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From the Jerry Seinfeld CollectionRoger Penske, Pennsylvania (acquired new in 1973)Grey Egerton, McAdenville, North Carolina (acquired from the above in 1974)Vasek Polak, Manhattan Beach, California (acquired from the above circa 1975)Tom Linton, Santa Fe, New Mexico (acquired from the estate of the above in 1998)Jerry Seinfeld (acquired from the above in February 2005)
IROC, Race 1, Riverside, October 1973, Revson, no. 3 (3rd Overall)IROC, Race 2, Riverside, October 1973, Johncock, no. 10 (DNF)IROC, Race 4, Daytona, February 1974, Follmer, no. 4 (DNF)Trans-Am, Lime Rock, May 1974, Forbes-Robinson (7th Overall)IMSA GT, Laguna Seca, Race 1, May 1974, Forbes-Robinson, no. 81 (1st Overall)IMSA GT, Laguna Seca, Race 2, May 1974, Forbes-Robinson, no. 81 (3rd Overall)Camel GT, Ontario 4 Hours, May 1974, Egerton/Aase, no. 81 (8th Overall)Mid-Ohio 5 Hours, June 1974, Egerton/Forbes-Robinson, no. 81 (DNF)Charlotte 300 Miles, August 1974, Forbes-Robinson/Yarborough, no. 81 (29th Overall)Laguna Seca 100 Miles I, May 1975, Forbes-Robinson, no. 81 (3rd Overall)Laguna Seca 100 Miles II, May 1975, Forbes-Robinson, no. 81 (3rd Overall)Riverside 6 Hours, May 1975, Forbes-Robinson/Minter, no. 81 (5th Overall)Daytona Finale 250 Miles, November 1975, Forbes-Robinson, no. 81 (7th Overall)
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, March 2000HSR Daytona Historics, December 2000 (Second in Class)SVRA Mid-Ohio, June 2001BRIC-SVRA Road America, July 2001 (Sixth in Class)Rennsport Reunion I, Lime Rock, July 2001 (Fourth in Class)HSR Daytona Historics, November 2001 (13th in Class)HSR Sebring Historics, March 2002 (Eighth in Class)Vintage Walter Mitty Challenge, Road Atlanta, April 2002 (Second in Class)Atlanta Historics, September 2002 (Fourth in Class)HSR Daytona Historics, November 2002 (First in Class)Vintage Walter Mitty Challenge, Road Atlanta, April 2003 (First in Class)SVRA Mid-Ohio, June 2003 (Second in Class)BRIC-SVRA Road America, July 2003 (First in Class)Road & Track Invitational, Laguna Seca, October 2003 (First in Class)Rennsport Reunion II, Daytona, April 2004 (Displayed)Vintage Walter Mitty Challenge, Road Atlanta, April 2004 (Second in Class)BRIC-SVRA Road America, July 2004 (Third in Class)
In 1973, Roger Penske created a racing series called the International Race of Champions – or IROC. Equally ambitious and unique in concept, the IROC series aimed to place the world’s best racing drivers in identical cars to compete against each other over several rounds at leading US venues. In so doing, Penske’s aim was to reduce all the usual variables in motor racing, so that only the bravest, cleverest, and most skilled driver would prevail.
To compete in his special racing series, Penske contracted 12 of the top drivers from the four main branches of racing: Peter Revson, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Denis Hulme from Formula 1; Mark Donohue and George Follmer from SCCA; Bobby Unser, A.J. Foyt, Gordon Johncock, and Roger McCluskey from USAC; and Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, and David Pearson from NASCAR.
While deciding on a car to serve as the basis for the IROC series, Penske consulted with his star driver, Mark Donohue. His answer was unequivocal: if Penske wanted a strong, fast, reliable, and consistent racing car, the only reasonable choice was a Porsche. Donohue suggested that Penske contact the Porsche factory and order a run of the latest racing 911s. Donohue had been impressed by the RSR’s handling and durability and was also confident that the engineers at Porsche could prepare a fleet of identically matched race cars – a challenging feat in its own right. Penske followed Donohue’s advice and, at his request, Porsche built 15 examples of the 911 Carrera RSR for the IROC series. Built to identical specifications, the IROC RSRs were essentially hybrids of the 1973-model 2.8 RSR and the new-for-1974 3.0 RSR. The IROC RSRs were all painted in bright colors with black Porsche script on the rockers for maximum impact on television.
