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The problem in you claiming that the car or the team ‘ changed ‘ racing in any way shape or form completely ignores the absolute military like and teutonic precision of the factory Porsche teams from the very first race they entered . Fact is .. ‘ Spit & Polish ‘ would be an understatement when describing any of the Porsche factory teams .
So I’ll respectfully but absolutely disagree . The Team Penske 512M was a ‘ romantic ‘ moment in racing history for certain . But … racing being the cruel mistress and judge that she is has handed down her verdict . Despite all the outward appearances as well as the Hype / Myth surrounding the car , team and driver … the Penske 512m car and team were losers … of the first order . Blaming it on bad luck completely ignoring the realities behind all their failures [ bad mechanical prep … bloated egos and a lack of respect for their competition as well as the tracks being the truth behind the failures ]
Sad … but like so many other realities in and amongst the mythology of racing and cars … all too true
Having said that though .. it is a nice myth .. despite it being absolutely untrue
Mr. Martin – Unless you were there, as Mr. Hobbs was, I respectfully suggest you’re a fan with an opinion and a scorecard; nothing more. Petrolicious isn’t ‘claiming anything’ – David Hobbs is presumably reflecting on the reality of the time and given he was in the car at those races thankfully gives his words a great deal more weight than your own. They lost, but luck often plays a significant role in racing and being on the pole matters a great deal in terms of pure speed. Separately, your constant ‘first in to crap on the breakfast’ is tiresome. This video is an thrilling examination of a wonderful V12 race car that most of us will never have a chance to see or hear outside of videos like this. Unless you’re making them, kindly troll another board.