Porsche RS-61 Spyder and a Pikes Peak Legend

Bobby Donner PPHC a Kevin Vaughan photo

1st mid-engine car to race the Peak

Bobby Donner Jr. raced a Porsche RSK on Pikes Peak in 1959, a first for a mid-engine car. Taking first in the Sports Car Class 0-1500cc, with a time of 16:27.3 and again a first in class in 1960 with a 17:24.  But he still wanted to go faster !

Free Press Photo PPHC

The complete Bobby Donner Jr. and his  PPHC story can be found in the May 2011 issue of “Excellence” mag.

Back issues are available at  : https://www.excellence-mag.com/issues/191

Great article, as always by Peter Linsky  with many wonderful pictures. Check it out !

 

The Survivor S/N 718066

This surviving PPHC race car was first purchased by Bobby in 1961 s/n 718066, was the Porsche RS-61 Spyder. He took additional class wins at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1961 and 1962.  The car wore car number 19 in 1961  with a time of  14:35.5 and car number  17 in 1962 with a time of 14:23.3 setting a new class record. He also raced it to a seventh place finish at Sebring in 1961.

Bobby moved on to other cars  and the car was sold to Don Wester who raced it for many years on the west coast.  Some time in the 1990s the car was fully restored to as new condition. ( Wish it was restored to as raced ) With the cars history and it being one of the most charismatic racing Porsche body styles ever,  plus a limited production  run, it was an easy seller at auction.

Rm Auctions in 2014 sold the Porsche RS-61 Spyder S/N 718066. Final price with fees, $275,000

You can see the auction listing at :

http://www.rmsothebys.com/az14/arizona/lots/1961-porsche-718-rs-61-spyder/1063980

Really would like to see this car in person, anyone know where it is today ,let me know.

 

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