Jacksonville, FL - Since 1958 Porsches have won 40 international hillclimb championships with modified road cars and purpose built racers. Yet one of Zuffenhausen’s most successful was never meant to compete on the mountain roads.
Porsche’s world conquering 935 turbo was not created to be a hill climber or to compete or even run on anything other than the smooth pampered circuits of Europe or the purpose built speedways and “rovals” of North America. That changes this weekend at the 98th Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
Porsche enthusiast and loyalist Jeff Zwart has set records scoring eight victories (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015) in the legendary Pikes Peak Hillclimb, each one powered by Porsche. In 2020 Zwart chose the new 935-19, the tribute version of the Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring winner for his annual assault of the 156 turn, 12.42 mile course with no guardrails and huge drop-offs. It’s a climb of 14,115 feet to the finish line in the unforgiving “race to the clouds.”