that a special accolade has been awarded to one of its most successful works drivers.
Hans Herrmann, born in 1928, was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame
on 16 March 2012. This prestigious award from the organizers of the
famous American racing circuit was announced in the run-up to this
year’s 12 Hours of Sebring, which was held for the sixtieth time in 2012.
Also inducted to the Sebring Hall of Fame were the American racing legends
In a racing career spanning from 1953 to 1970, Hans Herrmann was twice
the overall winner at Sebring. In 1960, he won the legendary twelve-hour race
in a Porsche 718 RS60 with Oliver Gendebien, and repeated the feat in 1968,
in a Porsche 908 with Jo Siffert.
He also won his class for Porsche in 1956 and 1966. His first overall victory at
the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960 was one of the most important wins in
Porsche’s racing history.
This was the first outing for the new Type 718 RS60 1.6 liter car, and it ended
in a double victory for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer as the Porsche teams
of Herrmann/Gendebien and Holbert/Schechter crossed the line in front of their
competitors from the 3-litre class.
Hans Herrmann is one of Porsche’s most successful works drivers.
Born on 23 February 1928 in Stuttgart, the endurance specialist is
regarded as one of the most reliable and consistent drivers of all time.
Here is a video that I found on Youtube done in 2008 in tribute to his birthday at age 80 in 2008…has some great vintage film and pictures of Hans Hermann
During his motor racing career, Hans Herrmann notched up more than
80 overall wins and class victories for manufacturers such as Porsche,
Mercedes-Benz, Borgward and Abarth. In 1953, 1954 and 1955 he
was German champion in the 1500 cc class, and manufacturers’
World Champion in 1969 in 1970.
Hans Herrmann achieved his greatest victories in cars made in
and in Le Mans, where he achieved Porsche’s first overall victory
in a 917 in 1970.
After his triumph at Le Mans, Hans Herrmann retired from active racing
at the age of 42.