Jeff Zwart (Copyright Unknown)

Born : May 24 1955

Biography Jeff Zwart

Jeff Zwart was born in Long Beach (California) in a middle-class family that lived in a condominium complex. His father was a mechanical engineer and his mother a school teacher. The family had 2 cars, an early Volkswagen and a Porsche 901 (Chassis 035 to be precise). Zwart was only 15 when his father took him to Los Alamitos horse track in the Porche 901. Exactly there Jeff would get his first driving lessons.  And it was at that point that Jeff got connected to Porsche.. He was bitten by the virus,  completely thrilled by the experience, and flabbergasted about the shape and line of the car. Just one year later, at the age of 16, Jeff Zwart and a friend took a plane to Europe. They made a 6-week bike trip from London to end up in Munich, just in time for the Olympics. 

Later Jeff started veterinary studies but quitted them. He enrolled in the Artcenter College of Design, dreaming of shooting one day for Road & Track. It only took Jeff a year to complete his dream. Then Jeff started shooting for the Road & Track annual calendar and the F1 Spotter’s Guide. Due to his F1 work, he was commissioned to do shooting in the passenger seat of a fighter jet. 

Jeff Zwart's Porsche 906 Carrera 6 ( Chassis 906-109) at Rennsport Reunion VI (Copyright Vintage Race Photography )
Jeff Zwart’s Porsche 906 Carrera 6 ( Chassis 906-109) at Rennsport Reunion VI (Copyright Vintage Race Photography )

The race career of Jeff Zwart

Jeff Zwart lived a while in Germany where he was waiting to get in veterinary school, and that’s where he picked up racing.  He learned to know the legendary race tracks like Le Mans, the Nürburgring, Spa, and Zandvoort. While racing there, he noticed the photographers just behind the fences. There Jeff realized that was what he wanted to do for a living. Backup in the USA, Jeff drove a Mazda in the US Pro Rally Championship and won the Open Class National Championship in 1990 in a Rod Millen-built Mazda 323 GTX. However, Jeff Zwart is best known for racing Porsches. So far, Jeff has run over a dozen different Porsche’s in the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb. And that means not only rally cars. Jeff has driven a Porsche 993 Cup car at Pikes Peak, as well as a stock Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Jeff Zwart has worn many hats on Pikes Peak, first as a photographer for Road and Track magazine, then as a competitor and champion, and for 2018 a mentor and rookie driving coach. 

Zwart’s Hill Climb experience covers competition in at least six classes, with all eight Class Championships captured behind the wheel of a Porsche. He dominated the High-Performance Showroom Stock Classes in the mid and late 1990s with four wins, including three division records. His induction to the 9 Minute Club took place in 2015 when he set his fastest time of 9:46.243 in the Time Attack 1 Class in a 2013 Porsche 911. Jeff also participated in the 1997 Panama-Alaska Rally and in the  2007 TransSyberia Rally which was from Moscow to Mongolia.

Jeff Zwart’s Garage

The garage of Jeff Zwart is one every Porsche fan would like to have. Among the cars in his garage, you can find a 1949 Porsche 356 Gmünd,  a 1953 Porsche 356, a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT, a 1985 Porsche 959 and Porsche 906 Carrera 6 (906-109).