Motorsport Retro http://www.motorsportretro.com Classic motorsport, cars, motorcycles and gear Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:01:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Video: One Lap in a 1969 Porsche 908 LH at Rennsport V http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/video-one-lap-1969-porsche-908-lh-rennsport-v/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/video-one-lap-1969-porsche-908-lh-rennsport-v/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:01:38 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=60622 Gunnar Jeannette introduces this 1969 Porsche 908 LH, before rolling out onto Laguna Seca and gunning it at Rennsport Reunion V.

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Porsche 908 Longtail

Gunnar Jeannette introduces this 1969 Porsche 908 LH, before rolling out onto Laguna Seca and gunning it at Rennsport Reunion V.

Gunnar’s introduction to this video is brilliant. In it, he explains some of the 908 Longtail’s technical trickery, as well as when and where it was raced, and why. It’s a great little intro to the car’s unique traits.

From there it’s out onto the track in the historic 908. The car he’s driving was built for the 24 Hours of Daytona ,where it dropped out. It went on to finish second at Monza and then win at Spa with Brian Redman and Jo Siffert driving.

With no embellishments to distract from the song of the motor and some very tidy historic racing, this is some magic footage. The on-board starts slow with the formation lap and rolling start, but once the race is given the ‘Go!’ signal Gunnar tramps it and the result is glorious.

Take a few minutes, and enjoy.

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Autocourse & Cahier Archive Team Up for Classic Calendar http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/autocourse-cahier-archive-2016-classic-calendar/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/autocourse-cahier-archive-2016-classic-calendar/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 03:59:36 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=61059 Images thanks to Autocourse & The Cahier Archive
Autocourse and our friends The Cahier Archive have teamed up for what’s sure to be the most attractive classic calendar of 2016.

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The Grand Prix Collection Classic Calendar

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Autocourse and our friends The Cahier Archive have teamed up for what’s sure to be the most attractive classic calendar of 2016.

Available for purchase at autocourse.com, the calendar celebrates Formula 1 through the ages thanks to the stunning imagery of the Cahiers.

The images have been chosen by Paul-Henri Cahier from seven decades of Grand Prix racing. Legends like Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, James Hunt, Stefan Bellof, Ayrton Senna and many more are featured across twenty four images.

The Grand Prix Collection Classic Calendar

The calendar is printed on 230gsm art board in a 592 X 420mm landscape format to make for a stunning presentation in which each of the 24 images is suitable for framing. The team went for 24 images, printing the calendar on both sides to double the images they could deliver.

If you make your order before December 15th and are in a suitable location the calendar should make it to you by Christmas.

The calendar is available at autocourse.com for £25.00. Hit this link, pick one up and prepare for 2016 in style.

The Grand Prix Collection Classic Calendar

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For Sale: Ex-Thierry Boutsen 1990 Williams FW13B #08 http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/for-sale-ex-thierry-boutsen-1990-williams-fw13b-08/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/for-sale-ex-thierry-boutsen-1990-williams-fw13b-08/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:21:46 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=61052 Images thanks to Cars International
Williams FW13B #08 is offered direct from the Williams factory by Official Williams Heritage Agents Cars International.
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Ex-Thierry Boutsen 1990 Williams FW13B

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Williams FW13B #08 is offered direct from the Williams factory by Official Williams Heritage Agents Cars International.

The most successful of the FW13Bs, the car picked up a Grand Prix win and pole position at the hands of Thierry Boutsen in 1990. It’s been recently restored and race prepared, and is now up for sale.

Ex-Thierry Boutsen 1990 Williams FW13B

The Williams FW13B appeared near the end of the 1989 Formula 1 World Championship, and was updated to the FW13B for the 1990 season. The B-specification received a new and more powerful Renault RS2 V10 along with aerodynamic and rear suspension developments and ended a long run for the FW12.

#08 was Thierry Boutsen’s ride and it saw Grand Prix action fourteen times in 1990. At the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix Boutsen claimed his first pole position in Formula 1, took the lead and held off all chargers to win the race ahead of Ayrton Senna.

Ex-Thierry Boutsen 1990 Williams FW13B

Along with the win he picked up a second at Silverstone, a string of fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes and sixth in the drivers’ championship.

At the conclusion of its period career, FW13B-08 was retained in the Williams Private Collection. In 2014 Williams gave it a full restoration and race preparation, and ran it at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed with current Williams Martini driver Felipe Massa at the wheel.

