This is what it’s like to take a classic car to the race track

PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS: Tom Horna

Well… in this instance not any classic car but a full blown hot-rod 1974 Porsche 911 RSR tribute. Powered by a 3.5ltr forged ITB engine able to produce 350bhp of power and boxed in seam-welded caged body weighing around 1000kgs, it was definitely the right classic car to take on the Silverstone circuit.

The RSR belongs to a friend of mine Frank which we previously featured on #DriveClassics so it’s very likely the car (and Fank) is known to you. This time we met at Silverstone Circuit for a Track day and thought we can share our thrilling experience with you all.

BLACK BETTY AND CO x SILVERSTONE (2 of 94)

We’ve got some tips for those of you that would like to take their car to a track day. First thing first – you need to book your space on a track of your choice and there’s a vast number of websites to do it on so you are spoilt for choice. Frank’s choice was bookatrack.com and a few clicks later his space was reserved.

BLACK BETTY AND CO x SILVERSTONE (7 of 94)

Things to consider when taking your car to the track are most importantly healthy condition tyres (always check tyre pressure), driving shoes, helmet and perhaps uprated fuel but you also need to be prepared to check the noise levels especially if your car is loud.

 

 

Most racing circuits are limited to a certain noise level and so was Silverstone with the limit of 104dB whilst Frank’s RSR was producing 108-109 dBs which resulted in the need of adding special muffler extensions.

 

Make sure that you get familiar with the track. Don’t go full blast on your first lap as it may end up badly. Take your time and check your car over at every pit stop. Then, when you know the track well enough… go out and yeah! Push it harder and harder every lap… That’s what you’re there for – right?

BLACK BETTY AND CO x SILVERSTONE (42 of 94)

 

 

As Frank got more and more confident with the track, it was time we asked the marshals if we can actually test the car’s noise at a full whistle to check if we actually went over the noise limit. They kindly said yes – this was likely the fastest few laps for Frank but unfortunately the car was too loud and we needed to revert the car to extra mufflers setup which naturally makes the car quieter but at a cost of some power loss.

 

All in all, it was a great day and we had lots of fun shredding the tyres. Follow Frank on his Instagram account @BlackBettyAndCo to see more of his Porsche adventures.

 

Here’s a little cabin video for you.

 

Tom Horna