Group therapy: the 79th Goodwood Members’ Meeting
Celebrating 40 years of the Porsche 956 with a record-breaking rollout of works and privateer prototypes. by Astrid Böttinger, Spokesperson Heritage and Porsche Museum
In the early 1980s the world witnessed a revolution in sports car racing. The arrival of Group C ushered in an era where fuel efficiency was paramount and the aerodynamic advances of ground effect would revise the accepted norms of design and performance forevermore. At the vanguard of this brave new world was Porsche, which produced a world beater in the 956.
Fast forward 40 years and the legacy of Porsche’s Group C prototype remains unrivalled. At Goodwood Motor Circuit, on the south coast of England, some 21 examples spanning a scarcely credible 12 years of international competition assembled at the weekend, underlining the scale and scope of this car’s extraordinary dominance as both a factory and customer racer.