Porsche congratulates motor racing legend Richard Attwood on his 80th birthday


 

Stuttgart, 2nd April, 2020

Richard Attwood, one of the most successful works racing drivers of Porsche AG, celebrates his 80th birthday on 4 April 2020. 50 years ago, the British racing driver Attwood achieved the first overall victory for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans together with Hans Herrmann.

Attwood developed a passion for motorsports at an early age – inspired by the car dealership run by his parents. After racing in formula sport with Triumph and BRM, he first came into contact with the Porsche brand in 1967. Together with William Bradley, he finished second in Zeltweg driving a private Porsche 906 Carrera 6. Porsche engaged Attwood for the World Sportscar Championship two years later in 1969, and from then on he was retained under contract as a works driver. He raced in the World Championship for Makes in a Porsche 908/02, and came second in both Brands Hatch and Watkins Glen together with Vic Elford. In the season finale in Zeltweg, he finished third with Brian Redman in the 917. Together with Hans Herrmann, he took part in the Nürburgring 1,000 km driving a Porsche 908/03 in 1970 – finishing in 2nd place.



The first overall victory in the most important endurance race in the world is considered to be one of the greatest racing successes of the sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen. On 14 June 1970, Porsche achieved the first of a total of 19 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After exactly 4,607.811 kilometres or 343 laps, Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann crossed the finishing line first in the legendary Porsche 917 KH from Porsche Salzburg with the start number 23. “Unlike what many people may think, I never did any testing in the 917. I drove a 917 for the first time in a qualifying race in 1969,” says Attwood looking back. “In 1970 I did not believe for a minute that we had even the slightest hope of winning.”

In 1971, he achieved another first place in the 1,000 kilometre race at the Österreichring. Richard Attwood retired from active motor racing at the end of the season at the age of just 31. His last podium finish was in 1971 together with Derek Bell in the 917 KH at the season finale of the World Sportscar Championship in Watkins Glen (3rd place). However, the now 80 year-old was not quite ready to fully enjoy his retirement. In 1984, he finished 15th in Daytona in a Porsche 928. Today, Attwood still accompanies the Porsche Museum to its driving events at renowned classic car meets all over the world. Among other things, he can be seen at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, the Sound Night as well as at various historic motorsports events.

Richard Attwood’s most important Porsche racing successes



1967/aug/20

2nd OA
1st S2.0

500 km Zeltweg

Porsche 906 Carrera 6

144

William Bradley (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)    

# 17

1968/jul/14

dnf wheel bearing P3.0

6h Watkins Glen

Porsche 908

005

Scooter Patrick (USA) /
Richard Attwood (GB) /
Joe Buzzetta (USA)  

#3

1969/Feb/02

dnf engine laps 273 P3.0

24h Daytona

Porsche 908

026

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Joe Buzzetta (USA)

#51

1969/Feb/02

24th OA dnf camshaft laps 473 P3.0

24h Daytona

Porsche 908

024

Udo Schütz (D) /
Gerhard Mitter (D) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#53

1969/mar/22

7th OA
5th P3.0

12h Sebring

Porsche 908/02 K

004

Vic Elford (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#30

1969/apr/13

2nd OA
2nd P3.0

6h Brands Hatch

Porsche 908/02 K

010

Vic Elford (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#55

1969/apr/25

16th OA dnf accident laps 75 P3.0

1000km Monza

Porsche 908 LH

028

Vic Elford (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#6

1969/may/04

33rd dnf  drive shaft laps 7 P3.0

Targa Florio

Porsche 908/02 K

012

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Brian Redman (GB)

#268

1969/may/11

4th OA
4th P3.0

1000 km Spa

Porsche 908 LH

028

Hans Herrmann (D) /
Rolf Stommelen (D) /  
Richard Attwood (GB) dnd

#11

1969/jun/01

4th OA
4th P3.0

1000 km Nürburgring

Porsche 908/02 K

001

Rudi Lins (A) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#6

1969/jun/15

dnf gearbox laps 327 P5.0

24h Le Mans

Porsche 917 LH

008

Vic Elford (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#12

1969/jul/12

2nd OA
2nd P3.0

6h Watkins Glen

Porsche 908/02 K

015

Vic Elford (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#4

1969/aug/10

3rd OA
3rd S5.0

1000 km Zeltweg Österreichring

Porsche 917

010

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Brian Redman (GB)

#30

1969/nov/08

1st OA
1st Class J

9h Kyalami

Porsche 917 K

010

David Piper (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#9

1970/mar/21

dsq push start laps 31 P3.0

12h Sebring

Porsche 908/02 K

005 

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Gérard Larrousse (F) /
Gerhard Koch (D)

#45

1970/mar/21

7th OA
5th P3.0

12h Sebring

Porsche 908/02 K

009/019 

Gerhard Koch (D) /
Gérard Larrousse (F) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#46

1970/apr/12

3rd OA
3rd S5.0

1000 km Brands Hatch

Porsche 917 KH

020

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Hans Herrmann (D)

#12

1970/apr/25

dnf engine laps 63 S5.0

1000km Monza

Porsche 917 KH

020

Hans Herrmann (D) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#9

1970/may/03

5th OA
4th P3.0

Targa Florio

Porsche 908/03

011

Björn Waldegaard (S) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#36

1970/may/17

6th OA
6th S5.0

1000 km Spa

Porsche 917 K

020

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Hans Herrmann (D)

#29

1970/may/31

2nd OA
2nd P3.0

1000 km Nürburgring

Porsche 908/03

003

Hans Herrmann (D) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#15

1970/jun/14

1st OA
1st S5.0

24h Le Mans

Porsche 917

023

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Hans Herrmann (D)

#23

1970/jul/11

6th OA
6th S5.0

6h Watkins Glen

Porsche 917 KH

020

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Kurt Ahrens, Jr.
(D)

#32

1970/jul/12

3rd OA
2nd S5.0

CanAm Watkins Glen

Porsche 917 KH

020

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Kurt Ahrens, Jr.
(D)

#32

1970/oct/11

4th OA
2nd S5.0

1000 km Zeltweg Österreichring

Porsche 917 KH

023

Vic Elford (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#21

1970/nov/07

dnf brakes Class E

9h Kyalami

Porsche 917 KH

010

John Love (RSR) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971/jun/23

2nd OA S5.0

24h Le Mans

Porsche 917 KH

031/026

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Herbert Müller (CH) /
Brian Redman (GB)

#19

1971/jun/27

1st OA
1st S5.0

1000 km Zeltweg Österreichring

Porsche 917 KH

034/013

Pedro Rodriguez (MEX) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#16

1971/jul/24

3rd OA  

6h Watkins Glen

Porsche 917 KH

025/15

Derek Bell (GB) /
Richard Attwood (GB)

#2

1971/jul/25

13th OA S.50

CanAm Watkins Glen

Porsche 917 KH

016

Richard Attwood (GB)

#91  

1971/nov/11

dnf engine Class E

9h Kyalami

Porsche 917 KH

010

Richard Attwood (GB) /
Dave Charlton (ZA)

#3