The Paul Watson Race Organisation had entered three Porsche 911S cars in Le Mans that year. John Chatham and Mike Coombe had approached Chris Maltin to prepare and look after their Porsche 911S they were going to drive, with reserve driver being Bill Tuckett. For me this was the chance of participating and competing with the pinnacle of sports cars and endurance racing. Le Mans wasn’t just any big motor race; it was the sports cars event down through history.
Chris agreed to take on the preparation, and race support for their car, which turned out to be a massive undertaking for all of us. At that time this was one of the quickest Porsche 911’s that I had ever driven. After weeks of preparations and testing we all set off for Le Mans. Our team was Chris, his wife Bunch, Malcolm my colleague mechanic and I, plus John, Mike and their supporting folk.
Arriving at Le Mans as part of a team is something else and this was the hey-day of the Porsche 917’s sweeping up at endurance racing after fighting it out with the Ferrari 512’s.
We soon got settled in and I had a caravan to share with Malcolm who was helping out at Maltin’s for a few months, waiting to migrate to South Africa. Our racing Porsche 911 was blue and had been allocated number 68 for the race. During the whole of that week, all we did was test and tune our Porsche 911 to get it to optimal set-up for the race.