Among some of the most hardcore late-model time attack machinery in Australia, Nulon Racing brought out a trio of Ron Goodman’s infamous outlaw-spec vintage Porsches. While some expect precious old racing cars to be treated with kid gloves, Ron isn’t mucking around on his exhibition laps.
“I drive them properly, as they were designed to be back in the 1960s,” he laughs. “They were driven hard in ’66, and so I think they should still be driven hard today.”
These hand-built Porsche race cars have a storied history with Goodman’s 356 having been raced extensively overseas, including a highly successful trip to the exotic Monterey Historics where he cleaned up on the track and in the show judging. Despite the humble VW underpinnings, these aren’t easy cars to punt hard.
“You have to battle the 356, and you need to carry speed through the corner. That isn’t typically how you’re meant to drive a race car but I have to tip it in a bit to get it into corners, and it is always moving around. The 906 is scary, though!”
His 906 is a recreation of Porsche’s super-lightweight Group 4 sports racing coupe from 1966, as Ron explains. “I couldn’t buy a 906 so I spent 15 years buying all the parts to build one here in Australia,” he offers. “I had a damaged 906 spaceframe and built it up. I don’t know how guys did the 24-hour races in them back in the 1960s, they have candles for headlights!”
Goodman’s first time at the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge has been a good one, and he’s keen to come back on Saturday and turn it on for the crowd.
“The cars here are next level and the concept for this whole event is amazing. If I was 20 years younger, I’d build something to join in!”
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APRIL 1 & 2, 2022 | Sydney Motorsport Park