THE WEEKEND RACER

BACK IN TIME: Edition 89

Dutchmann Porsche Weekend Racer

Photos and article by Stefan Daniël Kotzé

911, three numbers that are usually associated with an emergency, but in this case they are referring to one of the best things to ever come out of Germany, the Porsche 911.

This 1970 model 911 was originally built as a competitive racing car by the late Peter Gough in the 1990’s and driven competitively by Clive Wooley on the South African classic racing circuit. 

The car then sat dormant for close to 10 years before Dutchmann acquired the vehicle. Dutchmann entered the then red-coloured car into the 2014 Kalahari Desert Speedweek race where they had loads of fun with it. A few years passed and they then decided to completely restore the car for the 2017 Knysna Hillclimb. It competed in the pre-74 Marque Cars Class where it took first in class up the hill. 

So, for those of you wondering what and who Dutchmann is, here goes. They are a bespoke company that connect contemporary that connect contemporary designers with master craftsmen to produce globally recognized automotive, lifestyle and art-related objects. A great example of their work is this amazing Porsche which has truly been turned into a work of art. 

This air-cooled beauty received the full Dutchmann Weekend Racer makeover, which includes exterior, suspension, interior and performance upgrades. Starting on the outside, all the exterior trim was refreshed with OEM parts and was treated to a new lick of paint – an off-white, period correct hue whilst both sides of the car were Porsche branded. The wheels are silver and black 16-inch Fuchs in 7 and 8-inch widths. The tyres are meaty Bridgestone semi-slicks and fit into the wheel arches perfectly. 

Under the hood is a magnificent 1973 2.7 litre, air-cooled motor which has Mechanical Fuel Injection (MFI) and runs standard compression but with custom cams that produce approximately 255 BHP. This is more than enough to make this neat little Porsche an absolute blast to drive. For quicker gear changes there is a short-shift 915 gear shift and the brakes have been swapped out for Porsche 930 Turbo calipers with ventilated discs to have increased stopping power. The suspension has also been tweaked and lowered to make it more responsive. The inside of this car is simply stunning. The entire interior was re-upholstered and beautifully restored VDO gauges are complimented by the black dashboard. 

On the passenger side, the Dutchmann logo is beautifully highlighted in perforated brown leather. The steering wheel is a classic 380mm 1973 RS piece and finally, you cannot miss the timeless 1969 Heuer Monte Carlo Rally dash timer. There is also a full race-spec roll cage that is painted black and positioned behind the rear seats. The real piece de resistance must be the custom Kevlar/carbon composite racing seats that are modeled on the design of the legendary Recaro Pole-Position seats. They come complete with a SABELT four-point race harnesses. 

This car has no aircon, no electric windows and no traction control but you know what, it doesn’t need any of that. This is a real drivers’ car that moves your soul. It feels alive and makes you feel a real connection to true gentleman old-school style – a feeling that most modern-day cars can never give their driver. 

Go check out the rest of their projects online at www.dutchmann.co.za.