Tuesday, November 06, 2007

More-or-less unconnected photos...

...that don't seem to fit the categories I planned to show.

First, here's one of the Porsche factory's transporters, which carried racing cars across Europe in the 1950s and '60s. It was built by Mercedes-Benz, and was converted from one of M-B's buses...



In this instance, it carried a Type 910 racer, circa 1967...



And that leads me to include the Porsche racing car that, for whatever reason, simply grabs me the most in a visual way. This is a Type 906 of the early '60s, very fast but, with the windows wrapping over into the roof, rather warm inside...



Another coupe, this time from 1953, is a Type 550 built for the Mexican Road Race. It is one of only two hard-top 550s built. Porsche sold it directly after the race, and it remained in Mexico until a few years ago...



Not many people know that Porsche wanted to race in the Indianapolis "500." But they did, and formed an association with, among others, American Ted Field (heir to the Marshall Field department-store fortune, and an avid racer) to make it happen. The result was a strange and ultimately sordid tale of rule-changes and political maneuvering that kept it out of the 1980 "500."

Roughly a decade later, Porsche tried again, with different cars but, arfter several unsuccessful attempts, gave up...



Yes, there are more car-photos coming, and they are all Porsche racers. Be glad I'm not subjecting you to all 127 of them!

5 comments:

DAL said...

I think the 906 is the prettiest of the bunch.

I like that MB bus, though...

Justfly said...

Go ahead and post all 127 of them!
Great photos Scrib!

MrScribbler said...

dal -- the bus would be ideal for hauling around the 906...with room for one of the others I'll be showing soon.

lowandslow said...

Yeah, go ahead and post all 127 of 'em. I've got time, and certainly the interest. :)

John said...

Nice looking machines. I'd like a bus like that, too.