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Fly Porsche 908/2 Targa Florio 1969
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Fly E2025 Porsche 908/2 #270 Targa Florio 1969 - Vic Elford and Umberto Maglioli
Fly E2026 Porsche 908/2 #272 Targa Florio 1969 - Willi Kauhsen and Karl Von Wendt
Fly E2027 Fly Porsche 908/2 #274 Targa Florio 1969 - Rolf Stommelen and Hans Herrmann

Fly have given us three new liveries on their Porsche 908/2 Spyder - three of the six works Porsche cars that dominated the 53rd Targa Florio in 1969.

   

It was a bit of a walkover for Porsche - Ferrari didn't bother to turn up, Alfa Romeo had entered just one car in the Prototype class and the Lola T70 of Bonnier and Muller looked an outsider - especially after ignition problems delayed their start. Race day on the rugged Sicilian roads was all about which Porsche would win.

   

The #270 car, in the hands of Vic Elford, led at the end of the first 44.7 mile lap on time and on the road. The previous day, Elford had beaten the lap record in practice - and it looked like he and Umberto Maglioli would repeat their 1968 victory. However, the Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie, with its rough public roads, 709 corners and a couple of mountains was like no other on the calendar.

   

All the Porsches were strengthened and fitted with softer camshafts and raised suspension. Their Dunlop tyres were also specially prepared for conditions on the Targa, featuring thicker sidewalls. The #274 Porsche of Stommelen was lying third after the first lap, but was promoted to second when Elford had to pit with a broken alternator belt. This stop would cost Elford and Maglioli over six minutes, dropping them down the field. Elford's frustration caused front-end damage from a collision with Galli's Alfa - however, he was briefly back up to third after the front-runners had pitted for a driver change and before he handed over to Magioli.

   

At half distance - 5 laps - the Mitter/Schutz #266 Porsche (which Fly released in 2011) led the way, the #268 Porsche of Redmond and Attwood was second, the Stommelen/Herrman car third and Magioli had the #270 Porsche in fourth - not much than 5 minutes behind the leader. The third car of our Fly trio - the #272 of Willi Kauhsen and Karl Von Wendt - was a solid sixth.

A long pit stop for Herrman to fix a steering problem, plus a stop for Redmond, lifted Maglioli to second - a little closer to the lead #266 Porsche. Retirement for the Attwood car left our trio of Fly 908/2 Spyders in second, third and fourth - and that's how it would stay to the end. However, with Elford back in the #270 - and driving like a man possessed - the gap to the lead was reduced down to 2 minutes and forty seconds at the chequered flag. In the process, Elford had set a new lap record of 35 minutes, 27.5 seconds - beating his previous 1968 record by nearly 35 seconds.

Here's part of a film made for Porsche during the 1969 race - sadly without sound...




The three new Fly Porsches are limited editions - 300 units each worldwide - and are packaged with a commemorative Targa Florio display card...

   

All three cars are available now from Pendle Slot Racing, MRE and all your favourite Fly retailers. RRP is £54.95 each.

Thanks to Pendles for the photos of the individual cars.
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