Porsche’s domination of sportscar racing in the 1960s and 1970s by the 917 is well known, but the manufacturer’s rise to the top would not have been possible had it not been for the existence of several highly successful race cars that were created before it. Bill Oursler, who needs no introduction as an author, has successfully captured the flavour of those highly competitive years with many period black-and-white, as well as colour photographs, from race circuits around the world.
The ten-year period covered by this book, namely 1964-1973, is widely regarded as one of the most memorable periods in motorsport, and Porsche held sway over many different racing categories across the world during this time. This was also a time of non-stop development mixed with turmoil and success under the direction of Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is widely considered as one of the great automotive minds of the modern era.
Porsche Prototype Era is a well documented account of those cars which led up to the creation of the mighty Porsche 917. Beginning with the fibreglass-bodied 904 (1964), Oursler covers all the lesser-known lightweight hillclimb specials right through to the end of the 917 era in 1973. He also offers a fascinating insight into Porsche’s exploits around the classic circuits and hill climbs courses, the Stuttgart manufacturer’s revolutionary sportscar designs, its heroic drivers and the aggressive competition that defined a golden age in sports car racing.
The quality of the book’s layout and photographic reproduction is outstanding and is a must for any self-respecting Porschephile, or any motor racing enthusiast for whom the 1960/70s represents a period not to be forgotten.
Title: PORSCHE PROTOTYPE ERA: 1964-1973 IN PHOTOGRAPHS
Author: Bill Oursler
Publisher: David Bull Publishing
Specification: Hardback, 168 pages, 280 x 280mm (68 colour and 102 B&W photos)
Written by: Glen Smale