Right entry, 50 left, attention, 300 straight ahead full, 100 right, 200 straight ahead, right full. If Christian Geistdörfer had his legendary 'prayer book' in his hand today, and if he sat on the passenger seat to navigate the driver up the last few metres to Michelsburg, it would sound something like that.
Almost 40 years later things are quieter around Christian. Well at least you might think so. Two years ago he published his biography 'Walter und ich' [Walter and I]. He doesn't have to prove anything to anyone today. Born in Munich, he seems to be more thoughtful now. Gone are the wild parties where dishes were smashed and chairs thrown around. A few weeks ago, he became a grandfather for the first time. He has kept his carefree smile, whether he is sitting at the wheel listening to the surging noise of the engine at more than 4,000 rpm – or greeting his buddy Carlo Marcati.
Fifty years ago, Steve McQueen began shooting his movie epic Le Mans—the most famous film sequence featuring a 911. Today, the new Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition would be perfectly cast for the role.
A total of 19 overall victories, countless class successes and incredible emotions have linked Porsche with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's largest and most traditional motorsport event, for more than six decades. On 14 June 1970, Porsche achieved its first overall victory there with the 580 hp 917 KH sports car.