This Is the Car that Inspired the Porsche R-Gruppe
Story and Photography by Alexander Bermudez
Fifteen years ago, Mr. Cris Huergas ignited the early 911 hot rod revolution, by applying a humble list of factory sanctioned modifications to this 1969 911S. The car attracted the attention of Mr. Freeman Thomas who, together with Cris, founded R-Gruppe, a club that in turn inspired countless 911 enthusiasts, to adopt the same modifications as set forth in the factory’s Sports Purpose Manual. Over time however, the tuning became more ambitious, extending well beyond the scope of the original 1968 manual and climaxing with super builds like the WEVO built PVX, a 1969 Porsche 912 with a water cooled, 425hp 996 GT3 Cup engine mounted under its carbon deck lid. Yet Cris's "sports purpose" car is remarkably simple, bearing little if any resemblance to the latter.
Even among the well-heeled Porsche community, one simply cannot walk into a dealer and buy the kind of cool so effortlessly exuded by this first R-Gruppe build. So when fellow POC member Mr. George Puckhaber, the current owner of the car, suggested that I borrow it for this story, I wasted little time accepting his generous offer.