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Advan/Coke-Liveried IMSA 962 Goes Up for Auction

Most sports prototypes last only a few years before they become obsolete, but the 962 enjoyed a successful run for over a decade. With a combination of unprecedented reliability and drivability, the 962 became dominant in the mid-1980s. Rather than rest on their laurels and grow conceited with their winning streak, Porsche remained honest enough to develop the 962 as technology advanced. To keep up with rapid progression of its rivals and their technology, the 962 received a slew of updates throughout its long and storied career.

It’s not often that a 962 comes up for sale, and if you were looking for one, this might be your chance.

This particular car utilized a mid-career update known as the Chapman chassis. The earlier cars utilized a monocoque tub that was made from riveted and bonded aluminum, but not this 962-C04. Jim Chapman, a former Lola engineer, designed this updated chassis which incorporates honeycomb aluminum panels and billet-aluminum bulkheads to make this car stiffer and better at deploying the power from the IMSA-spec turbo.

Over that stiffer chassis, the carbon-kevlar panels are covered in that iconic red and black Yokohama livery. Gold 18″ BBS wheels dot each corner, and a massive NACA duct behind the cockpit feeds the massive KKK K36 turbocharger. With this shape and color combination, it’s one of the best looking cars to ever grace the races of IMSA GTP.

Unfortunately, 962-C04 only contested three races throughout the 1987 season. Hurley Haywood, James Weaver, and Vern Schuppan successfully battled with this car at Road America, Columbus, and Del Mar; its highest finish being fifth at Road America. After retiring from professional racing, it’s been driven at historic events such as Rennsport, the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

A short racing career and a pampered life make it a great investment. Bob Akin, the original owner, held on to the car until 1991, when it was sold to a Michigan doctor. After that, a restoration was performed under subsequent ownership by Sean Creech Motorsports, who were again commissioned in 2014 to perform a mechanical overhaul following the current owner’s purchase in 2012. The turbocharged 3.2L flat-six was rebuilt in 2015 by Klaus Fischer of Amalfi Racing. It’s also been fitted with new gearing to suit Sebring, Laguna Seca, and Daytona. Long gears and nearly 600 horsepower should make it new owner a very happy person.

Now, the car is currently being auctioned by Fantasy Junction at a current bid of $670,000. For more pictures and information on one of the most gorgeous racing cars in existence, check out the full listing on Bring a Trailer—you won’t be wasting your time.

Photo credit: Ben Hsu, Conceptcarz.com, The Marshall Pruett Archives, Dennis Gray for Sports Car Digest, Motorsport.com, Micheal DiPleco for Sports Car Digest, UltimateCarPage.com, and Bring a Trailer.

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The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed was a glorious Porsche bonanza

Porsche dominated proceedings at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed as Lord March dedicated his annual motoring garden party to the seven decades of Stuttgart’s favourite sports car. In what was a special 25-year anniversary of the Festival of Speed itself, a scintillating weekend of action with Porsche right at the top of the billing began on the Wednesday night with the unveiling of artist Gerry Judah’s 52-metre sculpture taking pride of place out the front of Goodwood House. Featuring six icons from throughout the company’s rich history, the magnificent structure’s unveiling began four days of celebrations with an unprecedented presence of Porsche cars taking to the 1.16-mile hillclimb course, with further motoring icons on states display throughout the Goodwood estate.

Highlights for Porsche fans included the dynamic debut of Andreas Preuninger’s Speedster concept up the hillclimb course on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while this year’s Le Mans-winning ‘Pink Pig’ 991 RSR also took to the hill, still bearing the many hallmarks from its enduro at La Sarthe. Other racing greats from throughout the company’s history were on display, including the Porsche 919 e-hybrid in continuation of its ‘goodbye’ world tour. The Festival of Speed also gave a world debut to Singer Vehicle Design’s DLS project, the result of a new partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, using expert consultancy from Norbert Singer and one Hans Mezger, to name but a few.

Wether you attended the 2018 Festival of Speed or not, our gallery will fill you in on all the Porsche-related action, missed or otherwise. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the best of the Porsche action from our exclusive gallery – see how many past and present Porsche racing greats you can spot…

Pictures courtesy of the talented Louis Ruff from Definitive Media.

 

 

 

 

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Livre « HURLEY: from the beginning! » de Hurley Haywood et Sean Cridland – Edition Porsche Museum

Le célèbre pilote américain Hurley Haywood a enfin son livre retraçant sa vie et notamment sa carrière au volant de nombreuses voitures de courses Porsche (911, 917, 935, 936, 956 C, 962, 924 GTP, 924 Turbo, 914-6, …) mais aussi Audi (90 quattro IMSA-GTO & 200 quattro Trans Am) & Jaguar : « HURLEY: from the …

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Book Review: Hurley – From The Beginning

Hurley - From the Beginning

There is no more appropriate time for our review of Hurley – From the Beginning to publish than the birthday week of the man himself. Hurley, now seventy years old, held a fifty-year racing career, and shows no signs of slowing down, even today. He’s still a super quick driver, he’s involved in motorsport to a level higher than anyone would ever expect of him, and he’s an ambassador for Porsche, the brand he spent most of his racing years driving. He’s lived an incredibly interesting life, though he’s traditionally kept mostly to himself and a lot of people don’t know his life’s story. Writer Sean Cridland met Haywood in 2011, and was instantly inspired to tell the man’s story. After years of working to get the complete tale out of Hurley, the resulting effort is this incredible book, Hurley – From the Beginning.

