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With Porsche’s first works entry after 16 years, it is time to look ahead, but also to review the glorious past. That’s the main aim of this special edition, which also represents the No.1-issue of our new magazine AUTOMOBILSPORT. This magazine pursues the spiritual philosophy of powerslide magazine, a philosophy that can be greatly conveyed describing the Porsche story in a big classic race. And so, here it comes: Porsche at Le Mans. The great Porsche racing manager and engineer Peter Falk described it in an interview with Herbert Linge, Egon Alber and ourselves in great detail: “Our results there were of such a great success because of our well-rehearsed team. Inside of this team everybody could fully trust the other. We grew together and stuck together – this made the difference.”
Porsche visited La Sarthe with its constantly growing and increasingly experienced team regularly every year since 1951. The untold efforts of mechanics, drivers, engineers and helpers (Herbert Linge: “It was seldom possible to sleep longer then an hour somewhere in between the piles of tyres.”) were again and again rewarded by successes. Every Porsche win means a milestone in the history of Le Mans as well.
Porsches Le Mans account looks like this:
16 overall wins (1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998), among them two overall wins (1970 and 1971) in the era of the great sportscar races, beside that a first win with a rear-engined car (the Group 5 Porsche 935 K3 turbo in 1979) and the first win in Group C with the 956 (a triple success together with two 935’s, on top of that also the IMSA GTX class, even a fivefold success in 1982). Even we could realize the importance of such a well-rehearsed, reliable and motivated team while producing this first AUTOMOBILSPORT. It was there, out of nothing, and pushed the completion of this 160-page-magazine as a matter of course.
We could count on people, who carried on the philosophy of five years of powerslide in a cross generational way, using the experience of many decades of professional motorsportjournalism and having one thing in common: minimum 100 octane in their blood. Motorsport-journalism stalwarts like the famous Karl Ludvigsen ( USA ), the germans Uwe Mahla and Eckhard Schimpf and from Austria Helmut Zwickl made the given theme alive by sharing with us their memories through their articles and pictures.
Porsche motorsport-heroes, former engineers, mechanics and drivers, like Peter Falk, Norbert Singer, Wolfgang Berger, Walter Näher, Jürgen Barth, Egon Alber, Herbert Linge, Roland Kussmaul, John Fitzpatrick and many more offered us patiently their advice and cooperation.
We would like to say ‘Thank you’ to them for that, and hope the resulting magazine that covers such a special part of motorsport history will please you, dear reader. There is one thing that unites us: our enthusiasm for automobilsport.
The magazine contains a fold out poster.
|Number of pages:||160|
|Dimensions:||210 x 297 mm|
8 AGAINST THE ODDS – Porsche's 1951 Le Mans
12 THE PORSCHE HEADQUARTERS IN TELOCHE
22 HERBERT LINGE – From an apprentice to the "father" of the development centre in Weissach
26 LE MANS 1969 – Missed by metres only
40 PORSCHE 914/6: "BEING TOP OF THE LADDER" – Overall sixth place at Le Mans in 1970
42 AT LEAST A PORSCHE VICTORY AT LE MANS – The background of the winning series of the 917s
54 COMPENSATORY JUSTICE… – Hans Herrmann writing Porsche-history in 1970
58 WITH STEVE McQUEEN AT LE MANS – Everything but a normal movie
62 RICHARD ATTWOOD AND TRHE 917 AT LE MANS
64 "IF YOU GO ON LIKE THIS, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FIFTH GEAR SOON…" – Dr. Helmut Marko and the Le Mans-triumph in the Porsche 917
68 A TURBO COULD SHINE IN 1974, EVEN IN THE MIDST OF MATRA – The 911 Carrera RSR Turbo
70 "I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING PORSCHE RETURN TO THE WINNERS CIRCLE AGAIN"
72 300 KM/H BY THE LIGHT OF A POCKET LAMP – Jürgen Barth on his Le Mans-race 1975 with Joest-Porsche 908/03
74 TAKING STOCK OF AN IMPRESSIVE CAREER – Gjis van Lennep and Porsche at Le Mans
76 THE 936 FROM A PORSCHE ENGINEER'S VIEWPOINT – Development of a Le Mans-winner
94 SIX OVERALL WINS, FOUR WITH PORSCHE – Jacky Ickx: "Monsieur Le Mans"
98 MORE AERODYNAMIC AND FASTER AT LE MANS – The ultimate Porsche 935/78 'Moby Dick'
100 PORSCHE-WIN – with a hefty Prize Surprise
109 FOURTH OVERALL IN 1979 THANKS TO HERBERT MÜLLER
110 DAWNING OF THE AGE OF AQUA – Porsche 924 Carrera GTR and Tony Dron
112 PORSCHE 956 AND 962: THE GROUP C ERA
122 LUDWIG'S DELIGHT AND FRUSTRATION AT LE MANS – The "Love-hate-affair" of triple winner Klaus Ludwig
124 AT FULL THROTTLE – The long career of Hans-Joachim Stuck
126 DEREK BELL: LE MANS-"SUBSCRIBER"
130 A FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE-STAR AT LE MANS – The short career of the Porsche 961 at Le Mans 1986 and 1987
132 GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS – The 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 at Le Mans
134 POWERFUL AND RELIABLE – The Porsche 993 GT2 at Le Mans
136 A DOUBLE WITH JOEST – The open TWR-Joest WSC Spyder
142 PORSCHE'S LAST BIG LE MANS-VICTORY SO FAR – The GT1 says goodbye with a double victory
146 NINE CLASS-WINS IN 14 RACES – The story of the 911 GT3 at Le Mans
148 SHORT LIVED; BUT SUCCESSFUL – The era of Porsche RS Spyder at Le Mans
150 WOLFGANG HATZ ON THE CURRENT PROJECT - 919 HYBRID
154 LE MANS STATISTICS