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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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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

16/03/2012


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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For sale: The Harrison Porsche Collection – significant rare, road and competition Porsches

The Harrison Porsche Collection

Maxted-Page Limited is very proud to be the appointed agents in offering for sale The Harrison Porsche Collection

5 Porsches out 7 are still available for sale.

A wide and significant collection of rare, road and competition Porsches, passionately acquired and owned by Gerald Harrison over the last 10 years.

Gerald Harrison’s passion for speed and adventure on land, sea and in the air has taken him into new directions within aviation, which now consumes most of his time, leaving little time to drive and enjoy this fine collection of Porsches.

A rare opportunity for the serious collector and or historic racing driver to acquire some of the most highly sought after and exceptional historic Porsche’s, which rarely ever come to the market together in this way.

Read on about The Harrison Porsche Collection from Maxted-Page, and head to their website here for more.

Reinhold Plank ~ Concours Restored
1951 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupe
Chassis # 5447

SOLD

 

The ex-Peter Gregg / Brumos Porsche
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis # 904 068

 

1966 Targa Florio & European Sportscar Championship – First production built Carrera 6
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
Chassis # 906 101

SOLD

Ex-Vanina Ickx
1972 Porsche 911 2.4S
Chassis # 911 230 1725

 

Four times Le Mans and 1981 GT Class winner
1976 Porsche 934
Chassis # 930 670 0177
Production no: 106 4619

17,000 miles from new
1996 Porsche 993 Carrera GT2
Chassis # WPOZZZ99ZTS392138

One owner from new
2005 RUF Turbo R Coupe LHD
Chassis # W09BD03665PR06024

Images via Maxted-Page

Photography credits  – Fluid Images, Serger Giesbers & Maxted-Page Limited.

 
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