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Porsche congratulates works driver Hans Herrmann turns 85

As a pilot of historic racecars, Hans Herrmann still takes part in many vintage car events for the Porsche Museum.

As a pilot of historic racecars, Hans Herrmann still takes part in many vintage car events for the Porsche Museum.

Stuttgart. Hans Herrmann, one of the most successful and best known works racing drivers at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, will celebrate his 85th birthday on 23 February 2013. Born in Stuttgart in 1928, this long-distance specialist was considered one of the most successful and dependable racing drivers of his era.

His motorsports career lasted from 1952 to 1970, during which Hans Herrmann won over 80 overall and class victories.

Hans Herrmann 1961 test driving the Porsche 787 in Hockenheim.

Hans Herrmann 1961 test driving the Porsche 787 in Hockenheim.

Hans Herrmann started his racing career in early 1952, piloting a privately-owned Porsche 356 1500 in mountain races, rallies, and endurance races. A year later he and Richard von Frankenberg took overall fifth place in the Lyon-Charbonnieres rally.

Porsche works driver Hans Herrmann turns 85.

Porsche works driver Hans Herrmann turns 85.

Porsche racing chief Huschke von Hanstein thereupon hired him for the Porsche Works team. Herrmann drove the 550 Spyder at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, and together with Helmut Glöckler came in first in the 1.5 litre displacement category right off the bat.

Sebring 1956: Hans Herrmann with Porsche Typ 550 Spyder.

Sebring 1956: Hans Herrmann with Porsche Typ 550 Spyder.

In 1953, at the age of 26 Herrmann won the title of German Sportscar Champion and got the attention of legendary Mercedes-Benz racing chief Alfred Neubauer, who hired him for his works team. Hans Herrmann piloted the Mercedes W 196 Silver Arrow in the premier category of motorsports, teaming with top drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling. Parallel to that, in 1954 he continued to drive for Porsche in the smaller displacement categories. In the 550 Spyder he won widely noted class victories in the Mille Miglia and Carrera Panamericana.

1.000 km Nürburgring, Porsche 718 RSK: Porsche employee Huschke von Hanstein in conversation with Hans Herrmann, 1959.

1.000 km Nürburgring, Porsche 718 RSK: Porsche employee Huschke von Hanstein in conversation with Hans Herrmann, 1959.

When Daimler-Benz pulled out of racing in 1955, Herrmann went on to drive Formula 1 races for Maserati and BRM, as well as other races as a Borgward works driver. In 1957 he became European Vice “Bergmeister” – Mountan Champion – before returning to the Porsche works team in 1959. Together with Joakim Bonnier, in 1960 Herrmann took the overall victory at the Targa Florio in a Porsche 718 RS60 Spyder, and the Formula 2 championship in a Porsche 718/2. He also won the 12 Hours of Sebring with Olivier Gendebien. In 1963 he left Porsche KG and joined Carlo Abarth’s racing team.

Hans Herrmann 1970 at 1.000 km Nürburgring with Porsche 908/03 Spyder.

Hans Herrmann 1970 at 1.000 km Nürburgring with Porsche 908/03 Spyder.

In 1966 Herrmann returned to the Porsche works team, not only driving in all the major long-distance races and European Mountain Championship races, but also doing countless test drives in Weissach. With pilots Hans Herrmann, Jo Siffert, Vic Elford and Rolf Stommelen, in 1969 the team took the World Sports Prototype Championship for the first time. In 1970, at his eleventh Le Mans race Herrmann capped off his career with a bang, winning the first overall victory for Zuffenhausen in a Porsche 917 KH.

He took this motorsports achievement as a suitable time to retire from active racing, after 42 years on the track. Since then Hans Herrmann has lived with his wife Magdalena near Stuttgart, successfully operating his company “Hans Herrmann Autotechnik.” As a pilot of historic racecars, he also takes part in many vintage car events for the Porsche Museum.

 

Major Porsche racing victories by Hans Herrmann
1952 ADAC-Deutschlandfahrt 356 1st place (class)
1953 24 Hours of Le Mans 550 Spyder 1st place (class)
1953 Grand Prix Germany, Nürburgring 550 Spyder 1st place (class)
1954 Mille Miglia 550 Spyder 1st place (class)
1954 Carrera Panamericana 550 Spyder 1st place (class)
1956 12 Hours of Sebring 550 A Spyder 1st place (class)
1956 Grand Prix Germany, Nürburgring 550 Spyder 1st place (class)
1960 Targa Florio 718 RS 60 1st place (overall)
1960 12 Hours of Sebring 718 RS 60 1st place (overall)
1966 Grand Prix Zeltweg 906 Carrera 6 1st place (overall)
1967 1000 km of Spa 910 2nd place (overall)
1968 24 Hours of Daytona 907 1st place (overall)
1968 1000 km of Nürburgring 907 2nd place (overall)
1968 12 Hours of Sebring 907 1st place (overall)
1968 1000 km of Paris 908 1st place (overall)
1969 1000 km of Nürburgring 908 2nd place (overall)
1969 24 Hours of Le Mans 908 2nd place (overall)
1969 1000 km of Monza 908 2nd place (overall)
1970 1000 km of Nürburgring 917 2nd place (overall)
1970 24 Hours of Le Mans 917 1st place (overall)

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database / Porsche Museum

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1955 Winter Vintage Porsche Motor Skiing (With a Twist) the World’s Most Dangerous Sport

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The roots of ‘skijoring’ or motor skiing can be traced back to Bavaria, circa 1955, when a group of Germanic lunatics decided it would be a good idea to use motorbikes, VW Beetles and Porsches to tow themselves around for fun.

Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. The skiers are towed behind cars travelling at great speed.

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The concept is simple enough: put a rope on a car or motorcycle, presumably equipped with studded snow tires, then have the driver navigate a race course at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

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Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

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Evidently safety was not as big of a concern back then either. The speeds and proximities to other skiers in this clip are unlike anyone would have attempted.

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See the Teutonic madness, featuring Porsche 356s and even a Porsche 550 Spyder, a short but sensationalized video below.

You can spot the Porsche 550 Spyders in the video, and what appears to be Otto Mathe’s famous 4 cam-powered single seat racer, which you can see in person visiting the Prototype Museum in Hamburg.

Probably the Gmund 040, then used by Otto Mathe to tow his ice racer

Source: The British Pathé Film Archive

All 90,000 British Pathe reels can be viewed and enjoyed on:http://www.britishpathe.com

World’s Most Dangerous Sport (1955). Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. Skiers are towed by cars and motorcycles travelling at great speed. Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

 

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1955 Winter Vintage Porsche Motor Skiing (With a Twist) the World’s Most Dangerous Sport

motor-skiing-1

The roots of ‘skijoring’ or motor skiing can be traced back to Bavaria, circa 1955, when a group of Germanic lunatics decided it would be a good idea to use motorbikes, VW Beetles and Porsches to tow themselves around for fun.

Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. The skiers are towed behind cars travelling at great speed.

motor-skiing-2

The concept is simple enough: put a rope on a car or motorcycle, presumably equipped with studded snow tires, then have the driver navigate a race course at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

motor-skiing-6

motor-skiing-8

Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

motor-skiing-5

Evidently safety was not as big of a concern back then either. The speeds and proximities to other skiers in this clip are unlike anyone would have attempted.

motor-skiing-3

motor-skiing-7

See the Teutonic madness, featuring Porsche 356s and even a Porsche 550 Spyder, a short but sensationalized video below.

You can spot the Porsche 550 Spyders in the video, and what appears to be Otto Mathe’s famous 4 cam-powered single seat racer, which you can see in person visiting the Prototype Museum in Hamburg.

Probably the Gmund 040, then used by Otto Mathe to tow his ice racer

Source: The British Pathé Film Archive

All 90,000 British Pathe reels can be viewed and enjoyed on:http://www.britishpathe.com

World’s Most Dangerous Sport (1955). Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. Skiers are towed by cars and motorcycles travelling at great speed. Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

 

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Porsche 550 “The Lost Spyder” – a Mystery Novel by Sean Michael

If you enjoy a fast-moving story involving suspense, romance, interesting and likable characters, and surprising twists and turns, you will love this book! Mr. Michael immediately draws the reader in and makes it difficult to stop reading until the last page. He makes the characters both memorable and believable. But don’t take my word for it…buy the book and enjoy! Here on Amazon.com “The Lost Spyder” [Paperback]

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Description of novel

John Christian (J.C.) Callahan was once an influential figure in Birmingham, Alabama — a brash entrepreneur known as much for his hard-edged personality as his business success. Now Callahan is living out his golden years in self-imposed isolation, a tough old man withdrawn from the community and seemingly obsessed with mechanical acquisitions. When he mysteriously disappears with a horse of cash, his estranged daughter Kristen is notified. Kristen Callahan is the sole remaining family that the old man can claim. But she’s the mirror image of her father. Instead of embracing his militaristic sense of order, Kristen is a free spirit who seeks wisdom in unexpected places – like palm readings and astrology charts. To locate her father, she contacts a low rent detective and second tier law student named Charlie Byrd. Together they discover that J.C. Callahan has disappeared on a quest. He is searching for a legend. The Porsche 550 Spyder. One of the rarest cars ever built, 550 Spyders are prized by wealthy collectors as valuable works of automotive art. For years, rumors whispered that one such car was stolen and lost forever. Now, after more than five decades, the mythical lost Spyder has finally been found. J.C. Callahan has the Spyder in his grasp, and its shocking secrets will not only change his life — they also may end it.

The Lost Spyder is refreshing. It is a fast-paced page turner. The characters and their interactions are believable. The scenes that the author takes the reader into are depicted beautifully.

Author Sean Michael inspects the very first proof of THE LOST SPYDER – in paperback!

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If Sean had to choose a genre for his book, it’s a “mystery” with elements of “thriller” and “suspense.” Yes, there is a private investigator. There are also generous amounts of humor and action. Probably because Sean loves to travel, there are a few different exotic (and not-so-exotic) locations. The book is 100% fiction, but it’s grounded by some genuine locales and historical events.

Author Bio

Sean Michael has appeared in a Business Week cover story, been photographed by National Geographic dancing in Czechoslovakia, directed short films on the backlot of Universal Studios, attended a top-20 American law school, drank cognac in the former Soviet republic of Transdniestria, sipped wine in Moldova, sampled herring in Sweden, been named a “Small Business Innovator of the Year,” hosted a party at the Playboy Mansion, lived in Greenwich Village, sat behind Dave Letterman’s desk, driven a Porsche on a race track, created among the first fictional characters on the Internet, publicly recited Russian poetry, watched ancient religious parades in Guatemala, developed some of AOL’s most popular online communities, told jokes onstage at LA’s Comedy Store, watched wild grizzly bears fight in Montana, climbed volcanoes in El Salvador, played videogames in Japan, and most recently hauled an Airstream travel trailer throughout the lower 48 states. The Lost Spyder is his first novel.

Legal

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to real events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. The publisher acknowledges that certain words, such as automobile names and designations, mentioned herein are the property of the respective trademark holders. Such words are used for purposes of identification only.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Walkabout Production Group, LLC (February 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983306109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983306108
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

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