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It's Rofgo-Go-Go!
Posted by: newsla on Jun 27, 2014 - 06:21 AM
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It's Rofgo-Go-Go!


It’s a busy week for the ROFGO Collection as Roald Goethe (DE) and Stuart Hall (GB) head to Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend (27-29 June) and Le Mans Classic next (5/6 July) with cars including the fan-favourite Porsche 917 and, the newest car in the collection, the Lola T70.

 

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At this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Stuart will drive the 4.5-litre flat-12 Gulf-liveried Porsche 917 that was raced in 1970 and 1971 by the Gulf-Porsche works team, taking second place overall at Le Mans in the latter season.

“The Porsche 917 is a real favourite with fans,” comments Roald, owner of the ROFGO Collection. “And, you can see why. It not only looks beautiful but it helped to define a new era in sportscar racing in the early 1970s. It’s great fun to drive up the hill but it’s almost as fun to see how excited people get by this car as it is parked up in the paddock.”

The Porsche 917 will run up the hill twice daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be on display in the F1 Paddock in between runs.

In addition, Stuart will also drive a car from outside of the collection, the 1984 British Touring Car Championship-winning Rover Vitesse, as driven by Andy Rouse (GB).

“Obviously, the car is pretty legendary because it won the BTCC in one of the championship’s wonder-years,” comments Stuart. “It is also special to me because not only did my dad, Peter Hall, sponsor the car in 1984 but, two years later, he drove it and came third in class. It’s a real honour to get behind the wheel of it at such a fantastic event as the Festival of Speed.”

After leaving the Festival of Speed on Sunday night, Roald and Stuart will prepare to head down to the Le Mans Classic, which takes place next weekend (4-6 July).

The pair, who raced together in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, will take with them the Mirage GR7 that finished fourth in the 24-hour race in 1974 and, the newest addition to the collection, the Lola T70 as driven by Ronnie Peterson in 1969.

“Obviously, it’s great to be returning to Le Mans with Roald,” said Stuart, who won the World Endurance Championship (WEC) GTE Am Drivers Championship last year. “We had a fantastic season in the WEC last year and the 24-hour race played a big part in that.

“There is something extra special about the Le Mans Classic, though. For Le Mans fans, you really don’t know where to look. Everywhere you turn there are iconic cars that have shaped sportscar racing around the world because of their success here. It’s a real honour to be part of it and I’m proud to be representing the ROFGO Collection.”

The ROFGO Collection is a selection of Gulf-livered racing cars, which are and maintained by a specialist team and, once prepared, they are run at historic racing events around the world.

“This is the first time we will race the Lola T70,” commented Roald. “I really believe in showing and racing the cars in the collection, they should be enjoyed by us in the team and by fans and spectators. We take great pride in restoring a running our cars to the highest standards so they can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Also on display at the Le Mans Classic will be Mercedes-Benz Gulf JWA (John Wyer Automotive) race transporter that was used to transport the Porsche 917 back in the early 1970s.

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