The 1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C that won the Kyalami 500 and Norisring ‘Money Race’ will be amongst the cars taking centre stage at the London Classic Car Show when it heads to Olympia London on 20-23 February 2020. Tickets are on sale from 08:00 GMT on 30 October for the show, which will honour exquisite machines and showcase some of the world’s finest classic cars and vintage models currently for sale.
The Rothmans Porsche 962C (chassis number 106/B), supplied by Duncan Hamilton Rofgo Limited, is the first car to be confirmed for ‘Car Stories’, a brand-new attraction that will debut at the 2020 London Classic Car Show. As the event moves to its new Kensington home, Car Stories replaces the Grand Avenue and will celebrate six of the world’s most iconic and interesting cars, all with an incredible story to tell. Presented by personalities from the industry, including designers, racing drivers and owners, Car Stories provides a platform to delve into the rich history of these special vehicles with the help of those who know them best.
“We’re incredibly excited to start announcing some of the special celebrations that will take place at our 2020 event. Car Stories gives us the opportunity to discuss some of the world’s most iconic and fascinating classic cars with people that have shared incredible moments in history with them,” says Bas Bungish, London Classic Car Show Event Director. “We’re honoured to welcome the Porsche 962C and will be announcing five more superstar cars with fascinating stories to tell in the run up to the show.”
Racing drivers Jonathan Palmer and Mauri Baldi guided the Liqui Moly-liveried Porsche to victory on the Norisring street circuit in the 1987 World Sportscar Championship. Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic body and vast wing developed by British privateer Richard Lloyd, the car was the first privately owned Group C car to win a race that season. Following victory in Germany, Palmer put the car on pole at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and in the process set a new lap record for a sportscar and became the first sportscar driver to break the 200kph barrier.
For the final race that year, Richard Lloyd entered it to compete at the Kyalami 500 in South Africa, which was the last major event to be held on the original and much-loved circuit layout. On 28 November 1987, works Le Mans-winning driver Jochen Mass piloted the Rothmans-sponsored car with a factory-spec engine to victory in front of a 46,000-strong crowd.
Visitors to the London Classic Car Show will be able to see the car restored and race-ready to the exact specification and livery as raced by Mass.