When Ferdinand Piëch developed the idea of using a turbocharger, first in the Porsche 917 and later in the Porsche 911, little was known that this would change history. Porsche started in 1969 with experiments using a turbocharged engine in a Porsche 911. A few years later , under the direction of Valentin Schäfer, Porsche started building a 2.7 liter turbocharged version of their 6 cylinder engine, to be used in a road legal Porsche 911. Tests proved that the engine was both powerful and reliable. The turbocharged Porsche 911, known internally as type number 930, made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1973. The start of a fascinating story. In the book “Porsche 930 to 935 : the Turbo Porsches”, the author John Starkey tells the complete story of the Porsche 911 Turbo and it’s racing cousins.
Porsche icons like the 1974 Porsche 911 2.1 liter RSR Turbo Carrera, of whom one sold recently at the Gooding & Co Auction in Amelia Island, over the Porsche 934 and Porsche 935 to the Porsche 935 K3 all have their own chapter in the book Porsche 930 to 935 : the Turbo Porsches. To write the book, John Starkey not only used his own experience as an owner and racer. He interviewed dozens other owners and racers of these turbocharged Porsches to explore the complete history of them. Dick Barbour, John Fitzpatrick, Hurley Haywood are just a few of the names that helped John Starkey to gather the information needed for writing an accurate history of Porsche 930 to 935 : the Turbo Porsches.
In the appendices, which take about half of the book for their account, the history of all the chassis is explained, but not always up to date. ‘Porsche 930 to 935 : the Turbo Porsches isn’t always as easy to read as one would like. Nevertheless, the information in the book is so valuable, and contains so much historical data, that a true Porsche fan and motorsports enthusiasts should reserve a place for the book on his bookshelf.
ISBN : 978-1787112469