When you think Porsche, the first model that generally comes to mind is the all conquering 911. Whilst the 911 was and still is a superb car both on and off the track, it was the Porsche 917 sports prototype that paved the way to a string of wins at Le Mans and sportscar races worldwide. It took Porsche from a class winner, to an outright threat. The 917 also elevated the careers of such legendary drives as Derek Bell, Frank Gardner, Mark Donohue and Brian Redman. Read More
If you haven't heard of the YouTube sensation, Antti Kalhola, you've either been hiding under a rock or under your car for way too long! Basically he is a one man show, dedicating all his spare time to capturing the essence of motorsport competition. An eclectic combination of music, narration and footage, some of it rare, bring out the emotions of fans around the world. Read More
The Porsche 917 is arguably the most well-known and loved Prototype race car ever to leave the factory doors of Stuttgart. Great sportscar drivers such as Derek Bell, Richard Attwood, Brian Redman, Pedro Rodriguez and Mark Donohue all drove this conquering machine, albeit in difference guises. It ruled the circuits of Europe and the United States from the late 60's to the mid 70's and even made a brief appearance in the early 80's at Le Mans.
The video below is of the car and marque's most well known driver, Derek Bell, who gives a brief rundown on what it was like to tame one of these beasts. The sound of the flat-12 cylinder motor in my opinion, rivals that of Maranello's finest at the time. Whilst the Porsche 956/962's of the 80's and 90's were much more successful, it was this car that truly launched the Porsche name as a force to be reckoned on the racetrack. This blog entry is just a little bit of a warmup, there will be more to follow over the next week...
This video is of the Japanese driver, Takao Wada's amazing escape from a 300+ kp/h accident at the Fuji round of the JSPC (Japanese Sports Prototype Championship) of 1991. It was a freak accident where right at the fastest point of Fuji Speedway's 1.5km main straight, Takao's left rear tyre suffered a massive puncture. The car at these speed spun and sky rocketed in the air, crashing down in a fireball. Thankfully, Takao walked (ran) from the wreckage of his barely recognisable Nissan R91 sportscar unscathed. It's rare to get a drivers point of view in a massive accident such as this. It really hits home that we aren't playing kids games here.
Stay safe and keep it on the black stuff!
I recently watched this video interview with Allan McNish. The man should need no introduction, but just a re-cap of his career: Formula One driver, twice Le Mans victor and twice American Le Mans Series champion. So it's pretty safe to say he knows his business.
The interview is in conjunction with simraceway.com (Jim Russell racing school) and goes through the basics of driving - from the horses mouth (no offence intended ofcourse). It gives an insight into a world class drivers techniques and habits. Everything from being comfortable in the car to braking technique is covered. I certainly picked up some useful information that I will be trying out at my next track outing. I hope you gain something from it too. If not, well then you might be the next Allan McNish!
Ryan Bestulic - a diehard motorsport enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. I am an 80s kid (born in 1984) and I currently race my own car - a Nissan Pulsar SSS (I can hear you snickering from here!) around the country. From the age of 3 (or possibly earlier according to my folks) I have been an absolute gearhead. If I am not doing something related to cars, there is something drastically wrong!