1970s / Ferrari / German / Italian / Porsche

Paperwork from the Past

Ah, the glory days of sports car racing were the early ’70s when Porsche 910s and 917s battled with Ferrari 512s and 312s at Le Mans, the Nurburgring, and Watkins Glen. The cars can still be seen today at vintage racing events (or on a DVD “Le Mans” the film with Steve McQueen), but it’s always interesting to have a peek behind the scenes of that era. Fortunately for us, some years ago, Watkins Glen International liquidated a great deal of their old records and now they’re popping up in area antique stores at reasonable prices. Such an example are these entry papers my dad found in a shop downtown for the John Wyer Gulf-Porsche 917s and SEFAC Ferrari 312s in the 1971 6-Hours of Watkins Glen: (click to enlarge images)

Interestingly, the UK based Wyer team submitted their papers through the R.A.C. – Note various typos such as “ (17k ” on the visa slip and ” MEXCIO ” under Pedro Rodriguez’s address.

 

 

And here, the Ferrari SEFAC (Scuderia Enzo Ferrari Auto Corse) papers. Amusing that even though the paperwork was being sent to the US, the letter is written in Italian. Ferrari also seems a lot more lax in general in terms of filling things out completely.

 

Roughly translated:
“To whom it may concern, we enclose your model registration for the 6 hours of Watkins Glen of July 24, 1971, drivers Jacky Ickx and Mario Andretti, and we confirm participation in the Can-Am race on July 25, 1971 with a car 312P and a Can-Am car.”

 Finally, for the record, here are the stats from that particular event – note the changes in the Gulf-Wyer Porsche drivers:

Qualification:

1 6 Mark Donohue/David Hobbs Ferrari 512M 1:07,740
2 1 Jo Siffert/Gijs van Lennep Porsche 917K 1:08,510
3 40 Jacky Ickx/Mario Andretti Ferrari 312PB 1:08,640
4 2 Derek Bell/Richard Attwood Porsche 917K 1:08,970
5 14 Sam Posey/Ronnie Bucknum Ferrari 512M 1:09,100
6 30 Andrea de Adamich/Ronnie Peterson Alfa Romeo T33/3 1:09,220
7 33 Henri Pescarolo/Rolf Stommelen Alfa Romeo T33/3 1:09,800
8 35 Vic Elford/Nanni Galli Alfa Romeo 33TT3 1:11,000
9 48 Herbert Müller/George Eaton Ferrari 512M 1:11,510
10 63 Alain De Cadenet/Lothar Motschenbacher Ferrari 512M 1:12,730
11 43 Tony Adamowicz/Mario Cabral Porsche 917K 1:15,380
12 21 Gregg Young/Jim Adams Ferrari 512M 1:15,580
13 36 Nanni Galli/Vic Elford Alfa Romeo T33/3 1:16,070
14 67 Pete Harrison/Tom Fraser/Bobby Rinzler/Skip Barber Lola T212 Ford 1:17,580
15 87 Tony Dean/Steve Matchett/Chuck Parsons Porsche 908/02 1:18,980
16 61 Hugh Kleinpeter/Tony Belcher Lola T212 Ford 1:20,300
17 49 Robert R.Johnson/John Greenwood Chevrolet Corvette 1:21,760
18 46 Mike Rahal/Hugh Wise/Horst Kroll Porsche 906 1:23,140
19 59 Peter Gregg/Hurley Haywood Porsche 914/6 GT 1:24,800
20 57 Dave Heinz/Don Yenko Chevrolet Corvette 1:25,290
21 32 Jim Locke/Bob Bailey Porsche 911S 1:26,000
22 68 Pat Keating/Levon Pentecost/Anthony Torgersen Porsche 911S 1:26,300
23 64 Bob Baechle/Michael Summers/Fred Kepler Chevrolet Corvette 1:26,320
24 50 Richard Hoffman/Frank Cipelle/John Greenwood Chevrolet Corvette 1:26,340
25 80 Milt Minter/Rudy Bartling/Fritz Hochreuter Porsche 911 1:26,600
26 31 Bert Everett/Bob Beasley Porsche 911T 1:28,520
27 60 Robin Ormes/Bobby Brown/Bob Bondurant Lola T70 Mk.3 unknown
28 41 Bill Schumacher/Bob McClure/Bob Kiefer Chevrolet Corvette unknown
28 16 Michael Keyser/Bruce Jennings Porsche 911T unknown