I met up with Haywood and Cridland during Luft 5, and the duo had planned the Porsche-centric event as a stop on their lengthy book tour. I’d have certainly ordered a copy myself, after leafing through this giant tome and seeing all of the incredible pictures. It’s not inexpensive, with a price tag of $95.59 (get it?), but just that brief glance told me it was worth the price of admission. In a surprise move, the giant-esque Cridland offered me a copy to take home with a wide smile and a shake of the hand. I am not a small man myself, but the author towers over me as though I were a small child. The juxtaposition of the diminutive ex-racer, and the Brobdingnaggian man who committed his life’s story to book is as hilarious as it is heartwarming. At 6’1″, I stand about the middle ground between the two.

With well over 400 pages of incredible anecdotes, this book is packed with things you’d never know about Hurley otherwise. There are over 650 photographs onboard, from all stages of Haywood’s life, as well as written commentary from Patrick Long, Manfred Jantke, Brumos owner Dan Davis, and Kerry Morse. Consider the number of Porsche folks who have been involved throughout Hurley’s incredible and expansive career, and you’ve got a full community effort leading up to the production of this book. It’s a story that deserves to be told, and the way its been done is engaging and easy to read.

Every bit of the talented driver’s career is analyzed from his own perspective. This is Hurley telling his own story, with the added research, photographic evidence, and anecdotals added in to give it all a bit more gravitas. The narrative is quite engaging from beginning to end. Hurley was just a kid from Illinois with a Corvette when he was discovered, mentored, and hired by Brumos Racing. Peter Gregg would test his race cars in local autocrosses, and when Hurley beat his immaculately prepared 911 with that Corvette, he was offered a racing job. When the team showed up to race at Watkins Glen with a twenty-year-old Hurley at the wheel, he didn’t even have so much as a regional racing license. Gregg’s say-so was apparently all he needed to get approval to enter.

I’d never really thought out the fact that Hurley was shipped off to Vietnam shortly after getting his start in racing. It’s an interesting part of the man’s life, and it often goes without so much as a mention. You can read all about that tour where he was stationed just south of Hanoi, and I suggest you do.

Being that I wasn’t born at the time, let alone old enough to watch and understand motorsport, I was completely unaware of Hurley’s major leg injury and the ramifications until I read this book. Following a bad wreck in a 935 at Mosport in the summer of 1983. After a six month hiatus, he returned to motorsport for the start of the 1984 season. Because he was forced to wear a leg cast or brace of some sort while his leg healed, he was not allowed to race anything with a clutch, which included Porsche’s entire lineup at the time. He jumped at the chance to drive Bob Tullius’ Group 44 Jaguar XJR-7 which featured a new Hewland clutchless gearbox, because it was the fastest car he could race with his injury.

Further than the major parts of Hurley’s life that you may not have known, Hurley – From the Beginning is also filled with incredible anecdotes from the ancillary bits of his racing career. The story about the 1990 Jacksonville demolition derby is among my favorites. I won’t spoil the whole story for you, but it involves Bob Snodgrass and the masterful theft of a priceless original piece of Frank Stella artwork!

Hurley’s history with Porsche has been discussed for years, but this is the final word on the history of that relationship. If you’ve ever thought of Hurley as an icon of motorsport, this book will only work to exacerbate that feeling. In the process, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the man, and probably more. You can get your copy by visiting HurleyBook.com, or find one of the upcoming locations where Hurley and Sean will be selling/signing books this year. Either way, you’ll definitely want to add this book to your Porsche collection shelves. It’s found a happy home in mine.

 
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Happy 70th Birthday To The Legendary Hurley Haywood

There are few people quite so inextricably linked with Porsche’s motorsport efforts in North America than Harris ‘Hurley’ Haywood. Having been a part of the Brumos Racing team from the late 1960s through just a handful of years ago, he’s the winningest driver at the Daytona 24, and one of the most successful American racers at Le Mans. He was an ace behind the wheel and could wheel anything from the most basic of GT machines through the highest horsepower prototypes. Aside from his brief tour of duty in Vietnam, Hurley has been behind the wheel of racing cars for most of his adult life, and aside from a stint with Jaguar and Audi, has pretty much exclusively driven Porsche sports cars.

We’ve had the opportunity to meet Hurley a few times, riding shotgun with him at the US launch of the Macan for a lap of Willow Springs, chasing him in Cayman GT4s at Road Atlanta in the rain, or sharing a quiet glass of wine before dinner at Rennsport Reunion V a few years ago. He’s always been the consummate gentleman, generally quiet, but a nut that can open once the tough shell has been cracked. If you get him talking about his Florida home’s landscaping, he’ll talk about his newly planted palms until the cows come home. More than his racing talents, he’s revered for being a stern but kind man. There aren’t many people who can find reason to beef with Hurley.

Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America:

« As we prepare to celebrate 70 years of Porsche sports cars on June 8, I do not believe the similar anniversaries are by coincidence. In recognition of his remarkable achievements and daily contributions he continues to make to our brand, it is important that all of us at Porsche congratulate Hurley and wish him a very happy 70th birthday. »

Hurley is a hero of motorsport, and a truly good guy, to boot. We’ve certainly never had a bad interaction with the guy, and his history of success would indicate that he’s always been a reasonably fair guy to race against. He’ll be remembered for his racing exploits well beyond his years. The Septuagenarian Haywood has been honored by the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (1992), Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2005), Sebring Hall of Fame (2010), Watkins Glen’s prestigious ‘Legends of the Glen’, Rolex 24 Grand Marshall (2013), Porsche Rennsport Reunion V Co-Grand Marshall (2015) and was the Rolex 24 at Daytona Honorary Starter (2017). Hurley has been an honored guest of Porsche at all five prior Rennsport Reunion events, and will attend RRVI in September in the same fashion. If you want to see him in person, shake his hand, get an autograph, and wish him well on making it to 70 years, you’d better get yourself to Rennsport Reunion VI this fall.

 
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