Official Williams Heritage Agents Cars International now offer it for sale for the first time. Head to their website here for more information, and read on for the car’s full story!

Images thanks to Cars International

Ex-Thierry Boutsen 1990 Williams FW13B

Williams FW13B #08

Much had been expected from the Williams-Renault FW13B when it first appeared in the 1990 F1 World Championship, this ‘B-Spec’ featured aerodynamic and rear suspension advances, plus Renault’s more powerful RS2 V10 power unit.

FW13-B followed on from the Williams-Renault FW13 designed by Enrique Scalabroni – working under Patrick Head’s direction, which Thierry Boutsen drove to victory in the Australian GP in 1989 with Patrese in third.

FW13 was created specifically around the innovative 67° V10-cylinder 3.5-litre Renault RS1 racing engine, mated to a transverse Williams/Hewland six-speed transmission, and featured double wishbone suspension front and rear. The new car also featured a moulded carbon/Kevlar composite monocoque chassis with small sidepods, lowline nose and a flattened oval engine airbox intake.

FW13B-08 had been Thierry Boutsen’s favourite chassis and the Belgian raced it 14 times in 1990. However, he failed to finish the San Marino Grand Prix, which opened the European season, after running a strong second to Senna, it was driver error which left team-mate Patrese to take the chequered flag.

Boutsen delivered a string of high positions after finishing fourth in Monaco and fifth in Mexico. The British Grand Prix at Silverstone then brought him home second to Prost from fourth on the grid, before Germany yielded a sixth place.

The big day finally came at the Hungaroring on August 12th. The FW13Bs were very well suited to the tight track, and Boutsen started from the first pole position of his F1 career with Patrese alongside “Changes to the engine management system made things a lot better,” he said. “Even so, I think I could have gone quicker.” The McLarens of Berger and Senna were on the second row, unable to break 1m 18s.

Boutsen took an immediate lead and in the race of his life held off challenges from Berger, then Patrese, and later Alessandro Nannini until the Italian’s Benetton was aggressively punted out of the way by Senna at the chicane on the 64th lap. Senna on fresher tyres, kept up the pressure right to the flag. He made one real attempt to pass going into Turn One on the 75th lap, but the Belgian had that covered and retained his calm control of the race to take FW13B-08 to a well deserved victory two laps later.

“Right from the start I realised I just had to drive trying to save my tyres,” Boutsen said afterwards. “At one stage I built quite a nice little cushion. Then Nannini came at me, then Ayrton. In the end everything worked out just right, I wouldn’t have got another lap in front -out of those tyres.”

After he and Senna had crossed the line the McLaren driver pulled alongside and gave him a signal of appreciation of a job very well done.

Boutsen’s last races in FW13B-08 saw him finish fourth in Spain, then fifth in Japan and Australia.

With three Grand Prix successes to its credit the FW13/13B was a noteworthy member of the Williams family in its heyday with chassis FW13B-08 featuring as one of the most significant cars in the FW13 production run as a Grand Prix winner.

Since its retirement in 1990 Chassis FW13B-08 has been retained as part of the Williams Private Collection. That was until last year, when it underwent a full restoration and race preparation by Williams in order for it to run at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed at the hands of current Williams Martini Racing driver, Felipe Massa.

This car is now offered for sale through Official Williams Heritage Agents Cars International, offering a unique opportunity for someone to claim first ownership after Williams Grand Prix Engineering and become the new custodian of this Grand Prix legend.

For more details visit: http://www.carsinternational.com/williams-heritage/fw13b-08/

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From the Grandstands to the Goodwood Revival Podium http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/katarina-kyvalova-cooper-jaguar-t33-goodwood-revival/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/katarina-kyvalova-cooper-jaguar-t33-goodwood-revival/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 03:08:44 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=61047 Katarina Kyvalova lives the dream in this video, going from the grandstands to the podium of the Goodwood Revival in a 1954 Cooper-Jaguar T33.
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Katarina Kyvalova Cooper-Jaguar

Katarina Kyvalova lives the dream in this video, going from the grandstands to the podium of the Goodwood Revival in a 1954 Cooper-Jaguar T33.

The fact that she pulled up to the event in a 4.5-litre Bentley is a dream in and of itself, but that’s a tale for another day.

One of the joys of historic motorsport is that provides reasonably accessible opportunities not just to consume the sport as a spectator, but to get involved. Whether your passion is driving, tinkering or making a race team tick, historic racing is a great option to get into the community and start making motorsport happen.

