Porsche Museum enters 911 in Targa Tasmania

Porsche Museum enters $400,000 rally-bred 911 in Targa Tasmania. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: A $400,000 rally-bred car from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has been entered in this year's Targa Tasmania motorsport event as part of the German ...

Porsche Museum enters $400,000 rally-bred 911 in Targa Tasmania.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: A $400,000 rally-bred car from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has been entered in this year's Targa Tasmania motorsport event as part of the German manufacturer's 40th anniversary of the birth of the high-performance 911 model.

German Klaus Bischof, manager of the museum, will contest the Targa tarmac rally from May 13-18 in a 911 SC which is being prepared at Porsche Cars Australia in Melbourne.

The car finished second in the 1978 East African Safari Rally over a 5,000km course in Kenya, and features modified shock absorbers and transmission, and a three-litre six-cylinder engine which generates about 250-horsepower.

Bischof, who has raced in Targa seven times since 1996, said the 911 SC was unique because of its purpose-built rally specifications and only three models were produced.

"This car was built with a very strong body and designs aimed to ensure it could withstand the harsh conditions of rallying in Africa 25 years ago," he said.

Bischof believes the car will provide a historic contrast to the array of front-running Porsche 911s entered in Targa, spearheaded by six-times champion Jim Richards.

"These cars from our museum show Porsche is a special company with a long history and tradition in motoring and motorsport," he said.

"We like to create passion about Porsche cars, and competing in events such as Targa is a way to get close to our customers and friends and to show that our vehicles from the past are still capable of excellent performance."

"This year is also the 40th anniversary since the 911 began production (in 1963) so it is a special time for us."

Bischof said he relished the challenge of competing in Targa, which is owned and produced by global sports and events marketing company Octagon.

"I have come to Australia for seven years so that shows I like it," he said. "Targa is a new adventure every day and it's something I enjoy very much."

This year's rally will be the 12th annual Targa event in Tasmania since 1992, and will be contested over a total distance of 2,299km, with 464km in 44 competitive stages, plus the Temco Prologue.

Entries have increased to 258 in the four competitions, headed by Richards and Tasmanian navigator Barry Oliver. Other leading entries confirmed include Tasmanians Jason White and John White, who finished third in the 2002 rally, in a turbocharged Nissan Skyline GTR, and 2001 runner-up Tony Quinn of Queensland in a Porsche 911.

The four competitions in Targa are Historic (for cars from 1900-46), Touring Classic (1947-65), Classic (1900-81), and Modern (1982-2003). There is also a new non-competition touring class for rare and exotic historic and classic cars.

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-www.targa.org.au

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Series Other rally
Drivers Jason White , Jim Richards , Tony Quinn , Klaus Bischof