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Old June 22nd, 2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Need Answer To Porsche Trivia Question

What American driver raced Porsches (as far back as Speedsters in 1953-54) with the number 33? If you've got a link to a pic of the gentleman that would be great. Thanks!
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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Do you know what type of Porsches this American race car driver raced in?

Not sure about car #33
But Bob Holbert (USA) was one of the United States' first Porsche dealers and a prominent Porsche race driver in the 1950s and '60s


Also, Harry Blanchard (USA) was one of the other first Porsche dealers and he even was a factory 718 RSK driver for Porsche. Harry Blanchard ran a large car dealership in Greenwich, Connecticut, and used to race Porsche sports cars as a hobby. In 1959 he won the US production sports car championship with a Porsche 550A and, with the help of his mechanic Karl Kaihofer, had a second hand 718 RSK Spyder sports car converted into a single-seater race car. This car had no resemblance with the factory’s own single-seater designs and was a completely independent development.

Born: 13 June 1929, Burlington, USA





Not American race car drivers, but #33 Porsche....
1957 # 33 Porsche 550A RS S/N 0131 - Hermann / von Frankenberg at Le Mans
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 08:54 PM   #3
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another one....



Peter Gregg, USA e Sten Axelsson, S - Porsche System Engineering, D, #33 Porsche 906/6 Carrera 6, Flat 6 (1991cm3), Sport Class.
GŁnther Klass, D e Rolf Stommelen, D - Porsche System Engineering, D, #58 Porsche 906/6 Carrera 6, Flat 6 (1991cm≥), Sport Class.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 09:54 PM   #4
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What American driver raced Porsches (as far back as Speedsters in 1953-54) with the number 33? If you've got a link to a pic of the gentleman that would be great. Thanks!
Johnny Von Neumann imported early Porsches and raced in the 50s. At Torrey Pines in San Diego Nov.27 1954 he raced a Porsche 1500S with the number 33.

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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:12 PM   #5
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You might want to contact Michael T. Lynch automotive historian. You can Google him and find him on Wikipedia.
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 06:59 AM   #6
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Thanks Dede and George. The clues given to me so far are:
The driver is an American
He drove Porsches with the #33
He drove Speedsters in the early 50's with the number 33
He started out racing MG's
I'll be surprised when I find out who it is.
That's all I've gotten.

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:09 AM   #7
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Holbert started racing in 1953 in an MG, then switched to Porsches in 1957

U.S. Porsche pioneer Bob Holbert dies


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Robert McCormick Holbert, one of the United States' first Porsche dealers and a prominent Porsche race driver in the 1950s and '60s, died in his native Warrington, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 12.

Holbert was born in Warrington in 1923, and he opened a garage in the late '40s. The business moved to the more famous Holbert's Garage building across the street in 1951, when Holbert started a repair and parts business specializing in foreign and sports cars. In 1954, Holbert's Garage became one of the first authorized Porsche dealers in the country, and it continues today as one of the most well-known and oldest Porsche dealerships in America.

Holbert's love and knowledge of cars included a distinguished racing career, with awards ranging from the New York Times' "Best Sports Car Driver" for three separate years to top finishes in the 12 Hours of Sebring. He drove to a record six class victories at Sebring, including second overall in 1960. Holbert started racing in 1953 in an MG, then switched to Porsches in 1957 after seeing driver Jack McAfee pass seven drivers--all in cars with bigger engines--in a Porsche 550 Spyder at Cumberland Raceway. His subsequent racing activities in Porsche's RS-550 and RSK led to four SCCA national championships and a podium finish at Le Mans with Masten Gregory. Holbert also sold Roger Penske his first race car in 1958.

"Through his dealership and racing successes, Bob Holbert helped establish the Porsche brand in America," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. "He was a true American Porsche pioneer."

Holbert later became a Shelby Cobra team factory driver, winning the first United States Road Racing Championship title in 1963. He and frequent co-driver Dave McDonald won the GT class at Sebring in 1964. McDonald's death in a racing accident at Indianapolis several months later was a major factor in Holbert's decision to retire from racing later that year.
Holbert's son Al helped run the dealership and was the president of Porsche Motorsport North America. He had a strong racing career of his own, winning Sebring twice (1976 and '81), the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times and multiple IMSA titles before his career was cut short by a 1988 plane crash. Holbert's other son, Larry, has been the president and general manager of the family-owned dealership for the past 25 years.

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:38 AM   #8
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I would say you are on to something Dede all the clues match but one. I don't see the #33 on any of the cars he is pictured in.
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I would say you are on to something Dede all the clues match but one. I don't see the #33 on any of the cars he is pictured in.
I have looked too on all his cars (pictures). I don't see a #33, or you sure you have the right number?

Ok I have sent messages yesterday to my friends Lee Raskin, Lew Bracker and Susann Miller...all informative Porsche historians and writers or race car drivers themselves.
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I have looked too on all his cars (pictures). I don't see a #33, or you sure you have the right number?

Ok I have sent messages yesterday to my friends Lee Raskin, Lew Bracker and Susann Miller...all informative Porsche historians and writers or race car drivers themselves.
Thanks Dede, yes that is the number I was given. Did the driver's wear numbers separate from the cars? Could that be it?
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