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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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What Is DasRennTreffen, And Should You Go Next Year?

DasRennTreffen, or DRT for short, has grown into a Porsche fanatic’s dream event, with hundreds of cars from the brand’s lengthy history lining the closed-down city streets for the day. This year was the show’s fourth, and by far the largest, edition. If this steady state of growth continues, we’ll definitely need to add DRT to our calendar of events in 2019. In the video below, you get a small taste for how incredible this show looks. There are Porsches everywhere!

They allege that over 450 Porsches were in attendance, and the show saw as many as 12,000 people came through the gates. Having attended dozens of different marque-specific events over the years, and hosted a couple myself, I can say that those are huge numbers for the fourth iteration of a show. It’s incredible how cohesive and event-centric the Porsche community is, with some attendees traveling from across the country to attend events like this. From a 1955 356 Speedster through a handful of brand new Porsche sports cars, from bone stock to outlaw, and from RUF and Kremer to Singer, this show had most of everything you’d want to see at a Porsche show.

With Luft V coming up next month, we’ll be able to get our West Coast Porsche show fix, but the eastern half of the US has been shouting for a show with a fun and relaxed atmosphere like DRT 2018 seems to have had. If the promo sizzle-reel style video above wasn’t enough to convince you, check out this walk-about from the show. It’s got a lot of the four-wheeled action you’re looking for. See you at DRT 2019?


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Bruce Warner Named As Co-Grand Marshal to Rennsport Reunion VI

Last August Porsche announced Rennsport Reunion VI would be held this coming September. Since then, other than October’s announcement that tickets were now on sale, we haven’t heard much. Well, we gleamed another tidbit of information last night.

Guardians of Porsche Winemaker’s Dinner

As most of you know, it’s the Amelia Island Concours this weekend. As part of those festivities, Porsche holds their annual Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s Dinner. This exclusive event should be on the bucket list of any die-hard Porsche fan as it’s a wonderful evening of like minded individuals, a chance to mingle with the celebrities in the world of Porsche, meet up with old and new friends, enjoy great food and wine and listen to some wonderful stories.

Bill Warner learning he was just named Co-Grand Marshal of Rennsport Reunion VI

We were fortunate enough to attend last night’s dinner

Each year Porsche honors those that have earned the right to be called « Guardians of Porsche ». Last night’s Guardians included Peter Schutz, Dan Gurney and Brumos’ Dan Davis. Amelia Island Concours’ own Bill Warner acted as MC last night along with PNCA’s VP of Marketing Andre Oosthuizen. At the end of the event, Andre stood to make one last announcement. As the crowd quieted down to hear, Andre let the room know that thanks to all of his past contributions and continued work as a « Guardian of Porsche » that Bill Warner was named as a Co-Grand Marshal for Renssport Reunion VI. It was a great moment, one that’s well deserved and surprised Bill enough that he was moved to tears.

While a few names have been thrown out as who the other Co-Grand Marshal will be, we’ve heard nothing official yet. We’ll update you as soon as we hear more.

Grand Marshal’s of past Rennsport Reunions

  • Rennsport Reunion V: Jacky Ickx and Hurley Haywood
  • Rennsport Reunion IV: Jerry Seinfeld and Norbert Singer
  • Rennsport Reunion III: Porsche Cars North America President and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Schwarzenbauer, and Porsche Panorama Editor, Betty Jo Turner
  • Rennsport Reunion II: Peter Schwarzenbauer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America and Chris Economaki, founder of the National Speed Sport News
  • Rennsport Reunion II: Fred Schwab, president of PCNA, and Leon Mandel, publisher of AutoWeek

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What We Learned About Rod Emory’s 356RSR Project At SEMA

Originally sketched out by Rod Emory way back in 2012, the 356 RSR Outlaw has been a project that he’s wanted to build for quite a while. When Henrique Cisneros, owner of Momo, spotted the sketch in Rod’s archives, he knew that it had to be built. From the word go, Henrique and Rod have been collaborating on this wild monster of a hot rod 356. The plan is to have the car ready for full display at Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI next summer, but they wanted to show off a bit of the work that’s been done already. As it sits right now, the car is essentially a bare tub with the engine and transmission mocked up and mounted in the chassis. This is going to be a mega car, and we can’t wait to see the finished product. We sat down with Rod and his father Gary at SEMA last week, and this is what we’ve learned about the car.

