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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/14 12:22:07 (permalink)
Yes, I try to be as accurate as possible here as there is no point dealing with anything historical unless you approach it in that way. In the past a lot of mistakes in books were then repeated by people not doing enough (or any!) original research and with the internet being a primary reference source these days -but with a lot of opinion and supposition being taken as fact- the situation is now even worse. Unfortunately the more that things get repeated the more that they are accepted as being true, so I always say ‘assume nothing’!
 
Turning to your latest picture -and what an unusual angle- I think that it is the Luxembourg crew of Nicholas Koob/Nico Demuth on the 1977 Monte, where they finished a worthy 9th overall. They appear in this film of the event as No.21 along with some other 911's.
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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/14 17:08:24 (permalink)
Commercial Break – Porsches in old non-Porsche advertising.
 
Two adverts from Pirelli, the first fittingly showing a 928 in this, its anniversary year and the second a Carrera RS owned by noted Sprite exponent John Sprinzel, happily still with us at 87.


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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/16 00:03:19 (permalink)
Three pairs of pictures this week.
 

^A pair of fast road cars are seen in the paddock at Silverstone on the occasion of the 1980 Six Hour race. We don’t know anything about the 911 with its distinctive registration, but the 928 (wearing a British Racing Drivers Club badge) may have been being used by Jurgen Barth. He was sharing Siggi Brunn’s 908/3 pictured below and the team Mercedes truck can be seen next to the cars.
 

^The Brunn/Barth 908/3 (#012) mentioned above has been perfectly caught by the photographer, a great pit lane shot with lots going on. The car started from 8th and finished 2nd, only 18 seconds behind the winning de Cadanet Lola. By this time it was already something of a veteran, having started out as a JW-Gulf team car back in 1971 and it was then raced extensively in the hands of the Joest team before being acquired by Brunn, competing until at least 1983. Interestingly, at the time of our photo is was wearing the same blue/orange colour scheme with which it started out (apart from the additional arrow), right down to the green air intake.
 

^With the fearsome banking of the north turn in the background along with the distinctive control tower (now a restaurant/hotel) this can only be Avus and in this race a 356 victory looks to be a distinct possibility. However, there are some non-Porsches in the field including a few Alfa Romeos and a Lotus Elite and note the neat hardtops worn by the 356 Speedsters.
 

^As the cars shown in the preceding picture blast away from the start we can see that every 356 at the front of the grid is a Carrera, one being an earlier model with the round rear lamps. The pictures are marked as being from 1959, although I would say that 1958 is equally possible.
 

^This is the December 1969 Porsche Hockenheim press day -at least it was only raining and not snowing that year!- with a fine lineup of 908, 917PA and 917 awaiting the journalists.
 

^The 917 shown at the end of the line in the preceding picture receives some attention prior to giving the journalists ‘something to write home about’ in the hands of some factory racing drivers.
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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/19 13:18:40 (permalink)
Porsche Publicity – Uncommon old advertisements selling Porsches.
 
A couple of adverts from the Swiss coachbuilder Beutler this time.

Beutler had some early history with Porsche in the Gmund period, building a very small number of convertibles. Ten years later they were commissioned by Porsche to build this distinctive alloy-bodied version of the 356, but only five of these were eventually completed due to disagreements between the two companies as to how they were to be sold.

However, after an even longer gap they came up with this interesting proposal based on the 944, although as far as I am aware none were ever constructed.
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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/19 14:42:33 (permalink)
Beutler had some early Porsche history indeed - according to German author Dirk-Michael Conradt the convertible shown in Geneva in 1949 had a Beutler body (356/2-002). The other five (total six) Beutler convertibles were 003, 021, 024, 028 and 030. The design varies re: the rear fenders among these cars. Source for information here is the aforementioned author and the Swiss Porsche enthusiast H. P. Wyssmann, who owned (owns?) the only survivor, #003 (fully restored in 1989). There seems to be some confusion about #003, as an old list of Porsche Gmünd says it was completed in Vienna, not in Thun, Switzerland. As it´s the only survivor (if still alive today) it shows that it´s a Beutler car from Thun. Probably 20 other cars were completed in Vienna.
 
