Sunday, 8 January 2012

David Pennell Porsche 911 2.8 RSR

At this time, Bob Grafham and my younger brother Roy were still working at Maltin’s.
Chris Maltin had been approached by one of his customers, David Pennell to build a racing Porsche 911 for him. David was an industrialist from Sutton Coldfield who owned a plastics injection moulding company called Ryford Plastics that made the plastic parts for Wilkinson Sword razors amongst others. David commissioned Chris to take a brand new Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera lightweight and turn it into a full race Porsche 911 RSR racecar.
Whilst I was not involved with this in any way, I often popped into Maltin’s at Braywood Farm to see the car taking shape. This car was entered into the Production Sports Cars Championship and raced against Nick Faure in the Porsche Cars Great Britain - AFN Carrera RS, however it was in a different class with it’s full race twin plug 2.8-litre RSR engine. David supported a young driver called Alan Broad who was a novice, and so with Nick Faure’s experience in the Carrera RS things were quite evenly balanced between them. It was quite interesting seeing Alan driving around in the Porsche 2.8 RSR with a restricted license X sticker on the rear of the race car.
Bill Bates and I went along to photograph most meetings and got to know David and Alan and their families quite well.
As mentioned earlier, David also purchased one of the 5 Porsche Carrera RS 3 litre cars that were specially imported by Porsche Cars Great Britain. This was the black one and registered SMF 174M and latterly this car was also raced at a number of events throughout the season. Nick Faure was invited to drive the Pennell Porsche RSR on a few occasions and when he drove this, Alan Broad drove the black Carrera RS on track.
Throughout the production of this car and the racing season, Bob Grafham took a Super 8mm cine film of events (pre video days). Later we edited this film together and I added a classical sound track to emphasise the photography. At the end of the racing season, we both tracked around the country showing it to interested groups, with the main event took place at David’s house in Sutton Coldfield. 

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