1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7-Liter
The RS was a fantastic car, still today able to kill most of the current Porsche models, this with less than 1/2 the power, because of its extremely favorable power to weight ration and superior handling at the cost of course of all the tricks that make ordinary citizens able to master its quirky handling.
I purchased this car with low miles for what is peanuts today from a French wheel manufacturer and had it shipped to the USA. It had all the goodies on it, some M471 trim as well as some road trim that included electric windows and sunroof, but it weighed just about 2000 lbs after we were done with it. I fitted RSR adjustable shocks, Stand 21 carbon fiber seats and 6-point harnesses. A small roll-over Matter cage was already in the car, so it made installation rather easy. I built a set of wider wheels that would fit under the stock fenders and fitted some Kleber (BF Goodrich) rally tires in hard compound, hand cut for "road" use, so that the constabularies would leave me alone. I drove the car to and from races, it never let me down and won just about every event it ever entered. Some fabulous machine, the best compromise I have ever had between a road and racing car.
time, I had killed everyone in the mountain section, gaining over 13 minutes
over all the cars preceding me, sometimes passing them in rather wild
circumstances, with a drop on the side of the road of 100 feet or more, and
a mountain wall on the other, the road barely wide enough for 2 cars.
|This article was in the Porsche Motorsport USA newsletter, and they were very kind to me, even buying me a new windshield for the car after it was demolished by a low-flying bird about 10 minutes before the finish line.|
|Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida, BF Goodrich and VW USA were my sponsors, each paying over $1000.00 for my expenses. The BF Goodrich newsletter published this report and sent me a new set of tires for the car but I used the French Kleber tires that were just great and very enduring.|
There was a
protest about the results lodged by a Cobra driver, claiming that there was no
way a little Porsche with all its road trim could have beaten his 650 HP
car that finished in second place, over 5 minutes behind.
A week later at a club event at Riverside Raceway, my car set fastest time of the day and humiliated this guy's Cobra, by a full 3 seconds under his lap time. A couple of weeks later, he raced his Cobra in a special "exhibition" class in Palm Springs, vowing to "set things straight". My car humiliated the field on that tight airport course and on lap 10 of 12, I lapped the guy.
Today his car is still being vintage raced by his son, and winning...
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