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Porsche works driver Hans Herrmann inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame – Prestigious accolade

Hans Herrmann inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame

Press Release


Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is delighted to announce

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

Geoff Brabham, Denise McCluggage, Johnny O’Connell and Jim Downing.

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

Zuffenhausen: at the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Carrera Panamericana

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.


SOURCE:: Porsche AG Press Media Database


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Porsche mourns Jaroslav Juhan-one of the 1st Porsche Factory Racers

Jaroslav Juhan at Buenos Aires 1000km, 1954

Stuttgart. The Dr. Ing h.c. F. Porsche AG is mourning the death of former factory racer on 28 Died September 2011 Jaroslav “Jerry” Juhan at the age of 89.

In the fifties, he was instrumental in making the Porsche brand known in the South American continent.

Juhan (far right) with teammates Herbert Linge, Herrmann and Porsche motorsport boss Huschke von Hanstein.

Former Porsche factory driver Jaroslav Juhan has died. Juhan, born in Prague in 1921, started his career as an importer of Italian cars and buses.He left his homeland in 1951 for the Republic of Guatemala, where he became the official importer of Porsche sports cars – and to publicize his business, he raced the vehicles he was selling.

Juhan won the Guatemalan 1953 Carrera de Pacifico in a 356 1500 Super. In a 550 Spyder, he led the 1.6-litre class of the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico later that year, though he had to retire on the seventh section due to a technical defect.

Jaroslav Juhan at Buenos Aires 1000km, 1954

Nonetheless, his performance was good enough to win him a works drive the following year: dueling with Hans Herrmann, then regarded as Porsche’s top driver, he finished just seconds behind to take second place in their class and fourth place overall behind two of the far more powerful Ferraris. The second picture above shows Juhan (far right) with teammates Herbert Linge, Herrmann and Porsche motorsport boss Huschke von Hanstein.

Later in 1954, Juhan won the 1000km race from Buenos Aires, taking fourth place overall in 1955, he scored a sixth place at Le Mans with teammate Helm Glöckler, and a fourth place in class in Buenos Aires (bottom picture). However, he always regarded himself as an amateur.

Juhan left Guatemala in 1961 due to its unstable political situation and settled in Switzerland, where  he drove a Porsche 928 S4 on-road well into his old age.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database Public Relations
Porsche Museum
Astrid Boettinger


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