Vintage racing is a beautiful thing, but we have to wonder how it exists. After all, if we were ever entrusted with an irreplaceable, classic sportscar that’s been out of production for three or more decades, our first thought certainly wouldn’t be to risk folding it into a tightly-bound ball of vintage steel and fiberglass.
That said, a select few are willing to take that risk, and we’re all better off for it. For one thing, it leaves us with awesome video clips like this one from the RACER channel, in which Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series champ Leh Keen goes on a mad passing spree in a 1977 Porsche 934 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, hosted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Porsche 934 is a rare bird; only around 400 examples were built, constructed to comply with FIA Group 4 rules in 1976 and ’77. It’s similar – but not equal – to the Porsche 935, which was built for Group 5 homologation rules. Both cars used the Porsche 911 Turbo as their base, but unlike the 935, the Porsche 934 has perhaps been lost a bit more to obscurity over the years.
Germany’s Kremer Racing never built a continuation model, for one thing.
At any rate, in this clip, Leh Keen’s vintage Porsche 934 experiences a clutch failure, and is forced to stop. After a quick visit to the pits, the folks at Alex Job Racing have it road course worthy yet again, and now down a few laps, Mr. Keen goes on a positively berserk passing spree. In fact, during the most eventful stretch of the video, his Porsche 934 makes an incredible five passes in just over a minute.
Check it out: