Serge Vanbockryck & Mark Cole
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Group C was dominated by the Porsche 956 and 962 and was unquestionably the golden era of endurance racing. Beautifully designed and illustrated and packed with original photography, this iconic trilogy celebrates this incredible journey in exhaustive detail.
Works Porsche 956 and Works Porsche 962 both contain the substantial background of their development - featuring every race competed in, the team personnel and drivers and the complete chassis histories. John Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches is the perfect companion, with the same depth of detail and showing how a privateer team took on and beat the full factory effort - the appeal of racing a Group C Porsche from day one.
The “Ultimate” Trilogy
Three significant numbers and anniversaries for Porsche, Le Mans and Endurance racing….
In 2022 it was forty years ago that Group C was born, with the debut of the world conquering Porsche 956 at Silverstone in 1982, followed by a 956 lock out podium at their debut at Le Mans the following month. In 2023, Porsche celebrates their 75th anniversary and 100 years since that very first endurance race at Le Mans, in 1923.
For many, the Group C period of Endurance racing is THE Golden Era, with Le Mans victories for Porsche at the first and last ‘Group C’ races at Le Mans in 1982 and – as a GT1 entry – at Le Mans in 1994 – a domination that covered almost 14 years and is unlikely to ever be matched.
Porter Press has produced the set of three books, in their - Limited Edition - ‘Ultimate’ series that completely covers all aspects of this incredibly exciting period.
Works Porsche 956 – The Definitive History
This two volume set tells the fascinating story, across two volumes, of how Porsche built their first monocoque chassis and first ground effect car in just nine months, to produce a car that dominated and was competitive throughout the entire Group C era, fully setting the scene by also going it to great detail about Porsche’s racing history and detailing every race that the works cars competed in. In addition, the development of the Factory team cars is fully detailed and there is a comprehensive background of all the works team drivers, key personnel and how the relationship with Rothmans was formed. Finally, there is an incredibly detailed chassis history of every works team car, with full details of every race.
John Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches – The Definitive History
This book tells the story of how Porsche quickly realised that they needed to produce a customer version of the 956, so there was someone else to race with. John Fitzpatrick’s fascinating story of a career that started racing Minis and Anglias in saloon cars in the ‘60s and ran through to being one of the most successful Porsche racers throughout the 1970s in both the United States and the world stage sets the prefect scene to follow John and his team, as one of the most competitive teams of the 956 era, with several landmark achievements, that includes the full background story in them beating the dominant pairing of Derek Bell and Stefan Bellof fair and square in their works Rothmans 956 at Brands Hatch, how the team were responsible for the very first Group C Porsche 962, debuted at Le Mans in 1984 and how a Supercup race in 1986 with the team acquired Derek Bell the Driver’s World Championship in 1986.
Works Porsche 962 – The Definitive History
This three volume set covers the full background of the 962 era. Already being heralded as ‘The Book of the Decade’, the complete story of the works connected 962s is covered in incredible detail, across 1,400 pages and three volumes, in a story that has taken over thirty years to complete. Volume one carries immense background detail of the development of the 962, with many images never seem before, thanks to an exhaustive period with unique access over the decades to Porsche’ extensive archives and also to all the key personnel and drivers.
Each and every race is covered in substantial detail, from 1985 to 1988 as the factory works team. Volume two then continues the story, with the factory supported Joest team from 1989, when the factory shockingly withdrew from the World Championship, covering continuing success and wins right through to 1993 and then for 1994, the story of the Dauer team’s win at Le Mans with a 962 in ‘GT’ specification and volume three details the chassis and race history of the 10 works team cars, the six Joest run ‘factory numbered’ cars and the three Dauer GT models and this is followed by a comprehensive biography of each and every associated driver and the key team personnel.