A Porsche so rare, even Google hadn't heard of it
The 911 HLS resurfaces after being forgotten for 40 years.
Project 'Racing Coupé'
The story of the forgotten Porsche began in 1964. Back then, this particular Porsche 911 was happily running along in its standard configuration. Then, in 1966, it would be sent to the Automotive Engineering department at the University of Aachen.
The mission: turn it into a 'racing coupé' with a folding roof. The design study seems to take at least some inspiration from the Porsche 904 race car and its rear engine cover, which could be seen as a kind of retractable roof.
The fact that this Porsche had genuine racing ambitions can also be seen from the arrangement of the instruments on the dashboard: they were subsequently added to the right-hand side. The highlight of the study was undoubtedly the hinged cockpit canopy, integrated in its closed state to flow in harmony with the body line.
Finally, the concept car, complete with its retractable roof, was sent to a paint shop in Würselen, a German town in the Aachen district of North Rhine-Westphalia, where it was given its bright green color. Here, too, the model name Porsche HLS was added in black letters.
Left to rot
What happened next explains why the retractable roof Porsche 911 has, until now, generated not a single entry on Google: it simply disappeared. Presumably, the eccentric study found no favour at Zuffenhausen, so it was simply parked at the body shop and left there—for 40 years.
It was not until 911 expert Manfred Hering of Early 911s was asked whether he could restore the long-forgotten concept that it once again saw the light of day.
IT WAS SIMPLY PARKED AT THE BODY SHOP AND LEFT THERE—FOR 40 YEARS
"I was asked whether I could restore the Porsche for around 30,000 euros. Of course, I had to say no, but I then tried to buy this unique Porsche," says Hering. "After three years of discussions and negotiations I stood in front of the handsome wreck that had been left exposed to the weather for the last four decades. The original engine and a spare engine were dismantled but came with it—and had already served as a home for several families of mice."
Bright future ahead
Hering has definite plans for the car's future of the car: "In mid-April 2015, I will present the retractable roof Porsche at the Techno Classic for the first time. Then we will study it more closely and attempt to restore as many original parts as possible."
Whether he will, at some point in the future, want to sell this unique treasure is a question we'll save for a later meeting.
This article originally appeared at ClassicDriver.com.
Concours SA Overwhelming Success. EDITION 6
The inaugural Concourse South Africa held at Sun City last weekend was an over whelming success.
The Overall Concourse De Elegance Winner of the event was a De Tomaso Pantera owned by Fatima de Abreu. Fatima’s husband Carlos claimed the 2nd spot overall with his equally bright red Ferrari Tetsarossa , 3rd went to the very original Pontiac GTO owned by Basil Papagoria.
The Show and Shine category was won by Manana Nhlanhla all the way from KZN , 2nd went to Steve Koterba with his Oval window Beetle with suicide indicators , 3rd place went to Marius Malherbe with his beautifully turned out Karman Ghia.
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- 1st - De Tomaso Pantera , Fatima De Abreu , 245,67 points
- 2nd - Ferrai Testarossa , Carlos De Abreu ,245,00 points
- 3rd - Pontiac GTO , Basil Papgorgio , 242,67 points
Show and Shine
- 1st - Mercedes Benz 190SL, Manana Nhlanhla , 105,50 points.
- 2nd - VW Beetle , Steve Koterba , 95,00 points
- 3rd - VW Karmin Ghia , Marius Malherbe , 93,50 points
Super Cars pre-1980
- 1st - Ferrari Daytona , Nigel Townsend , 293,33 points
- 2nd - Jaguar E-Type , Roger Martin , 231,00 points
- 3rd - Jaguar E-Type , Top Pietrzak , 220,67 points
Super Cars post-1980
- 1st - De Tomaso Pantera , Fatima De Abreu , 245,67 points
- 2nd - Ferrai Testarossa , Carlos De Abreu ,245,00 points
- 3rd - Lamborghini Diablo , Nigel Townsend , 232,00 points
Sports Car pre-1980
- 1st - Pontiac GTO , Basil Papgorgio , 242,67 points
- 2nd - Chevrolet Corvette C1 Basil Papagorio , 238,00 points
- 3rd - Aston Martin DB6 , Vic Campher , 232,33 points
Sports Cars post-1980
- 1st - BMW M5 , Guy Patron , 229,00 points
- 2nd - Porsche 924 Turbo , 216,33 points
Leisure and Utility
- 1st - Mercedes Benz 300B , Dries de Jager , 241,67 points
- 2nd - Lancia Intergrale Evo 2 , Nesh Turanjanim , 235,33 points
- 3rd - Toyota FJ40 L/C , Leon Taljaard , 231,67 points
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The Distinguished Gentlemans Ride EDITION 5
On Sunday, September 25th 2016, tens of thousands of distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide will don their cravats, tweak their mustaches, press their tweed and sit astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer research and suicide prevention.
