Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - Page 3

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The ”Panamericana” design study was a birthday present and also one of the attractions of that year’s German ‘IAA’ Motor Show. A one-off vehicle, it bore the name of the celebrated Mexican long-distance race, the Carrera Panamericana. It was success in this race that made the Porsche Type 550 Spyder famous all over the world.

Ferry Porsche on September 19, 1984, his 75th birthday, with his sons (from left): Hans-Peter (*1940), Gerhard (*1938), Ferdinand Alexander (*1935) and Wolfgang (*1943) in the courtyard of the Porsche villa in the North of Stuttgart, Feuerbacher Weg 48. The four-seat 928 S was presented to him by the Porsche workforce.

The 928 S with 300-hp, 4.7-liter V8 engine was his birthday present from the workforce: to distinguish it from the standard model it had side rubbing strips finished in the body color and front and rear spoilers made of polyurethane foam.

Although having to contend with competition from the large 3.6-liter Aston Martins and the 3-liter V12 Ferrari works entries, drivers Masten Gregory and Al Holbert in the 2.0-liter Porsche Type 718 Spyder RS 61 managed to secure an outstandingly good fifth place in the overall rankings. Edgar Barth and Hans Herrmann in a similar car with 1.6-liter engine took 7th place and Herbert Linge and Ben Pon were tenth in a Porsche Type 356 1600 GS Carrera GTL Abarth Coupe. Of the 55 cars that started this year’s race, only 22 finished.

Baron Fritz Huschke von Hanstein (3.1.1911 - 5.3.1996) joined the Porsche company in 1952 and was not only Press Department Manager and Competition Manager but also a successful driver of factory-entered cars, photographer and cameraman.

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