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The Porsche 953 Prototype, which turned into the Porsche 959, might be the most important sports car from the 1980’s. 6 units were built especially for the Paris-Dakar Off Road Rally, and one of them went for $5,945,000 at an auction held at Atlanta’s Porsche Experience Center.

In this video, we’ll be talking about the cultural significance of winning a race as tough as the Paris Dakar, what innovations the 959 brought to the 911 and Porsche as a brand, and how the 959 was two decades ahead of its time.

For the road, 345 units of the Komfort and Sport model of the Porsche 959 were produced from 1986 to 1993. They M.S.R.P.’d for around $300,000 in mid-80’s money, or $785,000 in 2022, and their values have more than quadrupled over the years, with their average auction price being $1.1M and some of the more well kept models going for $2M. Bill Gates bought a 959 from Western Europe in the late 80’s, and lobbied to have the U.S. laws changed so that he could legally drive it on U.S. soil. He got his wish when the States implemented the Show and Display Law, which allows the importation and driving of up to 2,500 miles a year of cars that are significant to automotive culture.

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         Ground Beef Effect – Jeddah Review

Holy cow!! In the annals of epic races, the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix unquestionably ranks up at the sharp end; No shortage of drama, dueling, and mayhem.

The race began innocuously enough, 10 laps of clear sailing and hardly any incident to speak of anywhere, until Mick Schumacher took turn 23 a bit too hot and backed his Haas into the turn 22 barrier, his day done. With no chassis or tire failure forthcoming to explain the incident, this appears to be a case of simply asking too much of available grip. A rare big mistake from Mick.

With the scene of the accident on the far end of the circuit, it took some time for officials to evaluate the condition of the crash barriers, and once it was realised human power was insufficient to move the barriers back into their spaced-apart arrangement, the red flag was thrown as heavy equipment was now required to be on-track. Smart, because it was the barrier spacing which provided the crash energy absorption required to prevent Mick’s car from rebounding back onto the racing line. Kudos to the barrier design, and to the importance given to setting them back up appropriately  …  More


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