Katarina Kyvalova’s been making motorsport happen for a while now, and has an impressive racing CV under her belt. She’s raced at Silverstone and the Le Mans Classic and is one of the four Bentley Belles who completed the Benjafield’s 24 hour race at Portimao in a 4.5-litre Bentley.

“It was always my dream to be here. I spent 15 years in the grandstands and said “One day I’m down there.” And that’s today.”

It’s always been a dream of hers to compete at the Goodwood Revival. And after a practice run at the 73rd Members’ Meeting earlier in the year, she made it come true. She and co-driver and BMW GT3 racer Phil Keen raced a 1954 Cooper-Jaguar T33 in the Revival back in September.

And they did alright!

Katarina’s an inspiring woman, and her’s is an inspiring story and a wonderful perspective on the Goodwood Revival race weekend. Enjoy it.

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Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car Raced by Walter Röhrl Heads to Porsche-Only Sale http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/porsche-911-swb-coupe-race-car-raced-by-walter-rohrl/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/porsche-911-swb-coupe-race-car-raced-by-walter-rohrl/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 00:27:46 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=61013 Images thanks to Auctionata
On Saturday, December 12, Auctionata will hold their inaugural Porsche-only sale, hosted by Dr. Ulf Poschardt, and put a stunning collection of classic air-cooled 911s under the hammer.
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1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

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On Saturday, December 12, Auctionata will hold their inaugural Porsche-only sale, hosted by Dr. Ulf Poschardt, and put a stunning collection of classic air-cooled 911s under the hammer.

If we had to pick one 911 to take home, it may well be this stunning 1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car. It’s not only gorgeous, but significant – the car is from the first year if the iconic 911’s production and has history with motorsport great Walter Röhrl.

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

The car is from the first production year of the 911 and was delivered new to the United States in 1965. It was a trip back home to Germany in the ’90s that saw its history get particularly interesting, however.

There, it was rebuilt and developed to obtain an FIA pass to go racing in historics. German automotive experts Bienert handled the work, with Rugen looking after the engine and Kluge the transmission, and one Walter Röhrl providing the specifications. Röhrl oversaw the conversion, taking on the role of test driver and developing the setup of the car.

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

Invoices and technical documentation of the process have been retained and are included in the sale of the car. They demonstrate the elaborate and extensive development of the engine, transmission and chassis to bring down weight, reinforce the chassis and give the engine plenty of pep.

Röhrl raced the car for the first time in the Bavaria Classic in 1996, and the car bears his signature thanks to his role in developing and driving it.

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

When the current owner purchased the car, it was converted from circuit configuration to rally configuration, with Matthias Höing and Thorsten Hanenkamp from Merzgerwerk handling the conversion. All of the parts that were changed during the process have been kept and are sold with the car.

It’s in beautiful condition and ready to rally, or race! Not just an object of great beauty, this is a motoring artifact of great significance as one of the earliest of arguably the most recognizable and enduring sportscar model in existence. Add to that Walter Röhrl’s role in its development and time racing it, a Porsche icon himself, and you have something pretty special, and utterly unique.

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

It’s even sold with an identical limited model of the “Bienert-Röhrl 911″ to 1:40 scale, as well as  vehicle documents and an official Walter Röhrl-DVD, showing Walter Röhrl driving the 911.

You’ll need to set aside upwards of €160,000.00 to secure a seat in this 911.

Auctionata’s Porsche-only sale will be livestreamed from two separate locations – the Prototyp museum in Hamburg where the cars are hosted, and the Auctionata studio in Berlin where the auction itself will be held. It’s available to bidders worldwide and can be followed live at www.auctionata.com as well as through Auctionata’s iPhone app ‘Auctionata Live’, which you can grab from the App Store here.  It will be broadcast on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 6 pm CET.

Images thanks to Auctionata

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe Race Car

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A Winding Mountain Road and a Ferrari 250 GTO with the Taps Open http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/winding-mountain-road-and-a-ferrari-250-gto/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/winding-mountain-road-and-a-ferrari-250-gto/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:11:18 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=61009 Well, this is pretty much a dream Sunday drive for any of us! Derek Hill drives the Ferrari 250 GTO that his dad, Formula 1 champion Phil Hill, raced at Daytona and Nassau, up a ...