Riding Dapper for a Cause: Where we’ve come from and where we’re headed
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
- In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (US) for prostate cancer research.
- In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5M (US) for prostate cancer research.
- In 2015, over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (US) for prostate cancer research.
Influenced by the tragedy of losing one of our ride hosts to depression, 2016 will see a change in our health goals. Now, the funding of suicide prevention programs is a DGR focus, in addition to prostate cancer research through our new official charity partner The Movember Foundation and the support of our title sponsors Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.
Johannesburg South Africa Event.
Date: 25 September 2016
8:30am News Café Woodmead.
Departure Time: 9:30 am
- 1st Stop - News Café Woodmead
Like every year we meet up at Woodmead News Café bright and early. If you are planning on having a conventional breakfast, please be there at 8:30pm. If you are running late there will be quick coffee and muffin on the go. Kickstands up at 9:30am.
- 2nd Stop - Kensington Club, ETA- 10:00am
The Kensington Club is one of the oldest bowling clubs in the golden city. At the Bowling club we will enjoy a couple of cold refreshments. Kickstands up at 11:00.
- 3rd Stop – Mad Giant Brewery, ETA – 11:30pm
Mad Giant is situated in the heart Joburg, “Our beers are bold, audacious and brewed to smack a smile on your face.” Food can also be bought from the market at the sheds. Kickstand up 12:30pm
- Final Stop- Rim and Rubber Assembly
The friendly folks at Rim and Rubber organised a 2-piece band for entertainment on the final stop. A special menu will also be available on the on the day.
Pictures From 2015 Event
Published September, 15
CONCOURS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA 9 – 11 September 2016
The Concours d’Elegance has its roots in 17th century France, when the aristocracy would parade their horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. With the advent of the automobile, Concours d’Elegance events evolved into competitions between automobile manufacturers, custom coachbuilders, and owners, whose vehicles were judged on the beauty of their design.
The inaugural Concours South Africa will take place at Sun City from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2016 with the main Concours judging taking place on Sunday.
Exclusive in South Africa, Concours SA will bring together the finest classic, luxury and sports vehicles from around the country.
For the first time about 150 of the most prized collector cars will roll onto the lawns of Sun City, the home of Africa’s Major. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most prestigious and competitive events in the automotive world. The occasion is Concours SA hosted by Sun City.
In addition to vehicles parading in their finery, car owners and their partners will be encouraged to dress in chic attire appropriate to the nature of their vehicle. Think J&B Met meats the horseless carriage!
“We see this as an opportunity for owners of these special cars, their pride and joy, to express themselves to the fullest extent” said Ross Chrichton, organiser of Concours South Africa and a veteran supercar aficionado.
“The Sun City venue provides the idea backdrop to showcase South Africa’s finest cars, and the venue enables participants to enjoy the cars and themselves to the fullest over an unforgettable weekend, surrounded by like-minded people.”
Spectator entrance is free, Concours South Africa providing petrol heads of all persuasions to view the country’s most mouth-watering cars even if they are unable to take part in the Concours or Show and Shine.
Entries for the registration of cars has opened and the following categories are available in both Concours and Show and Shine
- Leisure & Utility up to 1980
- Leisure & Utility post 1980
- Sports Cars up to 1980
- Sports Cars post 1980
- Luxury Saloon up to 1980
- Luxury Saloon post 1980
- American Muscle
- Super Cars up to 1980
- Super Cars post 1980
For more information on Concours SA and how to enter your cars go to www.concourssa.co.za
Entries close on 30 June 2016
For further information contact Paul Kennard on 082 851 330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: September, 06
James Hunt’s Birthday EDITION 3
He Would Have Turned 69 on the 29 August 2016
James Simon Wallis Hunt (29 August 1947 – 15 June 1993) was a British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976. After retiring from racing in 1979, Hunt became a media commentator and businessman.
He is famously remembered for the his On Track antics with Niki Lauda and his Off Track exploits which IN TODAYS Formula One circles would have gotten him fired a long time ago. Were these the days when Real Men where Racing Drivers and Racing Cars were Racing Cars or has today’s technology and money surpassed those days?
