Illustration: Al Holbert’s Löwenbräu Porsche 962
Al Holbert’s famous number 14 Löwenbräu Porsche 962 will forever be remembered for winning the 1985 and 1986 IMSA GT Championships.
It was a common site to see the powder blue & white car start from the front row and finish on the podium in what was considered North America’s most competitive endurance racing era.
Sadly during the 1988 season Al Holbert was fatally injured when his privately owned Piper PA-60 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. At the end of the year IMSA retired the number 14 to honor the gentleman driver who raced it.
A well respected driver on both sides of the Atlantic, Holbert’s racing accomplishments included three Le Mans 24 hour overall victories (1983, 1986, 1987), and two overall wins in both the 12 hours of Sebring (1976, 1981) and the 24 hours of Daytona (1986, 1987).
Illustration by Paul Laguette