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Jack Ryan, who was a racecar driver and owned a VW dealership in Atlanta, made a deal to buy the car from Brumos in 1965. He then had the idea to race the car at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966. Huscke von Hanstein, the Porsche Director of Motorsport at the time, did not like this idea. He basically frowned at the idea of racing a new 911 at the Daytona 24. He didn't think the car was ready yet because Porsche would have brought one to race if they thought it was ready to compete for 24 hours. Jack Ryan said "It's my car now and I'm entering it." About half way through the race, Porsche Club of America members, Jack Ryan, Lin Coleman and Bill Bencker were leading their class. Crazy as it sounds...Huscke came down & offered them any assistance they needed.
The car went on to win its class, thus being the 1st 911 ever to win a road race...not just in America, but the world. Another 911 had won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1965, but that was a rally, not a road course.
It was also the 1st 911 to race at Sebring, finishing 2nd in class. It went on to win many more races in the SCCA and in Club Racing. The car still retains its original engine and transmission and the interior (minus the headliner) is completely original too.
The car will be on display at Daytona during the HSR races, November 14-17, 2013. For more info here. Courtesy of HSR.
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