1980 Porsche 935 JLP-2 

1980 Porsche 935 JLP-2

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The second of the celebrated JLP Racing Porsche 935s
Presented in its 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans configuration
9th overall (2nd in class) at the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans
3rd overall at the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring
Four Daytona 24 Hours starts, including 4th overall in 1983
An incredible competition career of over 40 races between 1980-85
Restored 1994-1995 by ANDIAL; Restored again in 2015 by Crubilé Sport of France for classic endurance racing
Engine rebuild and return to Le Mans bodywork performed by Crubilé Sport in 2019
Le Mans Classic & Classic Endurance Racing 2016 & 2018 participant
A highly significant 935 eligible for historic races worldwide

Derived from the potent Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo, the Porsche 935 competition car enjoyed a long and immensely fruitful racing career in the hands of Porsche’s Works drivers and privateers worldwide. Of that latter group, few were as successful, and arguably none were more colorful, than the American father-and-son team of John Paul Senior and Junior.

Beginning with the 935 JLP-1 of 1978, the Pauls’ JLP Racing would construct a series of ever-more-radical 935-based racing machines, culminating in the ground-effect aerodynamics-equipped JLP-4. These cars would take the team to incredible heights, including wins at the 1982 Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours in JL-3. Successful in its own right, JLP-2 also represents an important development milestone between the team’s first 935 and the more extreme cars (which ultimately used few Porsche-supplied chassis and body components) still to come.

Following the 1979 racing season and the destruction of JLP-1, the team decided to build a new 935 from the ground up. Starting with a chassis, engine, and other components purchased from Porsche, the so-called JLP-2 was wrapped in Kremer K3 bodywork. The build incorporated everything the team had learned about the 935 so far; in addition to the proven performance-enhancing and weight-shaving efforts developed by Kremer, there was a particular focus on improving chassis rigidity, in part to help tame the car’s ferocious 3.2-liter forced-induction flat-six. Equipped with twin KKK turbochargers and a Kugelfischer fuel injection system and mated to a four-speed transaxle, this engine could produce well in excess of 740 horsepower, depending on the boost level.

As Paul Jr. told Car and Driver in November 2013,

“We really modified that car, especially stiffening the tub and sills. We’d later get into trouble with Porsche for stufflike that. I went right from Formula Fords into the JLP-2. I was using the same braking points at Road Atlanta as in my Ford, but I was going about twice as fast. That’s how good the brakes were.”

Lightweight, rigid, and wickedly powerful, JLP-2 enjoyed a successful debut season, with Paul Sr. and British driver Brian Redman notching a class win and a 3rd overall at the 1980 Silverstone 6 Hours; a 9th overall and 2nd in class at the Le Mans 24 Hours followed, with Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Guy Edwards taking stints at the wheel. Back on the other side of the Atlantic, JLP-2 remained a contender, earning 1st at the Road America 500 Miles with both Pauls sharing driving duty.

The next year, JLP-2 was partially supplanted by the newly constructed JLP-3, and hence saw comparatively limited use in 1981. For the 1982 IMSA Championship season, it was sold to American racer M.L. Speer. That year Speer, along with Terry Wolters and Charles Mendez, achieved 3rd at the Sebring 12 Hours, among other strong results. The car was campaigned through the 1985 season, after which it was retired.

Speer sold the car to American collector Dick Silva in 1988, and from 1994-1995 it was restored by noted California Porsche tuning and race shop ANDIAL. Acquired out of the collection of Steve Goldin by a French historic racing enthusiast in 2015, JLP-2 was again restored with an eye toward vintage competition by Paris-area Porsche motorsports specialist Crubilé Sport. At that time, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt, and the fuel injection system, brakes, and chassis were restored. The engine was rebuilt again in 2019 by Crubilé Sport, who also restored the bodywork back its 1980 Le Mans specification.

Supplied with FFSA (French Federation of Automobile Sport) passport number 77290, it has participated in historic racing events, including the Le Mans Classic in 2016 and 2018, as well as the 2017 and 2019 Dix Mille Tours du Castellet.

Today, this significant Porsche 935 is presented in its 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans livery, including the striking light blue and yellow JLP Racing color scheme. Built for and raced by an unforgettable father-son duo, JLP-2 is a noteworthy part of motorsports history with a record of success on some of endurance racing’s greatest circuits. Moreover, the legendary performance characteristics of the 935, along with the enhancements incorporated into this chassis for John Paul Sr. and Jr., make JLP-2 a particularly appealing prospect for top-level vintage racing events worldwide.


