Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick Coffee Mug
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- Available in 11oz and 15oz options
- Premium ceramic construction
- Wraparound artwork
- Large handles for easy gripping
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
About this artwork
This illustration honors the amazing Porsche 935/78 Le Mans racer known as "Moby Dick" and the Facebook Group - Porsche 935 The Legend. It was created with Photoshop CS5.
"In 1978, the Constructors World Championship was reserved for Group 5 cars only, heavily modified road going sportscars called "silhouettes." Porsche had dominated the class for two years already with the 935, the racing version of the 911. The Stuttgart marque pushed the concept even further with the 935/78, powered by a 3.2 litre turbo engine. Its diving front nose is profiled down and the rear is stretched almost to the point of remind onlookers of a 917 LH (Langheck, or longtail) from the early 1970s. During the first practice sessions, with the car's imposing looks and immaculate livery, the nickname "Moby Dick" begins to stick, from the Herman Melville novel by the same name. As preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass take the car to victory at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. At Le Mans, the car is driven by Rolf Stommelen and Manfred Schurti, two German expert drivers of the 935, finishing eighth after various technical issues.
At these two circuits favouring quickness, the 935/78 impresses. At Silverstone, the pole position and fastest race lap from Mass-Ickx are only about four seconds off the pace from the McLaren-Ford M26 of James Hunt, winner at the British GP at the same track the previous year! At Le Mans, "Moby Dick" had the fastest top speed on the Mulsanne Straight (before the chicanes) at 366 kph and qualified third on the grid, mixed with the Renault-Alpine and Porsche 936 prototypes battling for the overall win. All this made the 935/78 one of the most fascinating Porsches ever seen at La Sarthe.
The 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which wil see the return of Porsche to the prototype class, will be held June 14 and 15, 2014."