Goodwood 2014: Porsche 935, Loud and Naked. (SFW)

DSC_6136 I’ve just been deafened, I have carbon monoxide poisoning, my t-shirt absolutely reeks of petrochemicals. I’ll probably become nauseous soon, and then have to take several days away from work to recuperate. You, though, get to enjoy a very similar overall experience but without the life-threatening inhalations or eardrum-shattering shrieks, and all from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy. Take the jump to be aurally assaulted. [youtube][/youtube] It’s a Porsche 935, as built under licence by FABCAR in the US in 1982. This car won races outright at Portland and Brainerd, and contributed points that lead to its driver / owner, John Paul Jnr, to become the 1982 IMSA Championship winner. DSC_6141 It’s powered by the ultimate evolution of the flat-six racing engine as it existed in 1982, running twin turbochargers and air-to-air intercoolers, twin ignition and mechanical fuel injection by Kugelfischer. Running 1.4 bar of boost there was 840hp on tap. And you can hear each and every one of them. DSC_6139 Again, if you’re in the right place at the right time, this is the kind of thing you get at Goodwood. The cars don’t just disappear behind roller-doors for workshop people to conduct their man-on-car relationships in privacy.  Here, voyeurism is on the menu in bold print. You can get as close as you dare. You can cock your head to the exhaust and take in a deep lungful. You can spend as long as you like, optically caressing the most intimate parts, and fear no reprisal. Like at a swingers party, the owner is happy to share. You can taste the experience on your tongue for hours to come. You can smell it on your breath. Right now I have that pushrod throttle linkage, pushing in and out, in and out, ingrained on my mind. I just want to see it one more time and listen to the engine moan with pleasure every time. DSC_6144 And even though we may never meet again, I’ll always have this video and a collection of revealing snaps to hang on to. I’ve never been inside her, I’ve never taken control and shown her who’s boss, and I probably never will, but I know I’ve seen private things she doesn’t usually display. Me and the Porsche 935. It was just a fling, but I’ll never forget it. (Images and video Copyright Chris Haining and Hooniverse 2014)

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