The Porsche presented here, chassis 911 460 0016, is the earliest IROC RSR by serial number. Identified by production number 104 0209, this car was originally finished in Light Yellow and equipped with a type 911/74 engine, numbered 6840021. As one of, if not the very first example completed, this car is featured in several famous photographs taken by Porsche, showing the newly completed – and quite colorful – IROC RSRs at the factory prior to their delivery to Roger Penske.
The first three races in the IROC series were held on October 27 and 28, 1973, at Riverside International Raceway in California and the final race was held on February 14, 1974, at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. In their debut race, the IROC RSRs battled at Riverside in close quarters with just three seconds separating the first and last place cars. In the first race, Peter Revson drove this car to a 3rd Place finish. In the second race, Gordon Johncock was struck in the passenger door by another car and failed to finish. After being repaired and sitting out the last round at Riverside, 911 460 0016 returned to the track in Daytona, where it was driven by George Follmer. While challenging Donohue for the lead, Follmer spun the RSR and, while trying to get back on track, broke the gearbox and retired from the race.
Having served its duty in Penske’s IROC series, 911 460 0016 was then sold to Grey Egerton, who had been successfully campaigning a yellow 2.8 RSR in US endurance events under his family’s Pharr Yarns banner. Just a few months after the race in Daytona, the yellow IROC RSR was entered in a Trans Am race at Lime Rock, where Elliott Forbes-Robinson drove it to a 7th Place finish.
Throughout 1974 and 1975, 911 460 0016 was entered in several important US races and driven by Elliot Forbes-Robinson, Grey Egerton, Milt Minter, and Cale Yarborough. During its active career, the IROC RSR achieved a good deal of success, winning an IMSA race at Laguna Seca and securing Top-10 finishes at Ontario, Daytona, and Riverside.
After the 1975 racing season, Grey Egerton sold the RSR to famed Southern California Porsche dealer and race team owner Vasek Polak. Early in Polak’s ownership, the RSR was refinished in white with red and blue stripes and equipped with an earlier 2.8-liter engine, though little else was done and the car remained in static storage for many years.
In May 1998, Porsche collector and vintage racer Tom Linton of Santa Fe, New Mexico, purchased 911 460 0016 from Vasek Polak’s estate. Photos taken at the time of his acquisition show the car still finished in its 1970s-era white-red-andblue color scheme, though in many places, sections of the original Light Yellow paint can be seen. Keen to return the rare RSR to its original IROC livery and specification, Mr. Linton commissioned Jim Torres of Burbank Coachworks to complete a comprehensive and exacting restoration. During the restoration, the bodywork was stripped to bare metal, a process that revealed the car’s extraordinary originality. Though the fenders had been updated to standard 3.0 RSR specifications during Grey Egerton’s ownership, the original tub was intact and largely unchanged; even the passenger door, which had been damaged at Riverside and repaired in 1973, was still in place. Other important original features were present as well, from the proper galvanized steel braided oil lines to the welded gussets that greatly improved the RSR’s structural rigidity.
While the restoration was underway, Mr. Linton was presented with an opportunity to acquire an original type 911/74 engine, number 6840034, which had been originally installed in the Sahara Beige IROC RSR. Recognizing the signif icance of the find, he immediately negotiated a purchase and sent the engine to respected Porsche specialist Jerry Woods Enterprises for a complete rebuild.
By 2000, the IROC RSR had been completely restored to its original Light Yellow livery and specification, following an enormous effort to present the car as accurately as possible. After making its debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March 2000, the IROC RSR was actively campaigned in historic events, capturing many First in Class finishes along the way. During Mr. Linton’s ownership, the IROC RSR also took part in Rennsport Reunion I and II.
Jerry Seinfeld acquired the IROC RSR in February 2005 and has continued to enjoy it on both road and track – driving it around the streets of Los Angeles and at Willow Springs Raceway during a private track event in April 2011. Over the past decade, the Porsche has been carefully maintained by Adrian Gang and still shows beautifully in all respects – a testament to the quality and accuracy of the initial restoration.
“I’ve had this car for 15 years and driven it everywhere,” Mr. Seinfeld says. “It’s a dream car for me, all about Revson, Follmer, Penske and Donohue. First IROC made and first 3.0 911 ever. Only Porsche made indestructible, full-on race cars like this that you could, and still can, drive anywhere you want. The sound will make your life.”