The upcoming 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will witness a fleet of a dozen legendary 935 racers from Porsche in attendance. The Porsche 935 was dominant from 1976 up until 1984, when they won their final victory in a bleu riband enduro in an upset win at the 1984 12 Hours of Sebring.
The numerous race victories of the Porsche 935 include an impressive 12 wins at the 12 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The 935 entered racing folklore in 1979 when it claimed victory in the most important endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Le Mans-winning Whittington/Ludwig #41 will be the main feature at the 935 class at Amelia’s on May 23.
Porsche entered the 1970s claiming their first overall victory at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the time, a feature film about the race also came out. Steve McQueen, who was then seduced by endurance racing, spearheaded the movie that was simply titled Le Mans. McQueen himself competed in endurance races and finished second – first in class – in the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring using his own Porsche 908.
1979 Porsche 935 K3. Courtesy of Canepa Motorsports.
Porsche ended the 70s in the same way they started, with another Le Man’s victory, their fifth win. Again, Hollywood ties with Stuttgart were strong with Paul Newman this time.
Like McQueen, Newman was also seduced by endurance racing while he was working on Winning the year before. Driving his Group 44 TR6, Newman was able to claim victory at the SCCA’s 1976 D Production national championship and was driving a Datsun 280ZX when he won the national C Production title. In 1979, Newman made his Le Man’s debut behind the wheel in a powerful IMSA-spec Porsche 935.
He came close to the win, achieving an overall second place and IMSA category class victory, coming just after the #41 Kremer Porsche K4 935 driven by Klaus Ludwig and the Florida-based Whittington brothers.
Courtesy of Canepa Motorsports.
On May 23, 2021, the 1979 Le Mans-winning Kremer K3 Porsche will be making its first visit to The Amelia. It leads the fleet of successful, significant, and decorated Porsche 935s to celebrate the model’s 45th anniversary.
The 935 is the racing variant of the 911, descending from the Porsche Turbo Carrera. It is considered to be something of a road racing Funny Car that has driven through a wide variety of rule loopholes in several different languages during its long and productive life.
“The 935 is a glorious mutant, and it may well be the ultimate Porsche
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Le Mans-Winning Porsche K3 Headlines Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 935 Class
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Published Date: Sat, 01 May 2021 21:32:55 +0000
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