With Rennsport Reunion VI upon us, the opportunity presents itself to share some the interesting story to a car that Luft’s co-founder will be racing: the 1983 Porsche 935/84.
As Martin Raffauf explained so well in his history of the car,
“While the [Porsche} factory had basically stopped building complete cars in mid-1979, several tuners continued with trying to improve the design. Kremer built two K4 models, only one of which was ever raced. John Paul had FABCAR build JLP4, a complete from the ground up design that looked somewhat like a 935, but was a radical attempt to try and get some more downforce and aerodynamics. It had some success in the 1982 season, but then was quickly eclipsed by Lola T600s and March 82/83G cars. Bob Akin also made two attempts at improving the breed. First, he commissioned Chuck Gaa at GAACO to build 935-L1. This was a Lee Dykstra design that seemed to be a cross between a Lola T600 chassis with Porsche 935 running gear. While quick in a straight line, handling proved elusive and it was shelved some time in 1983. While this car was racing in early 1983 Bob also had commissioned Dave Klym (FABCAR) in Atlanta to build 935/84. This was a full tube frame car with light weight bodywork using all Porsche 935 running gear. This car, along with the Andial 935-L Moby Dick replica, were probably the two best examples of what were the final iterations of Porsche 935 race cars.”
Featuring the 935’s trademark massive power but with the ultimate development of 935 aero, 935/84 has been driven extensively in historic racing events since retiring, including by Patrick at Rennsport Reunion V in 2015.
Photos © Andrew Ritter / Stanceworks 2015 and © Regis Lefebure 2015