Monday, March 16, 2009

The last of the breed

I remember having a rekindled interest then with F1,
when the TAG funded Porsche engine was developed for McLaren.
TAG-Porsche-powered F1 cars bagged 2 constructor championships
in 1984 and 1985, and 3 driver crowns in 1984, 1985, and 1986.
Giving a total of 25 victories for the McLaren MP4/2.
Incidentally this started my infatuation with TAG Heuer watches.
After Porsche being disinterested in GP, I coincidentally did too.

But as a constructor, Porsche had only one win in GP race history.
This happened in 1962, with a Porsche 804 driven to victory
by Dan Gurney at the 1962 French Grand Prix.
Code named after its flat-eight engine? Maybe.

Porsche soon realized that they wanted to race cars similar to ones
that resemble their road cars and the rest they say is history.
IMHO is a wise decision made in the 60’s.
Classic GP is cool, but after 1987 everything is all about computer
aided driving and smart aleck cars. F1 is just too boring now!

The glory days are about real diving skills and bravery,
competitive machinery and mechanical superiority.
The #30 Porsche 804 Dan Gurney is!

My 1/43 804 by Quartzo

Still made in Portugal

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