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CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

For two decades in the ’60s and ’70s Porsche ruled the European Hillclimb Championship: we emulate Wolfgang von Trips’ 1958 title victory in his 718 RS Spyder, blasting the latest 718 Cayman up the Gaisberg Hillclimb. It’s 1958, and Wolfgang von Trips has clinched the European Hillclimb Championship title for Porsche, having stormed the 718 RSK up the 5-mile Gaisberg mountain road to win the Grosser Bergpreis von Österreich. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, the Hillclimb Championship was a significant series on the international motorsport calendar, and ranked highly on Porsche’s aspirational must-win list. In this, it succeeded for an incredible 22 years running, from 1958 to 1980. So, what bette

WHEN THE GOING GETS RUF

…the Ruf get tough – and it doesn’t come much tougher than a trackday at Hockenheim – at least as far as high-speed cornering’s concerned. That series of sweepers into the start-finish zone is awesome. At least once a year the Ruf family clubs together for a rally in a blissful scenic location, which often incorporates a trackday session on a race circuit. Numbers vary, and Ruf owners at this year’s gathering number a dozen cars, plus a few regular Porsches of the GT3 persuasion, as well as our road-trip Cayman. We’re greeted at the trackside Hockenheim-Ring hotel by Alois’s PA Claudia who’s arranged a presentation and dinner for the Ruf-owning (and aspirant owner) attendees. Alois and Eston
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