While the 910 barely realized a full season as Porsche’s frontline sports racing car, before being surpassed by the 907, that is not to say that the 50 examples produced did not competitively continue on in races around the world. 910s continued to figure prominently in the hands of privateers for the subsequent two to three years, including a 9th place overall and first in class at Le Mans in 1969 (Poirot/Maublanc). In the case of our feature car, chassis #004, after being driven by Siffert and Hermann at Sebring in 1967, the car was sold to Spanish driver Alex Soler-Roig who drove it to a 2nd place at the Norisring, as well as several other top finishes in smaller German events that year. Soler-Roig raced the car only twice more in Germany, in 1968, before selling the car to Swiss racer Richard Broström. Conflicting records suggest Broström may have co-driven the 910 with Masten Gregory at Daytona, in 1969, finishing 11th overall, followed by a subsequent entry in that year’s Guards Trophy at Snetterton finishing in 6th. However, by August 1969, Broström appears to have sold the car to British racer Nick Gold who entered the car in the Guards Trophy at Brands Hatch that year, where he finished 5th.
Gold next entered the 910 (racing as car #27 in the above video) in the April 10, 1970 BOAC 1000 Kms at Brand Hatch with co-driver Mike Beuttler. Racing against the frontline 5-liter Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s of the factories, the duo qualified their 3-year old, 2-liter 910 26th on the grid, but managed to finish 11th overall and 3rdin the 2.0-liter category.
Later that month, Gold drove the 910 one final time, at the Silverstone International, where he finished 12th. From there the 910, slipped off the racing world’s radar screen until re-emerging on the historic scene in the hands of such stalwarts as Reginald Howell and its most recent caretaker David Hagan.
Driving the 910
It’s not everyday that you can say that you got to test drive a Porsche 910 by chance. Yet, such was the case for me. I had flown up to Northern California’s Sonoma Raceway to test drive Shelby’s King Cobra Can-Am car. Under the care of Scott Drnek’s Virtuoso Performance, he and his crew were there testing a host of customer cars, of which the Shelby was one, and they couldn’t have been more helpful in insuring that the Shelby test drive went off without a hitch. After driving and photographing the Shelby, Drnek tilted his head toward a white and green Porsche parked in the garage and casually asked, “You want to drive that too?”
“Ah..yeah!’ was my response.
As luck would have it, the car in question turned out to be the Porsche 910 that Siffert and Hermann had raced at Sebring in 1967. Needless to say, I had my suit and helmet back on in record time, not wanting to give Scott any time to change his mind.