1. The Chassis of Rod Emory’s 356 RSR Outlaw

Merging an early 1990s 911 with a 356 is never an easy task. This 356 started life as a 1959-built B T5 Coupe for the 1960 model year. It doesn’t appear to have been anything particularly special, and judging by the condition of some of the panels it was going to need a lot of work, regardless. Relax purists, this isn’t a car to mourn the loss of. Instead, celebrate that it has risen from the ashes on its way to becoming something far better thanks to Rod’s help. If you look closely at some of the photos, you can see where the 356 ends and 964 begins. The tunnel, rear seat area, suspension pickup points, and engine compartment rails are lifted straight from the 1990s. However, the floor pans, front trunk compartment, and obviously the bodywork, are pure 1950s. Interestingly, the wheelbase of this 356 has actually been stretched about an inch and a half with the front moving slightly forward and the rear moving slightly back. Further, the engine frame has been shortened a bit from 964 configuration, as it no longer has to fit six full cylinders (more on that in point 2 below).

The Emory team merged the two Porsches – 356 and 964 – digitally before making any cuts. This is actually the second 356 hat that Emory has built to fit a 964 chassis (the first being their now-legendary Carrera 4-based 356C4S project), so they’re probably getting pretty good at it by now. The intent there was to make the merge points as close as possible without needing any additional filler metal. « There were certain areas where we had to bridge the metal, but the goal was to use as much of the factory either 964 or 356 metal« , says Rod.

2. The 356 RSR Outlaw’s Engine

By now we’ve all heard of Dean Polopolus and his infamous four-cylinder 911-based engines. They’re lightweight, they’re simple to source parts for, they pack a punch, and they’re quite expensive. Rod has stepped things up a bit with this Porsche, the case, crank, and cams are all custom for a 964-based four-cylinder engine. Moreover, this engine will use custom pistons and cylinders, which in six-cylinder format would total up to 4.0 liters. As a four cylinder, this engine will run somewhere around 2.65 liters.

While the engine was displayed at SEMA with individual throttle bodies and trumpet intake stacks, the production version will actually feature a twin-turbocharged, twin-intercooled forced induction setup. Pulling air through ducts in the rear quarter panels, custom amber ducts will direct that intake through intercoolers on each side of the engine at the back before being spun up by a set of small turbos and shoved into a custom intake plenum. In total, Rod says the aim is to create around 350 horsepower from the 1/3rds reduced aircooled beast.

3. The 356 RSR’s Transmission

By using the 964 platform, the original goal was to use a G64 style manual transmission. Once the project started to unfold, however, it was determined that a proper motorsport-based sequential manual would be better suited, and the old standard Quaife 61G gearbox was drafted in for use. While at SEMA, however, an empty G50 case was used for mock-up purposes. Can you just imagine banging gears with a sequential while listening to the turbos whistle behind you? This is going to be one spectacular Porsche when complete.

4. The Wheels

Working with Momo, Rod & Gary pulled a number of vintage centerlock designs from the 1980s and 1990s out of their archives to provide inspiration for the wheels on this car. These are custom 935-inspired 5-spoke wheels that fall right in line with Momo’s Heritage line of wheels. In fact, they were displaying a set of similar 6-spoke wheels at their booth (photo below) which fits a Porsche 5X130 bolt pattern. By using 993 RSR uprights front and rear, the center-lock hubs insert into a large bearing that is the same on all four corners. According to Rod, a 5-spoke wheel will be available from Momo soon, and we think they would look absolutely bonkers on your 964 or 993.

5. The Bodywork of the 356 RSR

While the greenhouse, doors, and front trunk area are easily recognizable as pure 356 right now, this Porsche will be completely transformed once the full silhouette-racer bodywork is installed. Judging by the sketches, this car will feature a lot of 935-inspired design work, with vents, inlets, louvers, and flares everywhere you look. For ease of use, the front and rear bodywork will be one-piece aluminum lift-off affairs with quick disconnect mounting points. Melding 356 and 935 and 964 into one monster doesn’t sound like much of a good idea, until it’s been implemented by the visionary mind of Rod Emory. There’s a fine line between insane and genius, and this car (as well as its builder) toe that line every day.

Rod Emory Porsche 356 RSR

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