Hunt's often reckless and action-packed exploits on track earned him the nickname "Hunt the Shunt", "shunt" being a British racing term that means "crash”. Today the drivers get penalized for exceeding track limits not to mention when they get involved in an incident that can get them banned for forthcoming racers.
His race-day ritual included throwing up, partially because of pre-race jitters, but also because of the previous evening’s carousing.
Throughout much of his career, Hunt dedicated the right front breast of his racing suit—prime advertising real estate most sponsors would pay dearly for—to a round patch emblazoned with the image of a flexed arm muscle and the words, “Sex, Breakfast of Champions.” Later he would swap the patch for a more dignified one declaring, “Sex is a performance thing.”
When Hunt went to McLaren for the 1976 season, he refused to sign a clause in his contract that stipulated he wear a suit and tie to sponsor functions, often appearing barefoot in only a T-shirt and jeans.
James Hunt 1974 Brazilian GP.
Hunt earned a total of 10 world championship race wins with Hesketh and McLaren, and became Formula 1 World Champion in 1976, but that’s not what made him great. What made him great was his personality and how he wasn’t some sort of corporate drone that just drove a car fast.
I remember going to the Old Kyalami Race Circuit in those days with my Dad, Niki Lauda was my Hero back then even though I was and still am a True McLaren Fan. How times have changed. James died a premature death at the age of 45 and Niki is at the forefront of all the modern Formula 1 Politics.
Happy Birthday James Hunt your Legacy will never be surpassed.
“So enduring is Hunt’s legacy, Formula 1 driver and 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen entered and won a snowmobile race in his native Finland under the name James Hunt, and often checks into hotels and makes reservations using the alias.”
Written by : Ian Kilburn Pictures : Sutton Images , Ford Cosworth.
Published: September, 06
South African Festival of Motoring. EDITION 2
The Inaugural South African of Motoring Festival kicked off this weekend at the Brand New World Class Kyalami facility. The festival was the second motoring event to be held at the Famous Circuit since its multimillion upgrade, after the AMID Motorcycle show held early this year. Like the AMID Show for the Motorcycle Industry it could be compared to any other event throughout the World.
One of the show stopper vehicles on display and also available for on track demonstrations in the very capable hands of pro-racer Jens Klingmann was definitely the new BMW M6 GT3.The new M6 GT3 replaces the old Z4 GT3 in endurance racing series around the world.
The Z4 GT3 had been in action since 2010 and used a naturally-aspirated 5, 0 litre V8 motor. The BMW M6 GT3 uses a 4, 4 litre V8 twin turbo motor generating up to 577HP with the whole car weighing less than 1300 kilograms. Regulations dictate that the GT3 makes only 577HP in its most powerful state. So its slightly down on power when compared to a road-going “Competition” package M6.But what the racer has lost in power, it’s made up in aero and weight loss. Another dynamic feature is the driving position of the new M6 in that the driver’s seat is towards the centre of the car and with the long wheel base make driving the car a unique experience.
Jens Klingmann knows the BMW M6 GT3 inside out. He has completed the most testing laps out of all the BMW works drivers in the BMW M6 GT3.He also took part in the cars debut race earlier this year at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in January. Klingmann was also at home in the previous BMW Z4 GT3 where he has already competed in the Nurburgring 24 Hours many times.2014 was also the first time that he contested an entire season of the ADAC GT Masters in the BMW Z4 GT3.
Klingmann is a product of the Formula BMW talent factory and was named the “Rookie of the Year” in 2006.In 2007 he went onto winning nine races on the way to the title. In 2016 he is contesting the full series in North America for the Turner Motorsport Team.
Unfortunately when I was wondering around the pit complex on a late Friday afternoon the car had been retired for the day and was been prepared for Saturdays festivities.
I have always been a V8 fan and now that they have added a Twin Turbo to the beast it must have sounded like a true fighting machine ready to do battle.
Written by: Ian Kilburn information by: BMW motorsport
Published: September, 05
One of the Rarest Land Cruisers Made. EDITION 1
The FJ45LV may be one of the rarest Toyota Land Cruisers ever made, with only 5,000 units made in total and just 1,000 left-hand drive units imported into the U.S. This particular model was originally purchased by a Montanan who sought to restore the car with all original parts; he eventually sold the unfinished vehicle, which was then discovered and bought by The FJ Company, a restorer with a particular focus on rare Toyota Land Cruisers.
The Company gave the FJ a complete makeover while managing to preserve its original engine and transmission. They also added a stylish two-tone paint job, complete with a grey and soft blue interior.