This is my LEGO Speed Champions style 1985 Porsche 962 in the famous Lowenbrau colors as driven by Al Holbert and Derek Bell. This is my favorite IMSA prototype from the 1980's.
About this creation
This is my version 2.0 version of the car. LEGO finally produced the fenders (mudguards) in dark blue so I could rebuild it in a more accurate color. I had to order the fenders from Singapore, though, as they are still really rare in the USA. The real car is pretty simple in shape, so I decided to challenge myself with brick build the numbers for the car.
I built both sides first, with the side being studs towards the front of the car. That made them non symmetrical from a building standpoint, but I managed to get them at the same point on each side of the car. The size of the numbers set the size of the car at 8 studs wide.
I bought 4 of the very rare gold wheels that as of April 2017 occur only in 1 LEGO architectural set. I found a seller on Bricklink that had four of them.
The design of the sides resulted in the lowest LEGO car I have ever built that rolls freely.
Al Holbert and Derek Bell were both top notch sports car drivers back in the day. Tragically Al was killed in a small aircraft crash while in charge of Porsche Motorsports in the USA and in charge of developing the Porsche Indycar.
When I was in high school, I saved my money and bought a lithograph print of this race car winning at Mid Ohio in 1985. I still have that print in my office to this very day.
When I was starting my freshman year at Lehigh University, there was another engineering freshman on my hall that was named Todd Holbert. He was attending Lehigh for mechanical engineering on the recommendation of Rodger Penske. He had mentioned that his family had car dealerships in PA and he had grown up around many Porsche's. One day I was wearing an old racing T-shirt from the 1980's with the number 14 car on it on my way to the gym. Todd stopped me in the hall and said "nice shirt, you were a fan of my dad?" My jaw hit the floor and I felt really stupid because I had not made the connection. Todd was Al Holbert's son.
I decided to go with the endurance front nose with the exposed headlights to break up all the white on the front end.
If you scroll to the bottom, there are pictures of the real car.