With sports-car racing evolving at a breakneck pace in the mid-‘70s, Porsche moved rapidly from the production Type 930 911 Turbo to a series of Turbo-based race cars. At the same time, the factory was supporting the demand for new cars from private teams and in 1977, produced a brief run of 10 cars under an IMSA rule allowing improvements to the 934 RSR race car. Featuring a wide body to accommodate massive rear tires, Type 935 rear wing and 590 HP single-turbo 3.0L engine, it proved easy—and tempting—to bring the 934.5s ever closer to 935 specifications. Read More...
Twin Turbo 3.2L
Manual 5 Speed
Swap Shop Livery
No. 0960 was the very last of the 934- and 934.5-series cars produced, originally sold to Ron Brown, who raced it briefly in the Pacific Northwest in late spring of 1977. Reportedly, it was too much for Ron to handle, and Cliff Kearns took over in June.
After brief teething problems, Cliff and his co-drivers campaigned the car hard, soon debuting his famous Desperado livery. But at the November 1978 Championship Finals at Daytona, having qualified in a strong sixth place, co-driver Milt Minter crashed 0960 hard. Receiving the wreck at his American International Racing (A.I.R.) shop in Southern California, the wizard of fiberglass, Dan McLaughlin, determined the chassis was unrepairable. The famed Porsche builder, whose bodywork appeared on virtually every American 935, stripped 0960’s mechanical parts and built a new car on chassis DMV47012CA. By March of 1979, Kearns and Gianpiero Moretti were driving at Sebring. When the financial strain of a
full IMSA schedule took its toll, Kearns appears to have leased the car to Dave Dopke for the end of 1979 and early 1980, before selling to Marty Hinze, who debuted at the 1980 Watkins Glen 6 Hours. There, he and Dick Whittington lost the transmission, and Hinze took the opportunity to take the freshly built car apart again, upgrading to full 935 K3 specifications, with twin turbo 3.0L engine; 935 suspension with titanium axles, upside-down 935 transaxle and 935 big brakes. Hinze then raced through 1987, generally with Gunnar Porsche/Southeastern Wine sponsorship. Toward the end of the car’s racing career, however, Hinze had sponsorship from Preston Henn’s T-Bird Swap Shop, and it was in those colors it made many of its later appearances.
After Sebring 1982, Hinze made 0960 his
backup car, qualifying at several races just in case there was a problem with his March 83G. Increasingly uncompetitive in IMSA in the face of lighter, ground effects GTP cars, Hinze did still end up racing the swift and dependable 935 at Sebring two more times: in 1985 when he suffered suspension failure; and in 1986, when in yellow Tugboat Annie’s livery Hinze, Jack Newsum and Tom Blackaller qualified 31st—and finished in 15th. In 10 years, 0960 made it to Sebring an amazing seven times. No. 0960 would eventually go through several other hands, including ex-Ferrari factory driver Mike Gammino, who won the HSR ThunderSport championship. For more information, please fill out the form below.
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