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Ride Onboard With This Porsche 904 Racing At Goodwood

The Porsche featured here is one of eight 904s entered in this sprint race at Goodwood, called the Ronnie Hoare Trophy race. This was the very first race of the weekend, and featured a series of British, German, and Italian small-bore race cars built between 1961 and 1966. The car you ride onboard with in this video is the #35 Porsche 904 driven by world-renowned restaurateur Rainer Becker. According to the video’s caption, the Porsche belongs to a friend, who lent him the multi-million dollar 904 for the day’s race. Oh to have friends like that, eh?

From the start, Rainer gets away from the mark quite well, but is quickly bound up between a 911 on his right and an MGB on his left, with a second 904 on the other side of the MG making it four-wide down the main straight. Discretion being the better part of valor, Rainer eases off the throttle as the gap closes and he settles in behind the MGB for a few laps of dicing. This is an interesting 20-minute stint at the wheel, because it seems like Mr. Becker spends the first half of the race getting accustomed to the Porsche, getting temperature into the tires, and gradually learning the limits of his talent. The second half of the race is when he really pours it on and starts making passes. Once they start coming, he’s an unstoppable machine, putting a number of British roadsters and a few other 904s in his rear-view mirror.

This video is incredible not only for the racing and the visuals involved, but for the glorious wail of the 904’s engine. It feels like the audio accompaniment to this video could be made into an audio track to play on repeat all day. There is something about an uncorked Porsche engine at full chat that just sends shivers down the spine. Crank it up and enjoy!

 
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Porsche Highlights From the Group 5 Demo Run At Goodwood

No matter which camp your motorsport allegiances lie, it is a fact that the most ubiquitous and iconic car of the Group 5 era is Porsche’s wild aerodynamically shaped 911-based prototype, the 935. This year, for the 76th Members Meeting at Goodwood, a few dozen of the greatest Group 5 cars were invited out to parade around the circuit in a so-called « high-speed demo ». These two « demos » are not races, but opportunities for drivers to take their incredible race cars for a spirited trundle around the wet and narrow private circuit. As one would expect, the run group attracted quite a few 935s, and even an awesome 924 Carrera GTR.

In run group one, sadly, that 924 conked out on the first lap, but that is made up for by the incredibly rare opportunity to see the Martini-liveried Langheck Moby Dick circulate a few laps. Throw in a small handful of other, perhaps lesser, 935s, plus a few BMWs and a couple of Italians, and you have yourself a « high-speed demonstration ». Perhaps the best part of this whole event, however, was the fact that this run group featured Mansour Ojjeh’s famous 935 street car as one of the pace cars! If it’s possible, run group two was even more packed with era-appropriate talent. Moby Dick returned for a second helping, joined by two of the Coca Cola sponsored Akin-entered 935s.

While we didn’t get to see these cars racing side-by-side a full speed, this run was still a spectacular sight to see. Race cars like these are often held deep inn collectors’ inner sanctums and don’t frequently see the light of day, let alone the cold and drizzly afternoon in the British countryside. Rolling vintage displays like this one are infinitely better than seeing them parked on a manicured golf course for some Concours or another. Get out and drive your vintage race cars, won’t you?

The demo group was split into two different run groups, and both are available to watch below. Each are about 20 minutes long, providing plenty of awesome ’70s and ’80s fire-spitting entertainment.

Here is Part 1

And here is Part 2

 
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Porsche takes centre stage at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood has announced that Porsche is to be the honoured marque at the Festival of Speed, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. The announcement coincides with the sports car manufacturer celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of its very first sports car – the 356.

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Goodwood 2016 live : Porsche 911 R

Strictement réservée à 991 clients à l’échelon mondial, la Porsche 911 R a profité du rendez-vous de Goodwood pour se laisser apprécier dans un nouveau mariage de couleurs. Jusqu’ici on avait souvent pu découvrir cette Porsche 911 R combinant livrée blanche de carrosserie, bandes ton rouge courant entre le capot et le toit ainsi que […]

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Goodwood 2016 : Patrick Dempsey et la nouvelle Porsche Panamera

C’était son ultime mise en avant et en vedette avant ce 28 juin et sa révélation en détails. A l’occasion du Festival of Speed de Goowdood la deuxième génération de la Panamera s’est dévoilée. Partiellement révélée. Visible en détails et en images avant ce jour de présentation officielle suite à quelques fuites, la nouvelle, deuxième, […]

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