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Ferrari 250 GTO

Well, this is pretty much a dream Sunday drive for any of us! Derek Hill drives the Ferrari 250 GTO that his dad, Formula 1 champion Phil Hill, raced at Daytona and Nassau, up a closed mountain road.

No music. No talking. Just the song of the three-litre Ferrari V12 opening up as it gobbles up that perfect mountain road.

The video, Petrolicious’ latest, comes from an earlier video they did about the car. The clip was initially left on the cutting room floor, but the team have found a way to set it free.

The car is a 1964 Ferraro 250 GTO. It’s from late in the 250 GTO’s run of just 36 cars, and is the first of their Series II bodies. Under its hood is nestled a three-litre V12 that puts out around 300 horsepower (and that unforgettable engine note).

In its day it competed in several endurance races, coming away with class wins in the Daytona Continental 2000 kilometers, as well as the Sebring 12-Hour and the Nassau TT with Phil Hill at the wheel.

Derek Hill, Ferrari Challenge International Championship winner, Formula Dodge West Coast champion and Barber Dodge Pro Series Drivers’ Champion is behind the wheel for the video, and delivers a master class in smooth-is-fast driving.

This one needs to be turned way up, so do that, and enjoy!

And afterwards, check out the original video for which this clip was filmed.

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Photo Gallery: Enjoying a Historic Summer with the HSRCA http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/enjoying-a-historic-summer-with-the-hsrca/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/enjoying-a-historic-summer-with-the-hsrca/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 06:58:52 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=60968 Images by Seth Reinhardt
We spent the past weekend in a most enjoyable fashion – sharing a Historic Summer with the HSRCA and documenting the adventures to share with all of you!
The 28th and 29th of November ...

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HSRCA Historic Racing

Images by Seth Reinhardt

We spent the past weekend in a most enjoyable fashion – sharing a Historic Summer with the HSRCA and documenting the adventures to share with all of you!

The 28th and 29th of November saw the club wrap up their 2015 historic racing calendar at Sydney Motorsport Park in great style by bringing together a magnificent collection of historic sports and racing cars and putting on a packed weekend of historic motorsport. Hit the link and enjoy the photos.

HSRCA Historic Racing

Formula Vee cars took on the role of ‘feature’ grid over the weekend to celebrate their 50th anniversary. They enjoyed several feature races and brought packed grids and exciting motorsport to all of them. The cars may well be little, but they’re all driven with passion and leave little on the table, which is awesome to see!

Several legends of the category were also present and joined in parade laps over lunch that served as a pleasant breather in the packed schedule.

HSRCA Historic Racing

Similarly awesome were the Group S & T races over the weekend, which sported maximum capacity grids and some fiercely competitive racing.

They enjoyed a 20-lap endurance race on Sunday morning, complete with driver change to mix proceedings up. It’s great to see the drivers get into the spirit of these races, and checking out the driver change action in pit lane is a lot of fun.

HSRCA Historic Racing

Moving over to wings-and-slicks race cars and a strong Formula 5000 contingent was present for the weekend, joining in Q & R racing. This category sports some of the fastest cars that you’ll find at historic events, and the thunderous raw when they open the taps is worth the trip on its own!

Also unafraid to open the taps and put on some great racing are the drivers in J, K and L, who returned to Sydney’s classic circuit after a short hiatus. Their older cars are beautiful, beautifully prepared and driven with a beautiful, respectful, disregard of their advancing years. Wonderful!

HSRCA Historic Racing

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The full field over the weekend was strong through all of the categories and there was great racing to be enjoyed in all of them all weekend long.

If you make it to a historic event with the HSRCA, make sure to spend some time exploring the pits and paddock. The people are friendly and open, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get up close to these magic old machines and learn more about them.

HSRCA Historic Racing

For more photos, and to keep up to date with the HSRCA’s historic motorsport adventures head to www.hsrca.com, and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsrca.

They’ll be back in action in February next year at Wakefield Park, and will follow that up with the massive Sydney Retro Speedfest over the 11th & 12th of June, 2016, which is set to be one of the biggest Australian historic racing events of the year.

Thanks to Seth Reinhardt for the photos.

