This is the story of the International Race of Champions Porsche Carrera 911 RSRs and the drivers who raced them. It’s a story that is long overdue, as these cars formed an important part of Porsche’s historic rise to the top of the international motorsport pyramid.
In 1973, Porsche introduced its 911 Carrera RS 2.7 road car, but it wasn’t long before these cars were being put to the test on many race tracks around the world. The fully fledged racing version of this car at that time was the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 of which 55 units were produced for use during the 1973 season.
Part of the appeal of this race series was that it would attract twelve of the best racing drivers from a number of different racing disciplines, all names that were well-known in racing circles around the world. The drivers included: Emerson Fittipaldi, Denny Hulme, A.J. Foyt, Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Peter Revson, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Bobby Unser, Roger McCluskey and Gordon Johncock. In addition, to ensure that the playing field was level each time, the cars were maintained by a core of mechanics with no interference from the teams.
This book relates one of the most interesting and storied episodes in 911 racing history.