, I wanted a model of that Porsche as a memento of that memory and a great trip
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Porsche 956 L (Le Mans, 1983): 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.
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Porsche 956 L (Le Mans, 1984): 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.
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Porsche 956 B (LE MANS WINNER - 1984): 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.
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Porsche 928 S (Daytona 24-HR, 1984): 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.
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1984 Porsche 956 B (LE MANS WINNER - 1985): 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.
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1984 Porsche 962 (Le Mans 1986): 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.
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1984 Porsche 962 (Le Mans 1984): 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.
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1984 Porsche 962 (DAYTONA WINNER - 1985): 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.
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Porsche 962 (DAYTONA WINNER - 1986): 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 Al Holbert in this car.
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Porsche 962 (DAYTONA WINNER - 1987): Having raced over 70,000 miles since it was the third customer 962 built in 1984, Chassis #103 won fifteen IMSA GTP races including twice at the Daytona 24 Hours. Driving the car at Daytona in 1987 were Al Holbert, Derek Bell, Chip Robinson and Al Unser, Jr.. Holbert would win the race at Lime Rock, this car's final race later in the season. It was supposed to have been retired at the end of the 1985 season, but Holbert knew the car had more good races left. The two Daytona wins and four others!
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Porsche 962 C (Le Mans 1988) : 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).
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1Porsche 962 (SEBRING WINNER - 1987): 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.
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Porsche 962 C (LE MANS WINNER - 1986): Al Holbert and Derek Bell were joined by Hans-Joachim Stuck at Le Mans in 1986, driving one of the three Rothmans Porsche entries. Porsche had brought the same cars form the previous year and this car (Ch. #003) had finished 3rd with Bell and Stuck in 1985. Stuck qualified the car in 2nd spot and remained there the first five hours. They had a hard fought first twelve hours in the race between one of their sister cars and the Joest Porsche 956B. With the other Rothman's car gone in the 12th hour due to an accident, the Joest 956B looking like it might claim a third consecutive Le Mans win, exited the race in the 13th hour while leading. The rest of the race for the trio in this car was uneventful and they finished eight laps up on the second place car. Holbert and Bell had won Daytona earlier in the year and added the Le Mans victory to their resumes. Bell and Stuck were successful in this chassis, scoring another four wins and a couple of seconds in the World Sports Prototype Championship.
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Porsche 962 C (Le Mans 1986): Bob Wollek, Jochen Mass and Vern Schuppan drove the second Rothmans Porsche entry (Ch. #004) at Le Mans in 1986. Mass had set a blistering qualifying lap to take the pole from his teammate Hans-Joachim Stuck in the sister car. Through the first twelve hours of the race, the trio had the car solidly in 2nd or 3rd place, vying for the lead. On the 180th lap, Mass spun on oil in the Porsche Curves, hitting a Ecosse Ford which had also spun. The impact damaged the suspension and three blown tires, ending the race for this car. One of the first four of the ninety-one 962's made and one of 16 factory cars, it was sold to Joest Racing after Le Mans in 1986 and was run by that team through the 1989 season, including Le Mans in 1988 where it placed 6th.
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Porsche 962 C (Le Mans 1986): The third Rothman Porsche entry at Le Mans in 1986, was this car (Ch. #002) driven by Vern Schuppan and Drake Olson. The car had run at Le Mans the previous year, finishing 10th. Porsche installed an experimental new electronic gearbox for the '86 Le Mans, but had concerns over its reliability, as it placed increased stress on the half shafts. Those concerns proved to be well founded, as the car exited the race with a broken half shaft after 41 laps. They had been in 7th place up to that point, one position up from where they had qualified. After the retirement, Schuppan was assigned to the Mass/Wollek car. The 962C with its 3.0L flat-six, twin-turbo charged engine producing 780 bhp, was at the top of the pack in endurance racing in 1986. It would reign supreme one more year, but stiffer competition other than from other Porsche's was on the way.
