Porsche 935 Evolution with Custom PRG TrailerAdvert ID: 40540 £79,500 GBP
The FT's Porsche 935 Evolution
Owned and raced by John Griffiths, the Financial Times' former long-standing motoring editor, for more than two decades, this evocation and further development of Porsche’s iconic 935 world sports car championship and Le Mans winner, has long been one of the more colourful and best-known cars on the UK club and ‘gentleman racer’ scene. On occasion this iconic race car has been shared with Griffiths' well-known driver friends; Tony Dron taking an outright win with it in the Porsche commemorative race in the Silverstone Classic and works Mazda and Vauxhall driver Mark Ticehurst winning six out of the car’s last 7 races (a Series record) against hallowed machinery such as the late Gerry Marshall’s 550bhp V8 “Baby Bertha” and Marsh Plant leviathan Aston Martin V8 in the CSCC’s popular Special GTs series. The car’s travels further from home have included Bahrain’s GT Festival for FIA and invited GTs (when Griffiths’ partnership with Ian Flux was brought to an unfortunate premature end by a broken wheel).
The car has been absent from the circuits for the past two seasons as the result of a high speed testing ‘off’ at Brands Hatch’s Paddock Bend and a subsequent decision to undertake a complete, ground-up rebuild of both car and engine, including frame rejigging, all new bodywork, suspension, splitter, diffusers and other aero. This has all been completed regardless of cost and the car is completely circuit-ready. It should be noted that all engineering work has been designed and carried out by CTR Engineering of Huntingdon, led by Richard Chamberlain, whose own famous orange 935 evocation is front-running against state-of-the-art McLarens, Bentleys et al in the UK’s GT Cup and which is widely acknowledged to be the fastest Porsche racing regularly in Britain today.
Griffiths and Chamberlain began racing together, in their then near-identical cars, in 1995, in AMOC’s Intermarque team challenge – Ferrari v Aston Martin v Jaguar v Porsche v AC Cobra – and Porsche’s Open series for the most highly-modified examples of the marque. Both were part of the winning Porsche team for three successive years, while individually Chamberlain and Griffiths were consistent finishers in the top five of Porsche Open and Intermarque rounds. With drivers of the calibre of Marshall at the wheel, however “an overall win escaped me”, recalls Griffiths. “I got the occasional class win and I did get past Gerry once, at Brands, to take a second but only because, uncharacteristically, he briefly left the door open. Truth is, the car’s faster than I am.”
The full history of the car now being offered is set out in a five-page special feature undertaken by the CSCC for its Oulton Park Classic meeting of September 27, 2014. Like Chamberlain’s car, it began life as a roadgoing 1974 9llE, its racing career beginning in normally-aspirated, slide-injection RSR form at around 320bhp in the ownership of City solicitor Gideon Hudson. As the CSCC history charts, it was invariably a front runner, scrapping in company including Marshall, John Greasley, Malcolm Hamilton and Autofarm’s Josh Sadler.
A chance encounter in the Castle Combe paddock in 1994 led to Griffiths’ownership. He had just wheeled in from clinching an MG V8 championship after a season-long battle with former British saloon car champion Warwick Banks “and I found myself parking up behind the widest, curviest, most exciting backside I had ever seen in my life ” A deal was done with Hudson and the car has carried its “Financial Times” and Pirelli sponsorship livery ever since.
With cars such as Ferrari’s F40 and Jaguar’s XJ220 arriving in Intermarque in the late 1990s, plus invitations to the Chamberlain and Griffiths cars to join the “invitation” class in the Group C revival, substantially more power was required. The car for sale retains its K-Jetronic mechanical injection system, to retain authenticity, but was otherwise comprehensively re-engineered to 935 twin-KKK27 turbo format providing some 530bhp, with more available at increased boost. Bodywork is primarily Kremer K3 but adapted at the rear for improved aerodynamics. Very large- capacity AP Racing brakes at front and rear are fully compatible with the car’s performance. It should be noted that original-shape rear wings and Stuttgart ‘biplane’ spoiler are readily available from specialist suppliers- typically for a total under £4,000 - should a buyer wish to seek full ‘historic’ papers. The car is offered with a comprehensive history file, spare wheels and wets, and the availability of Richard Chamberlain’s CTR support services during the motor racing season. While considered “too fast” for the current formats of AMOC Intermarque and Porsche Open, it is eligible for CSCC’s Special GTs series, GT Cup and various other UK and Continental European events.
NB: the price includes a purpose-designed PRG trailer with widened rear deck and provision of additional set of new 335/40/18 rear and 265/40/18 front Pirelli slicks at time of purchase.
21 Mar 2018
Staines-upon-Thames, TW19 5EW
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