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DATE EVENT NUMBER DRIVERS RESULT

1980        

13.4.1980 Road Atlanta 100 Miles 18 John Paul 6th

11.5.1980 Silverstone 6 Hours 18 John Paul/Brian Redman 3rd

25.5.1980 Nürburgring 1000 KM 12 John Redman/Preston Henn/John Paul DNF

15.6.1980 24 Hours of Le Mans 73 John Paul/Guy Edwards/John Paul, Jr. 9th

5.7.1980 Watkins Glen 6 Hours 73 John Paul, Jr./John Paul/Preston Henn 14th

27.7.1980 Sears Point 100 Miles 18 John Paul 5th

3.8.1980 Portland 100 Miles 18 John Paul 4th

17.8.1980 Mosport 6 Hours 18 John Paul, Jr./John Paul 2nd

31.8.1980 Road America 500 Miles 18 John Paul, Jr./John Paul 1st

21.9.1980 Road Atlanta 50 Miles, Heat 1 18 John Paul 3rd

21.9.1980 Road Atlanta 50 Miles, Heat 2 18 John Paul 3rd

30.11.1980 Daytona Finale 250 Miles 18 John Paul/John Paul, Jr. 2nd

1981        

1.2.1981 Daytona 24 Hours 18 John Paul/John Paul, Jr. 60th - DNF

26.4.1981 Riverside 6 Hours 18 Carlos Moran/Karen Erstad 10th

30.8.1981 Mid-Ohio 500 KM 18 Ray Ratcliff/M.L. Speer 9th

29.11.1981 Daytona Finale 250 Miles 8 Josele Garza 6th

1982        

31.1.1928 Daytona 24 Hours 8 John Paul DNS

20.3.1982 Sebring 12 Hours 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters/Charles Mendez 3rd

25.4.1982 Riverside 6 Hours 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 3rd

16.5.1982 Charlotte 500 KM 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 5th

3.7.1982 Daytona 250 Miles Paul Revere 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 2nd

15.8.1982 6 Hours of Mosport 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 5th

22.8.1982 Road America 500 Miles 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 8th

5.9.1982 Mid-Ohio 6 Hours 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 7th

12.9.1982 Road Atlanta 500 KM 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 4th

26.9.1982 Pocono 500 Miles 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 11th

28.11.1982 Daytona Finale 3 Hours 8 M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters 9th

1983        

6.2.1983 Daytona 24 Hours 24 M.L. Speer/Ken Madren/Ray Ratcliff 4th

19.3.1983 Sebring 12 Hours 24 M.L. Speer/Ken Madren/Ray Ratcliff 44th - DNF

10.4.1983 Road Atlanta 500 KM 24 M.L. Speer/Ken Madren 25th

24.4.1983 Riverside 6 Hours 24 M.L. Speer/Ken Madren 49th - DNF

15.5.1983 Charlotte 500 KM 24 M.L. Speer/Ken Madren 4th

19.6.1983 Mid-Ohio 6 Hours 24 Ken Madren/M.L. Speer 9th

3.7.1983 Daytona 250 Miles Paul Revere 24 M.L. Speer/Wayne Pickering 5th

14.8.1983 Mosport 6 Hours 24 M.L. Speer/Wayne Pickering/Ken Madren 9th

21.8.1983 Road America 500 Miles 24 Ken Madren 48th - DNF

11.9.1983 Pocono 500 Miles 24 Speer / Pickering DNQ

1984        

5.2.1984 Daytona 24 Hours 24 Bobby Hefner/Jack Griffin/Hugo Gralia 19th

26.2.1984 Miami 3 Hours 24 Juan Manuel Fangio II/Hugo Gralia 12th

24.3.1984 Sebring 12 Hours 24 M.L. Speer/Jack Griffin 50th - DNF

29.4.1984 Riverside 6 Hours 24 Jack Griffin/Allen/Schwarz 12th

26.8.1984 Road America 500 Miles 24 M.L. Speer/Jack Griffin 38th

1985        

3.2.1985 Daytona 24 Hours 20 Freddy Baker/Don Herman/Richard Maher 66th - DNF

23.3.1985 Sebring 12 Hours 20 Richard Silver/Don Herman/Freddy Baker 23rd

9.6.1985 Mid-Ohio 500 KM 0 Richard Silver/Don Herman 15th

6.10.1985 Columbus 500 KM 0 Richard Silver/Joe Varde 17th

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