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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/19 14:46:07 (permalink)
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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/20 07:20:50 (permalink)
Thanks for these three great shots which show some interesting detail differences from the early 356. The stepped rear wing certainly makes the car look older and more traditional compared to the smooth shape of the standard car.
 
Beutler made a number of interesting cars based on a diverse range of makes, although usually in very small quantities and their 44 years in business ended in 1987.
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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/21 17:35:09 (permalink)
Commercial Break – Porsches in old non-Porsche advertising.
 
Two nice Shell adverts, particularly the one featuring the GELO 935.

 

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Re: Porsche Pictures Past 2017/06/23 17:38:03 (permalink)

^The great thing about many of the photographs that we use is that while they may sometimes be lacking in the technical finesse or staging of modern shots they speak volumes about times and places long past. This one is a case in point, an atmospheric view that instantly transports us back to a fine day in October 1952. The location is the still-popular Castle Combe circuit, based on an ex-RAF airfield perimeter road and opened in 1950. Some of the War Department relics (a building and an air raid shelter) can be seen behind the cars and wartime remains were still there less than thirty years ago.
 
This 356 would have been an uncommon sight in Britain at that time, doubly so due to being Bonn-registered and it is also carrying an ADAC (General German Automobile Club) badge. It must have been at most about six months old, being a ‘bent windscreen’ pre-A type and an interesting feature is the addition of pre-1952 VW Beetle horn grilles below the headlamps. These look just right, in fact as though they were designed for the car.
 
Other period details are the Healey Silverstone behind it, the three men (one with an officials armband) all wearing jackets as was then the norm and the motorcyclist -who also appears to be an official- with only a beret for head protection! The registration tells us that his machine is also almost new and it looks to be a BSA A7.
 

^Seen at Le Mans in 1959 rounding the corner at the end of the Mulsanne straight is the works 718 (#006) of Barth/Siedel. As was usual in this race there was a high rate of attrition with only thirteen cars finishing out of the fifty-three starters and this one was unfortunately not among them, having succumbed to a gearbox problem on lap 168 of 232. Unusually that year there were no Porsche finishers despite the fact that six cars had started, the normal reliability that often allowed them to outlast much faster cars being absent on this occasion. The casual dress of the driver, a short-sleeve shirt, will be noted!
 

^Looking quite unlike a standard 962C due to its enclosed rear wheels and separate set-back rear wing, this is one of the cars built by Richard Lloyd Racing (#962GTi200) and raced sixteen times between 1988 and 1990. It is seen here in the hands of Derek Bell/Tiff Needell at Suzuka, Japan in 1989 where it could only manage to qualify 22nd and finish 19th out of 24. Although the 962 was still putting up a brave fight in the hands of various non-factory teams it was by now facing stiff opposition from Sauber, Jaguar, Nissan and Toyota but RLR were not alone in continuing to develop the model in an effort to maintain its competitiveness. This car had previously run in the livery of Porsche Cars Great Britain and the nose and rear wing plates still carry their sponsorship.
 

^Rallycross at Long Marston airfield first took place in 1971 (initially called ‘rallypoint’) but eventually the venue turned to drag racing as its main motorsport activity and that is still the case today. In August 1974 we see the well-known 911 exponent Bernard Rodemark sending the stones and dust flying in his -by the standards of the sport at that time- well prepared car. His son Graham followed him into this area of motorsport and is also a builder and preparer of rallycross and short circuit machines.
 

^At the 1969 Hockenheim Porsche press day two mechanics (as they were then known) attend to a 917, one of them smoking while using an air-operated jack that must have been pretty much state-of-the-art in pit equipment at that time. Neatly turned out in their dark red overalls with Porsche and Shell badges and their lightweight footwear (although I don’t think that the hat was official team gear!), behind can be seen the two Mercedes transporters that passed to JWA when they took on the running of the factory team of 917’s.
 

^This is the 934 (#9306700177) entered by Christian Bussi for himself, Jacques Guérin and Frederic Alliot in the 1980 Silverstone Six Hours. In a very mixed field with plenty of Porsche runners they qualified 25th out of 26 starters and in the race finished a penultimate 10th, 29 laps down on the winner. In fact, six of the eleven finishers were Porsches in this round of the FIA makes and drivers championships and this smart red/white car had raced for various French teams since it began competing four years earlier. It later went to the Italian driver ‘Victor’ who had great success with it.
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