Total 911

Tony Mcguiness

- San Diego, USA @tonymcguin­essgt3rs

I feel extremely fortunate to not only be living the legend of the 911 with my GT3 RS and GT3, but I’ve also been living the legend with Porsche in another way since 2018. In last month’s issue, I shared with readers that for over one year I had been interviewi­ng British driver and Porsche legend, Brian Redman, for Total 911. Regular readers will recall, prior to Brian Redman, I interviewe­d Porsche hero and Londoner, “Quick Vic” Elford about his life and career for 14 successive issues.

Preceding that, my inaugural interview with a Porsche race legend took place with American hero Hurley Haywood. My mini-series of interviews with the three times winner of Le Mans and five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona included eight sequential guest columns.

The term legend is one that cannot be overused when it comes to Hurley Haywood, Vic Elford and Brian Redman. It could be argued that if it wasn’t for them, Porsche may not have become so incredibly successful in motorsport.

They each are unique drivers in their own right. Vic, Brian and Hurley achieved phenomenal success for Porsche, yet they also suffered bitter disappoint­ments. It’s especially worth rememberin­g Vic Elford convinced Porsche to let him race the 911. They had no plans to race our beloved Neunelfer. In fact, they didn’t even have a department to support Vic. Yet Vic persuaded Huschke von Hanstein to lend him a 911 along with only minor support. Vic was convinced the 911 could be a winner. He knew he could harness the weight distributi­on of the 911 with its engine slung out over the rear axle and use it to its advantage.

The great man didn’t disappoint giving the 911 its first major internatio­nal victory at the 1968 Monte Carlo rally. Porsche was ecstatic at Vic’s success with the 911 and in many ways that victory back in 1968 set the 911 on the road to success for decades. When Vic described his victory to me in the red 911 at Monte Carlo, I was on the edge of my seat as I listened to him take me back in time.

In fact, each driver I have interviewe­d has their own incredible way of talking about the cars they raced and the tracks they raced on. If you haven’t read the Guest Columns of Hurley Haywood, Vic Elford and Brian Redman, I urge you to go back and read my interviews with them as they share their life and careers racing for Porsche.

I’m excited to announce the commenceme­nt of a new series of interviews I’m conducting with Porsche icon, Derek Bell MBE. Porsche fans will be no stranger to the humble, British driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987. The five-time winner of Le Mans also won the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in 1986, 1987 and 1989.

I’ve already had two interviews with Derek, and I can’t wait for the next. I hope you enjoy the first of my interviews with him next issue.

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