1:8 #70 1979 Porsche 935 – Dick Barbour Racing’s Hawaiian Tropic – Class Winner at Le Mans 1979
Motorsport Memorabilia are delighted to announce that we are now accepting pre-orders for this fantastic 1:8 scale Porsche 935 by Real Art Replicas – P.O.A. This model is strictly limited to 50 pieces and each model is signed by Dick Barbour.
Chassis number 009 0030 was delivered to Dick Barbour Racing in early 1979 as replacement for his 935 that was damaged at the end of the 1978 season. Barbour would debut his newly prepared Hawaiian Tropic 935 at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans to much fanfare due to his ingenious marketing efforts with Hawaiian Tropic and his all star driving team comprised of himself, Rolf Stommelen and of course Paul Newman.
Newman already had a fairly impressive racing resume under his belt, but this was his first trip to Le Mans. He probably never imagined that he would be standing on the podium at the end of his first ever Le Mans, but that is exactly what happened. Thanks to a series of circumstances that saw prototype cars either crash or break or just prove unreliable, Barbour and Stommelen and Newman power their Hawaiian Tropic Porsche 935 to a class victory! It was like something out of a movie script. Newman had conquered Le Mans in his first attempt!