To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 928, Porsche Classic Partner Swindon, in collaboration with the other three UK Porsche Classic Partner Centres and Porsche Recommended Repairer Road & Race Restorations, have been restoring a 1978 Porsche 928. This track-prepared classic will be racing in the 2017 season of the HSCC 70’s Roadsport Championship, driven be Le Mans legend Richard Attwood.
Each Porsche Classic Partner will take the role of pit crew for each race and then honing and maintaining the car ready for the next race. Not only does this race series help celebrate an icon of Porsche model history it also demonstrates their passion and knowledge for classic Porsche models that can be found in our Classic Partners, whether they be on the road or at the track.
To find out at which races the 928 and Classic Partners will be at, please see the listing below.
20 May 2017: Silverstone circuit, supported by Porsche Classic Partner Swindon
17-18 June 2017: Cadwell Park circuit, supported by Porsche Classic Partner Leeds
2 July 2017: Brands Hatch circuit, supported by Porsche Classic Partner Hatfield
5-6 August 2017: Croft circuit, supported by Porsche Classic Partner Glasgow
26-27 August 2017: Oulton Park circuit, supported by Porsche Classic Partner Leeds
21 October 2017: Silverstone Finals, supported by Porsche Classic Partner Hatfield
In 1977 Porsche launched an all new front-engined sports car. Originally designed as a replacement for the 911 the 928 was a luxurious grand tourer powered by a Porsche-designed 4.5l V8 engine producing 240hp. A focus on lightweight construction saw the extensive use of aluminium for the body panels rather than traditional sheet steel.
The 928 never did replace the 911 yet still secured its place in Porsche history as an outstanding luxury GT car and the last of the traditional 2-door, transaxle models.Discover the 928
The 928 will be piloted by none other than Porsche legend Richard Attwood. With a career spanning over 50 years across many forms of motorsport, from Formula 1 to sports car racing, Richard is most famously associated with his 1970 victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours race at the wheel of iconic Porsche 917K in conjunction with German driver Hans Hermann.
Richard is no stranger to the 928, having been one of the drivers of the Brumos 928S that competed in the 1984 Daytona 24 Hours race.
The 928 returned to Silverstone for the final race of the season. The constantly changing weather made choosing the correct set up of the car a distinct challenge.
After a damp qualifying session Richard secured 8th place on the starting grid but a standing start did not play to the 928's advantage, losing a couple of places early in the race. However Richard delivered progressively quicker laps, deftly navigating his way through the pack to bring the car home in 3rd place overall.
The car will now go on display at the NEC Classic Motorshow between 10-12 November.
On a cold and misty September morning in Belgium, Richard Attwood once again took to the track in the 928 for the penultimate race of the season. Spa Francorchamps is one of the world's iconic race circuits, combining high speed straights and challenging corners including the legendary Eau Rouge. After the qualifying session was cut short, Richard took to the circuit mid-field amongst a larger than usual closed-wheel grid of over 60 cars from various series. Both car and driver were pushed hard over the two races with Richard battling to finish in 4th place in the 70's Roadsport category and 18th overall.
On a sunny Sunday morning at Brands Hatch, Tom Bradshaw from Road and Race Restorations took to the wheel of the 928, standing in for Richard Attwood.
A former Porsche Carrera Cup Scholar, Tom quickly found confidence with the car, getting progressively quicker during qualifying and securing fourth place on the starting grid. Having lost a couple of places at the start of the race Tom fought hard, working his way back up the field and finishing in a well deserved third place overall and first in class.
Cadwell park is a demanding race circuit featuring a narrow track and many twists and turns to test the brakes and suspension of any car.
Despite the size and weight of the 928, Richard Attwood pushed the car to the limits on one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, putting in a strong performance across two days and getting faster with every lap. The lighter cars in the race had the upper hand at this circuit but Richard brought the car home in a very respectable 9th place overall and 2nd in class.
Supported by Porsche Classic Partner Swindon, the 928 took to the track in anger for the first time on Saturday 20 May. Having only tested the car for the first time the night before, Richard Attwood managed to qualify in 9th position from a grid of 35 cars.
After a delayed start due to heavy rain, Richard took advantage of the natural balance of the 928’s transaxle layout, battling to 4th position in just one lap. After a close battle with a 911 SC and a nail-biting finish, Richard brought the 928 home in 3rd place overall and 1st in its class.
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