OK: to all off you who are not trembling with awe, (family, friends and all those kind enough to read this) it’s like saying:
„Next week I’m going to Stockholm for the Royal wedding.“
So NOW you understand and you will probably and rightfully say “how came?“
The first is that I’m going to be part of a ladies team, and those are hard to find at Le Mans classic, especially in scary Group 5. But as housewify as that might sound (on my part) don’t be deceived: My Partner will be Claudia Hürtgen. A professional Racer, one of the fastest women in the world, with many Podium places to show, amongst which third place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1998 (just to name one). She is also my racing teacher, and that tells you a lot about her sense of humour.
The second reason why we are allowed to participate in this amazing event is my car.
This car is a 1972 Porsche 911 2.5 l S. (also inofficially called “ST“)
An original worksracecar build by Porsche for an american journalist and racedriver called Michael Keyser.
Michael Keyser used the car to participate in all major European and American Races in 1972 and together with his company “Toad Hall Racing“ produced the most evocative Film about racing: “ The speed merchants“.
“The speed merchants“ is a Documentary about racing, at time when racing it was truly glamorous, dangerous and mythical
He and his Co-driver, “Jürgen Barth“ (later to become a Le Mans Winner and Porsche worksdriver) competed in all major Races of 1972 with the car: Targa Florio, 6 Hours of Daytona,Watkins Glenn 6 Hours, 1000 km of Nuernurgring, Sebring 12 Hours and of course 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they came 13th overall and where their’s was the only 911 to finish.
(Where this picture was taken)
(Fantastic to watch, as this Race must have been the epitome of Craziness, and as it does not exist anymore, we get as close as we will ever get.)
If you like racing, it’s not only a must, it’s an eyeopener and a real pleasure.
So next week I’m going to Le Mans: An amazing track, with an amazing co-Driver and an amazing car.
(The car at spa last week, tyres not right..)
Got it now?
All the great original photos are by Michael Keyser. All not so great Pictures and all Pictures of Slotcars are by Gaby. Now which are which??? Answers to Gaby and Michael as Comments are highly welcome!
Anyone who wants to see the car in action, look here: