After a two-year restoration, Mr Ostmann would immediately turn the 904 GTS loose on the historic race circuits of the world, a decision that would unite him with one of his heroes and one of Porsche’s greatest ever drivers – Mr Richard Attwood.
“I met Richard Attwood in the locker room an hour ago, and he said maybe he will come and have a chat, as he raced this at SpeedWeek with me last year. That way you'll get an impression of the car from a real racing driver. Maybe the most amazing Porsche driver in the world, ever. He was the first to win Le Mans for Porsche, so he is a great hero for all Germans.” Says Ostmann with boyish excitement.
“Richard is so friendly. He taught me so much about what the car can do better, and what I can do better. We changed a few things under his advice. What more can you want, than lessons from the master?”
As he finishes, the man himself arrives, still in race overalls, helmet in hand, to have a look around the 904 that is sat glinting in the mid-afternoon sunshine.
“I started with driving Porsches in the 906, which was a year later than the 904. So I never drove one in period. They are so different. It wasn't until the 908 came along that they could be really competitive. They are just under-powered. But in period, they could win! Everyone else with the new V8 engines, they are way ahead now. It’s a power circuit here, and we don't have that. But that's what happens, everyone wants to go faster, but Porsche owners don't want to play around too much and put injection into these original engines. They might gain one or two seconds, but It's 2.0-litres against 5.0-litres.”