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Björn Waldegard was the 1979 World Rally Championship and winner of 16 WRC events in his four-decades long rally career that culminated in the 2011 East African Safari Classic Rally win in a Porsche 911. We pay tribute to this gentle giant in this week’s issue, as well as bringing you a full report from the FIA European Rally Championship’s Barum Czech Rally Zlin. We also feature the mighty impressive Tuthill Porsche 911 RGT machine that powered into the WRC’s history books at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland last week.
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This latest edition of Handbrakes & Hairpins dedicated in memory of Timothy Cathcart, who passed away at the British Rally Championship’s Ulster Rally this past weekend.
Inside we bring you news from Michelin and the World Rally Championship’s new two-year deal, Marcus Gronholm’s Volkswagen Motorsport move, a look at this weekend’s WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland and a review of the SA National Rally Championship’s Round Five.
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“What an unbelievable experience,” said Richard Tuthill after a test in the Porsche 911 R-GT for this weekend’s WRC ADAC Rally Deutschland. “We’ve had the perfect day of driving. The car hasn’t missed a beat and the weather has shown all its faces, from rain in the morning to a dry afternoon. But what has impressed most is the reception for this car. We’ve had so many drivers coming over to talk to us about it and the fans haven’t left our side all day. The FIA has definitely got this one right.”
One man who paid very close attention to the Tuthill Porsche 911 GT3 RGT challenger was the talented Estonian WRC star, Ott Tänak, who enjoyed chatting to Stéphane Prevot about Tuthill Porsche’s new machine. No doubt there is huge interest in what the R-GT class holds for rally enthusiasts. It’s great to see a Porsche 911 back on the entry list for the WRC in Germany.
Tuthill Porsche has shared a preview of its upcoming documentary on their 2013 Kenyan Airways East African Safari Classic Rally, building and prepping a squad of 911s for he largest-ever private rally effort. This two-minute trailer shows the torture of Classic Safari: revered by drivers as the world’s toughest test of man and machine. Don’t miss the full length documentary, coming to the Tuthill Porsche Youtube channel on 10 February.
Goodwood is honouring one of the world’s most versatile and popular sports cars – the Porsche 911 – with the main ‘Central Feature’ at the 2013 Festival of Speed (11-14 July). The one-off 911-inspired sculpture promises to be a highly distinctive ‘installation’ displayed prominently outside Goodwood House.
Marking the first half-century of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood is hugely appropriate in the Festival of Speed’s 20th anniversary year. To date, this legendary sports car has featured at every single Goodwood Festival, from the first event in 1993 – when an unexpectedly high 27,500 enthusiasts turned-up – to the 185,000+ visitors that attended the world’s greatest celebration of car culture last year.
Whether appearing in action in road and race form on the testing 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, spitting gravel sideways around the Forest Rally Stage, or sitting serenely static yet inviting on the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours lawn or Porsche exhibition stand, the 911 has played a key role in helping to put the Festival of Speed on the map over the last 20 years.
The 911 has been at the very heart of the Porsche brand for the past five decades. Few other sports cars in the world can look back on such a long tradition and continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show at Frankfurt in September 1963. Today the truly versatile 911 is considered by its many devoted fans to be the quintessential sports car, and the central point of reference for all other Porsche series, as each of the marque’s other models carry a piece of the 911’s philosophy.
Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. From the very beginning the car has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner, with two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date being notched up by the 911.
In addition to Goodwood, Porsche will be celebrating the 911’s 50th anniversary around the world, including the USA, China, Continental Europe and Australia. During the summer the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will also be marking ‘50 years of the Porsche 911’ with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the car.
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Dessie Nutt is aiming to move up into the top four of the British Historic Rally Championship leaderboard when he contests this weekend’s Severn Valley Stages at the wheel of a Tuthill Porsche prepared Porsche 911. London-based Edmund Peel will join Nutt in a second Tuthill-prepared car. Continue reading Tuthill’s Dessie Nutt aims for top four