At the hands of German driver Helmut Glöckler, a 550 Spyder beat away the competition at the ‘Eifelrennen Nürburgring’, the first round of that year’s German sportscar championship. It was the first of many victories in various series around the world for the 550 Spyder, a car that is undoubtedly a Porsche motorsport icon.
At Goodwood, we’re fortunate enough to see these gorgeous, lightweight machines not infrequently, and ahead of the 79th Members’ Meeting it was Rainer Becker dancing around the Motor Circuit in his stunning blue example from 1955. With its dinky 1,498cc, four-cylinder engine it’s far from the loudest machine, but as it weighs just 550kg Becker is able to carry speed through the corners with ease, balancing gentle moments of under- and oversteer. The fastest car in the world? No, not at all, but it’s certainly one of the coolest.
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