Nice Car

November 17th, 2010, 10:30H · Topics: Getting Around, Sports · Print

1961 12 Hours of Sebring race.  With the help of Bill Warner, the Founder of The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance we pieced together a little information about this particular car.  It is a Porsche RS61 driven by Bob Holbert and Roger Penske for Hubert Brundage/Brumos Racing of Jacksonville.  It finished 5th. overall in the race and first in the sports class under 1600 cc, completing 199 laps.  The cars that finished ahead of it were all Ferraris.

As a side note, Bill was also at this race, and at the time in his late teens.  Bill also photographed the same car with his “Trusty Yashica D.”  The photo below is Bill’s take on the same car in the pits at Sebring.

At the risk of getting too auto geeky with all of this I wanted to take this one more step.  Only 14 of these cars were ever made by Porsche, all between 1961 and 1963.  One sold at auction at The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance in March of 2010 to legendary race car driver Sir. Sterling Moss.  The final auction price, $1.7 million dollars.  That is one nice car…

(Note:  I’ve seen conflicting dates in quite a few sources on the year this car won at Sebring.  I’ve gone with 1961 but I’ve also seen 1960 listed.)

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  1. 1 Tim August 12th, 2012 17:14H

    My dad was in the hearing aid business off of Hogan St. and was asked if he could rig a communication system for the Porsche team pit and car which he did for the 24 hour race. I attended the race with my dad as a 10 year old so this photo would be about the same time. Was told at the time this had not been done before at Sebring? 1960 or 1961?

  2. 2 Vance Reed February 2nd, 2015 15:17H

    You are correct in that this particular entry is from 1961.

    The Brumos entry of 1960 was Numbered 44 for the race, serial number 718-52, driven by Al Holbert and Roy Schecter. It finished second behind the factory entry, numbered 42, driven by Herrmann and Gendebien.

    Vance Reed

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