MORE: Photo Gallery: The Return of the Retro Speedfest

HSRCA Historic Racing

HSRCA Historic Racing

HSRCA Historic Racing

HSRCA Historic Racing

HSRCA Historic Racing

HSRCA Historic Racing

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World Time Attack Challenge 2015 Mega Gallery http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/world-time-attack-challenge-2015-mega-gallery/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/12/world-time-attack-challenge-2015-mega-gallery/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:03:17 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=60696 Photography by Dan Stoodley
For one weekend of each year, Sydney Motorsport Park is overrun by the wildest, most unique and most varied machinery imaginable when the World Time Attack Challenge rolls into town. 2015’s event ...

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World Time Attack 2015

Photography by Dan Stoodley

For one weekend of each year, Sydney Motorsport Park is overrun by the wildest, most unique and most varied machinery imaginable when the World Time Attack Challenge rolls into town. 2015’s event was spectacular and Dan Stoodley, our man on the ground, was there to capture it all.

Hit the break and enjoy the gallery.

World Time Attack 2015

The event came from humble origins, when Ian Baker organised the first Superlap Australia in 2008 after experiencing Japan’s time attack scene. The first World Time Attack arrived in 2010, and the event has grown into an international chase for ultimate speed.

It’s a no-holds-barred chase for ultimate speed, and we can get behind that!

Joining the time attack machines are the Turbo Legends, Australian motorsport legends from the ’80s and ’90s, that run a special race event during the weekend.

World Time Attack 2015

pixelnerd Dan Stoodley photographed the event for Motorsport Retro, and you can enjoy the fruits of his labour right here!

For more of Dan’s work, head to his website here.

Photography thanks to Dan Stoodley of pixelnerd.

World Time Attack 2015

World Time Attack 2015

World Time Attack 2015

World Time Attack 2015

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Bobby Rahal Laps Daytona in an ex-George Dyer 1974 911 RSR http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/11/porsche-911-rsr-daytona-bobby-rahal/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/11/porsche-911-rsr-daytona-bobby-rahal/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:22:58 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=60961 Hop on board the ex-George Dyer 1974 911 RSR 3.0L for a few masterful laps of the Daytona road circuit.

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Bobby Rahal onboard 911 RSR

Hop on board the ex-George Dyer 1974 911 RSR 3.0L for a few masterful laps of the Daytona road circuit.

Three-time PPG Indy Car World Series Champion Bobby Rahal is liquid smooth behind the wheel of the 1974 911 RSR 3.0L in this video from the Sunday racing at the Classic 24 at Daytona.

The car has an impressive history in American sportscar racing, and proved very competitive in the hands of George Dyer, who raced it for some three seasons. Its period career endured for a decade, and it remains active in historic racing today.

Turn it up, hit play and enjoy the ride!

The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona was held over November the 12 to 16 at Daytona International Speedway, and put on by organisers Historic Sportscar Racing. It brought together significant sports cars from 1961 to 2010 including a healthy collection of machinery which raced in period in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

MORE: Sebring Tutorial – Porsche 911 RSR 3.0L onboard

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Emanuele Pirro Blasts Up the Goodwood Hill in a 908 http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/11/emanuele-pirro-porsche-908-goodwood/ http://www.motorsportretro.com/2015/11/emanuele-pirro-porsche-908-goodwood/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:11:06 +0000 http://www.motorsportretro.com/?p=60444 Enjoy an eloquent, humble and fascinating chat with Emanuele Pirro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and then top it all off with a full noise run up the hill in a Targa Florio-winning Porsche 908/3.

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Porsche 908

Enjoy an eloquent, humble and fascinating chat with Emanuele Pirro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and then top it all off with a full noise run up the hill in a Targa Florio-winning Porsche 908/3.

“Winning is a word I don’t like in historic races. Of course I’ve been very very happy to win it, twice I think. The T.T. But now I think winning is getting a little bit too important. The most important thing is to drive pieces of history; try to understand them; try to feel them; try to do the best you can.”

I came to this video for the Porsche 908/3. I stayed for Emanuele Pirro! The five-time outright 24 Hours of Le Mans winner has done a lot, driven a lot and achieved a lot in his career, and that all seems to have added a fascinating depth to what must have already been a great character.

He speaks about motorsport history, the 908/3, Le Mans, Formula 1, McLaren and more. It’s a fascinating chat, and well worth watching!

His run up the hill, of course, in that featherweight and stunning 908 is glorious. Worth it for the soundtrack of its flat six alone. Enjoy.

“There’s this fuel economy way of driving which is I guess if you don’t know anything else is fine but it’s a little bit of a different technique. I’m happy to have driven the R8 and R10 with this massive power and that you really had to go for it.”

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