Nino Vaccarella - Targa Florio 1965
After winning the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, the former headmaster of a
nearby school became the local hero of the Targa Florio race after winning
in 1965, then repeating in 1971 and again in 1975, when it was no more a
World Sportscar Championship event. He also drove the big V12-powered
Ferrari 512S in a heroic yet ultimately losing effort in 1970, damaging the
car in the final stages.
Vaccarella participated in five World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on
10 September 1961. He scored no championship points. He also participated
in several non-Championship Formula One races.
Targa Florio - 1973 - La course légendaire!
Leider nur auf Französisch.
Die Targa Florio war ein Langstreckenrennen auf öffentlichen Bergstraßen
in Sizilien. Geschaffen wurde es vom Unternehmer Vincenzo Florio.
Die Targa Florio (italienisch für Schild, Plakette) wurde von 1906 bis
1977 meistens im Mai als wichtige internationale Veranstaltung teilweise
mit WM-Status (Sportwagen-Weltmeisterschaft) durchgeführt. Es ist somit
noch älter als das Indianapolis 500. Seit 1978 wird sie als Rallye
Als Targa Florio Rally wird diese traditionsreiche Veranstaltung in der
Saison 2012 als Lauf der Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft ausgetragen.
Porsche 908 at Nurburgring 1971
The Gulf Porsche 908/3 Flunder was raced to victory in the Nurburgring 1000
km of 1971 by Derek Bell - Jo Siffert.
The Porsche 908 was a racing car from Porsche, introduced in 1968 to
continue the Porsche 906/Porsche 910/Porsche 907 series of models designed
under Ferdinand Piech.
As the FIA had announced rule changes for Group 6 Prototype-Sports Cars
limiting engine displacement to 3000 cc, as in Formula One, Porsche
designed the 908 as the first Porsche sports car to have an engine with the
maximum size allowed. The previous Porsche 907 only had a 2200 cc flat-8
engine with 270 hp. The new 3-litre Flat-8 engine produced initially 257 kW
(350 hp) at 8400 rpm, as well as some teething problems. Also, being
traditionally air-cooled and with only 2 valves per cylinder, it was still
down on power compared to more modern F1 designs which delivered over 400
hp (300 kW), but were not suited to endurance racing.
The 908 originally was a closed coupe to provide low drag at fast tracks,
but from 1969 on was mainly raced as the 908/2, a lighter open spyder. A
more compact 908/3 was introduced in 1970 to complement the heavy Porsche
917 on twisty tracks that favored nimble cars, like Targa Florio and
Nürburgring. Sold off to privateers for 1972, various 908s were entered
until the early 1980s, often retro-fitted with Porsche 934-based 2.1-litre
turbocharged flat 6 engines.
Despite the more powerful 917 improving towards the end of 1969, the career
of the 908 would continue. On rather twisty and slow tracks like
Nürburgring and Targa Florio, the 917 was not suited well even after being
modified to the "917K". So rather than trying to make "one size fit all",
Porsche built dedicated cars for each type of racing track. Based upon the
lightweight and short Porsche 909 which was used in hillclimbing, the new
open cockpit version, the 908/3, was even shorter than the 908/2. This
version was successful in the 1970 Nurburgring 1000 km and the Targa
Florio, where typical speeds were only about half of the 240 mph (390 km/h)
which the 917LH long tails could achieve at Le Mans. The 908/02 in which
Steve McQueen finished second at the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring was also used
as a camera car for the Le Mans (film) in the race itself. Steve McQueen
originally intended to drive a Porsche 917 in the race, though this was
vetoed by the studio funding the film.
In 1971, vertical fins were added to the rear of the 908s which were
outpaced at the Targa by two Alfa Romeo Tipo 33s. All entered 908s crashed,
but Vic Elford had managed to set fastest lap. The next race at the
Nurburgring saw a 1-2-3 finish for the 908 in front of two Alfas Romeos,
but with Alfa scoring wins at Brands Hatch and Watkins Glen, it was proven
that these prototypes could even beat the 917s.
With the combination of the powerful 917 and the lightweight 908, Porsche
dominated the International Championship for Makes each year from 1969
through to 1971.
Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_908