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Orange: The colour chosen by the herb liqueur manufacturer from Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony for its racing cars from the 70s onwards. The first vehicle was actually dark green like the bottles. However, this was deemed “Not eye-catching enough,” by company boss Günter Mast after two races. It was therefore decided that a shade of orange, like that in the brand’s logo, should be applied to the body as quickly as possible. And so the 914/6 came to have a new paint finish more or less overnight. Without the Targa bar, as that made it quicker. And without the time for careful masking around the edges. As a result, some spray got through the slits in the doors and on to the A and B pillars. On the inside, the vehicle remained dark green. The main thing was to be on the starting line on time. Crazy to think of how some decisions get made and how great histories begin.
Jägermeister and racing? People who spent their childhoods in West Germany in the 70s will remember Jägermeister as an old man's drink. Rather fusty in terms of its image. And yet, the family business earned reasonably well. Initially, there was little interest in reaching a global market. The USA was a long way away. But the GIs who were returning from Germany brought this strange German schnapps with them. And the Americans turned out to have a taste for it. So why not tap into new markets? Jägermeister boss Günter Mast planned an expansion. And this was just the moment for Eckhard Schimpf, in his capacity as an ambitious amateur racing driver, respected journalist and – purely by coincidence – relative of the Mast family. Günter Mast was his cousin, although Schimpf had always financed his racing dreams by himself. With that very 914/6, this was about to change.
At the time, this vehicle was known as the “fastest 914/6”
The #porsche 914 with vehicle identification number 914 143 0178 was to be granted a thrilling life. In 1971, the Volkswagen and #porsche dealer Max Moritz decided to convert this vehicle into a racing car. The 914/6 with its two-litre engine was brought up to 220 hp. Fitted with a roll cage and relieved of all ballast, the vehicle was soon ready for the track. The driver team of Gerd Quist and Dietrich Krumm drove some unbelievable times with it. Although they dropped out in Le Mans, in both the 1000 kilometres of Spa and the 1000 kilometres of the Nürburgring they achieved victory in the two-litre GT class. Further notable achievements were taking second place in the 500-kilometre race on the Nürburgring and third place in the Prize of Nations on the Hockenheimring. At the time, this vehicle was known as the “fastest 914/6”. And Eckhard Schimpf wanted just that for the 1972 season.
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