Results:

1 30 Andrea de Adamich/Ronnie Peterson Alfa Romeo T33/3 279 6:00:25,000
2 1 Jo Siffert/Gijs van Lennep Porsche 917K 277 + 2 laps
3 2 Derek Bell/Richard Attwood Porsche 917K 259 + 20 laps
4 63 Alain De Cadenet/Lothar Motschenbacher Ferrari 512M 253 + 26 laps
5 49 Robert R.Johnson/John Greenwood Chevrolet Corvette 229 + 50 laps
6 59 Peter Gregg/Hurley Haywood Porsche 914/6 GT 228 + 51 laps
7 57 Dave Heinz/Don Yenko Chevrolet Corvette 221 + 58 laps
8 41 Bill Schumacher/Bob McClure/Bob Kiefer Chevrolet Corvette 210 + 69 laps
9 31 Bert Everett/Bob Beasley Porsche 911T 168 + 111 laps
10 68 Pat Keating/Levon Pentecost/Anthony Torgersen Porsche 911S 162 + 117 laps
DNF 36 Nanni Galli/Vic Elford Alfa Romeo T33/3 258 Collision
DNF 67 Pete Harrison/Tom Fraser/Bobby Rinzler/Skip Barber Lola T212 Ford 226 Collision
DNF 43 Tony Adamowicz/Mario Cabral Porsche 917K 191 Not classified
DNF 46 Mike Rahal/Hugh Wise/Horst Kroll Porsche 906 180 Not classified
DNF 14 Sam Posey/Ronnie Bucknum Ferrari 512M 126 Starter motor
DNF 61 Hugh Kleinpeter/Tony Belcher Lola T212 Ford 104 Engine
DNF 33 Henri Pescarolo/Rolf Stommelen Alfa Romeo T33/3 97 Accident
DNF 64 Bob Baechle/Michael Summers/Fred Kepler Chevrolet Corvette 90 Radiator
DNF 40 Jacky Ickx/Mario Andretti Ferrari 312PB 55 Starter motor
DNF 6 Mark Donohue/David Hobbs Ferrari 512M 53 Steering
DNF 87 Tony Dean/Steve Matchett/Chuck Parsons Porsche 908/02 47 Fuel pump
DNF 32 Jim Locke/Bob Bailey Porsche 911S 25 Wheel
DNF 48 Herbert Müller/George Eaton Ferrari 512M 17 Collision
DNF 16 Michael Keyser/Bruce Jennings Porsche 911T 13 Collision
DNF 50 Richard Hoffman/Frank Cipelle/John Greenwood Chevrolet Corvette 6 Suspension
DNF 60 Robin Ormes/Bobby Brown/Bob Bondurant Lola T70 Mk.3 2 Throttle cable
DNS 21 Gregg Young/Jim Adams Ferrari 512M 0 Fuel leak
DNS 35 Vic Elford/Nanni Galli Alfa Romeo 33TT3 0 Accident in practice
DNS 80 Milt Minter/Rudy Bartling/Fritz Hochreuter Porsche 911 0
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2 thoughts on “Paperwork from the Past

  1. >I hadn’t pieced together the reason for the change in Porsche drivers until now. Pedro Rodriguez was killed in Germany in a Ferrari 512 after Wyer submitted the forms – a year to the day after the Ferrari paperwork was submitted.

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