I'm always on the lookout for a true hill climb car and at the top of my list was the 1968 Porsche 909 Bergspyder.
In the sixties the European Hill Climb Championship meant something and Porsche was committed to winning the title although it had often done so with modified endurance racers such as the 910. Also of interest is that this is an FIA Group 7 car (just like a 7.0L CanAm McLaren), but the championship had one major limitation - a maximum engine displacement of 2L.
Having heard that Ferrari were about to enter a class-specific design, Porsche decided to it had to do the same and the 909 was the result. This car's corporate champion and Dr. Porsche's grandson, Ferdinand Piech, felt that saving weight was the trick to offsetting the 2L limitation, and his engineers went to many extremes in order to do so. For example the car had no fuel pump. Instead a pressurized sphere-shaped tank injected fuel into the engine.
This was my most challenging build as it wasn't a complete kit. The body is from Germany, the excellent chassis from Protoslot, the decals from Milan, the tiny wheels and tires from RS Slot Racing and the cockpit from a Fly 908/3. As well I had to mould the windscreen and fabricate the dash, oil cooler, roll bar and rear wings. All very rewarding and the combination has made a great running car!
Finally thanks to everyone who helped in finding the body (Tomato007), sorting out the noise and vibrations (RichD), donating the ferrules (ChrisW) and a whole lot of others for great advice.
Thanks for rejuvenating this thread, Matthew. I've always liked the 909. Recall standing next to one in the Porsche Museum years ago, and thinking that it wasn't much taller than an average inflatable camping mattress.
Not as successful as Ferrari's 212E in 1969, but still a worthy contender in the 2-litre class. More important, however, is that the 909 served as a template for the hugely successful 3-litre 908/3 of 1970.
Quite right, Matthew. Fly didn't make a 909. If I recall correctly Porsche only made two examples, so I very much doubt if RTR slot manufacturers will ever find a big enough market to justify the cost of tooling.
Apart from historic events like Rossfeld, the European Mountainclimbing scene died years ago. Yes, there are modern hillclimb events, but none I know of that attract entries from factory teams.
It occurs to me to inaugurate a thread devoted to Mountainclimbing, because it was so important in Europe years ago, but fear it would quickly fall flat. It's a highly specialised branch of motor sport, and you probably have to be at least 60 to remember any of it.
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