30 cars and 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 20/30 : The Porsche 908 (1969)

30 cars and 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 20/30 : The Porsche 908 (1969)

The Porsche 908 (1969) : 30 cars and 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 20/30

On the 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has selected thirty historic cars grouped into three per decade, all up for public vote by race fans. To participate, click HERE and choose one per decade. The vote is open until the 15th of January 2013. Each of the thirty cars will have a short introduction. Today it is the Porsche 908 that finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1969.

Having appeared for the first time in the 24 Hours in 1968, the Porsche 908 met the new regulations for a 3 litre prototype, established in the wake of escalating performance between Ford and Ferrari the previous year. Its first participation resulted in a third place finish for Jochen Neerpasch and Rolf Stommelen. In 1969, Gerard Larrousse and Hans Herrmann were in the lead entering the final lap, but Jacky Ickx passed him the last few miles. The Porsche 908 never won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but deserves its place in the great saga of La Sarthe: during the 70s, the reliability of the spider version 908/03 attracted many private teams. Among the most prominent drivers of the 908, was Reinhold Joest, whose team has been associated since 1999 with Audi's success at Le Mans.

Year : 37th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (14th & 15th June 1969)
Number of cars entered : Four
Technical Information :
3 litre flat 8 atmospheric
Drivers :
Jo Siffert-Brian Redman (n°20)
Willy Kauhsen-Rudi Lins (n°22)
Gerhard Mitter-Udo Schutz (n°23)
Gérard Larrousse-Hans Herrmann (n°64)
Results :
2nd (Gérard Larrousse-Hans Herrmann)
Retired (Jo Siffert-Brian Redman, Willy Kauhsen-Rudi Lins, Gerhard Mitter-Udo Schutz)
Notes : The 24 Hours in1969 had an important spectator, Steve McQueen, who had come in preparation for his film « Le Mans ». To be shot at the 1970 race. His production company 'Solar' entered a Porsche 908 (driven by Jonathan Williams and Herbert Linge) fitted with cameras to capture the action on the track during the race.