The beginning of the 1980s was a period of great changes in motorsport. The new regulations allowed the use of turbochargers in Formula 1, the 4x4 drive was introduced in rallies, later creating Group B, while in track races the groups from 1 to 6 were reduced, creating new divisions such as Group A and C.
Porsche was able to boast of excellent preparation for starts in Group C, the league of prototype cars, by introducing the successor to the 936 model. 1982 marks the beginning of a wave of success in endurance racing for Porsche and its drivers, such as Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours in the year of the 956's debut.
In 1983, Porsche recruited a German driver named Stefan Bellof. The 25-year-old very quickly adapted to the car, which easily reached speeds of over 350 km/h and in a short time began to win with his teammates.
For over 10 minutes, the emergency services tried to get the driver from the crashed car. The official announcement was that Stefan Bellof died on the way to the hospital. A tragic death and a huge loss for the sport.
The model I built is a miniature Porsche 956 C, which Bellof triumphed in the DRM series, and more precisely, I wanted to reproduce the car from the 1984 Norisring race, in which Stefan started from the first position but finished the race in 3rd place.
Work on the model proceeded without any major problems, except for the fitting of the windshield. The end result is more than satisfactory for me. The 956 line is timeless and the orange color adds charm. This is my first car model from this racing series and I must admit that it is the largest and lowest 1:24 model I have built. Work on the model lasted between August and December 2015.
There is nothing else for me to do but invite you to watch the effect of my work.
Author | Krzysztof Szpakowski