Porsche Passion: Cars on the field July 17th
On July 17th the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance celebrates German automobiles. Built upon the popularity of its street cars, Porsche has tasted success in numerous areas of motorsport, winning races and championships on virtually every level of the sport. Here is a sample of significant Porsche street and competition cars that will be on display at Pacific University.
We are proud to showcase Porsche competition cars displayed by our Featured Collector Ernie Spada Jr. His 1985 Porsche 962 is one of two 962s that ran at LeMans in ’85. It was raced in Europe, converted to IMSA specification, and then raced in the United States at IMSA events including Daytona and Sebring. Recently, Ernie has driven the 962 at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion events.
Porsche 997 RSR ‘Flying Lizard’
Ernie Spada’s 2008 Porsche 997 RSR competed at LeMans, Daytona and Sebring in 2008. The Flying Lizard Motorsports group is a racing team from Sonoma, California, and was Porsche Motorsport North America’s development partner from 2007 to 2012, receiving factory support from Porsche.
1974 Porsche 911 RSR IROC – The Emerson Fittipaldi Porsche
From its inaugural season in 1974 the famed International Race of Champions was a fan favorite, pitting drivers from various disciplines against each other in a contest of pure driving ability. This 1974 Porsche 911 RSR was driven by F1 and Indy star Emerson Fittipaldi in the first IROC race of that first season at Riverside International Raceway and served as a reserve vehicle for the duration. Fittipaldi qualified the car in pole position, even though he never previously had raced a Porsche 911, or at Riverside. One of only 15 purpose-built by Penske for the IROC series, it has been through a three-year no-expense-spared restoration, retaining its original matching numbers 3.0 L “high butterfly” racing engine, and is arguably one of the finest IROC cars in existence.
Porsche 908K Prototype
The Porsche 908K, chassis 010, was a Porsche works race car and was one of the first editions of the legendary 908. It is believed to be one of five ex-works short-tail prototypes still in existence. It is powered by a 3-liter 8-cylinder motor producing 350 hp. This 908 was raced at the 1,000 Kilometers of Spa in 1968 by Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch. Racing in wet conditions, Neerpasch slid off the track into a telephone pole and the car was heavily damaged. After a full restoration, the car is campaigned today by its owner Cameron Healy at vintage racing events.
1966 Porsche 906
The history of Porsche is one of engineering excellence and also aerodynamic beauty. The Porsche 906, or Carrera 6 as it was called, has a lighter space frame and a flat six powering it, unlike the four-cylinder engines of early 904s. The body was refined in the wind tunnel, the first use of this technique by Porsche. The gullwing doors and large sloping louvered Plexiglas rear cover over the engine are design elements that continued all the way through the 962 many years later.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
Revealed at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, the Carrera 2.7 RS was a special model used to homologate the 911 in Group 4 racing. Developed from the 911S, the 2.7 was more potent in almost every area. Compared to the standard Carrera, the 2.7 RS featured a larger engine, wider flares to accommodate the Fuchs alloy wheels, stiffened suspension, larger brakes and a ducktail rear spoiler. Today, the RS 2.7 is coveted by collectors and is considered by many to be the holy-grail of Porsche 911s.
1964 Porsche 911
This 1964 Porsche 911 to be shown at Forest Grove is the 127th 911 built. The first 83 1964 911s were designated as 901, however Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So Porsche changed the model name to 911. There are a number of subtle differences between the first batch of 232 911’s completed and sold in late 1964 and the 330 911’s produced in 1965. They include no 911 script on the glove box, 6 folds on front seat upholstery, and no 911 script on the back engine lid.