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Porsche 962 (Del Mar IMSA 1987-Winner: Chassis 962-121 was delivered to Bruce Levin's Bayside Racing in summer 1986 and I saw it run at one of its first races at Portland where Bob Wolleck drove it home to a 9th place finish. During the 1987 IMSA season, this car would become the most successful 962 raced in the series, with top name talent behind the wheel. It won Sebring in 1987 with Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal driving and again in 1988 with Klaus Ludwig and Hans J. Stuck.
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Porsche 962 (Del Mar IMSA 1987-Winner: Between those Sebring wins, Mass/Rahal won at Mid-Ohio, Klaus Ludwig at Laguna Secca, Rahal at Columbus and 2nd at Portland; with Mass winning at Sears Point and the season finale at Del Mar in this livery. After Sebring in 1988, Bayside left IMSA to focus on racing in the CART Indy car series. A successful private team that succeeded against the factory backed efforts of Porsche, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar and Nissan.
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Porsche 962 C (Le Mans 1987): Brun Motorsport brought three cars to Le Mans in 1987, two older 962's and this car (Ch.#001BM); a new 962C with a monocoque built by Brun and then assembled with standard 962 parts. Powered by the customer spec 962 engine of 2.85L and producing 640 bhp, the 962's struggled during the Le Mans race, with most of the dozen cars entered exiting with engine problems. This entry driven by Canadian drivers Scott Goodyear, Bill Adam and Richard Spenard qualified 23rd, but were in 9th place when their engine failed in the 10th hour (poor race fuel is thought responsible for the number of holed pistons Porsche's experienced at Le Mans in 1987). Brun's other two cars also failed to finish the race (engine and accident). This 962C was raced by Brun in the German Supercup in 1987 and 1988, despite no wins Brun secured second place as a team in 1987.
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Porsche 959 (Paris-Dakar, 1986 - WINNER): 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.
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Porsche 962 C (LE MANS, 1986 - 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.
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Porsche 962 C (LE MANS, 1987 - 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. The 962 was powered by a 3.0L flat-six turbo derived from the 935.
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Porsche 962 C (Le Mans 1988): Porsche hoped to dominate Le Mans again in 1988, sending four factory 962s (of which three made the race) to join the eleven strong 962 C contingent. They started out strong, with the factory cars qualifying in the top three positions. This car driven by Mario, Michael and Jeff Andretti qualified third. They factory cars started the race out in front, but Jaguar had other ideas and soon were out in front while the Porsches due to tactical and technical errors and problems didn't dominate the race as originally thought they would. In the Andretti camp, Marios Le Mans luck, or lack thereof, raised its ugly head. Mechanical set backs would end their hopes of a better finish, but coming home on only five cylinders, the trio managed to finish 6th.
Model by STARTER 1/43
Porsche 962 C (Le Mans 1988): Derek Bell drove 962 C's to 21 victories between 1984 and 1987. At Le Mans in 1988, teamed with Hans-Joachim Stuck and Klaus Ludwig in this car (Ch. #010), one of the three factory cars, they finished 2nd behind the winning Jaguar XJR-9. Stuck had qualified the car on pole and unknown to Porsche, the lead Jaguar was in trouble during the last hour and could have been caught and passed for the lead. Porsche gave the normally hard charging Ludwig instruction with 28 minutes left to ease off and save the car to secure 2nd place. That cost Porsche another win at Le Mans.
Model by SPARK 1/43
Porsche 962 C (Le Mans,1988): Joining Porsches effort to dominate Le Mans in 1988, was this 962C driven by Bob Wollek, Sarel van de Merwe and Vern Schuppan. The car was qualified 2nd, sandwiched between the other two Porsche factory entries. Porsche had turned up the turbo boost for qualifying, but under normal race boost settings, the Jaguars proved faster, taking the lead on Lap 2. Trying to wear down the competition, this car suffered engine failure in the 12th hour, after 157 laps. A sad end to the efforts by this veteran crew of drivers.
Model by SPARK 1/43

Porsche 962 C (DAYTONA WINNER - 1989): 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
Porsche 962 C (Daytona 24-HR, 1990): 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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