MAR 22nd 2015

Cars that rock 73MM: Porsche 911

The John Aldington Trophy, the race exclusively for short-wheelbase 911s, had a famous Porsche driver amid the grid in the form of Richard Attwood. He was one of the 917 drivers at Le Mans in 1970, when the German marque won the 24-hour event for the first time. Not that the podium is going to be troubled this weekend; with a freshly rebuilt engine, a running-in limit of 6500rpm was imposed for qualifying, resulting in a 14th place on the grid. In a very closely-fought race, he made his way up to 8th by the time the chequered flag dropped.

When new, the car was supplied to a customer in Bologna, Italy, which makes the (rare) right-hand drive all the more surprising. It was brought to the UK in 2000 by Historika who converted it to race spec and did only one season’s racing with it. More recently, it was acquired by Porsche GB and has had a busy three seasons of racing at events such as the Spa 6-hour, Oulton Park Gold Cup and Silverstone Classic. This weekend is its very first outing at Goodwood.

The reverse Salzburg livery is matched by that of the Porsche 991 safety car this weekend.


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