Tim Schenken left Australia as national hillclimb champion at the age of 22 and returned 20 years later, having competed in F1, raced the Porsche 917/10 to victory at Zandvoort, Nürburgring and Hockenheim, and found himself detained in a Florida police station alongside Ronnie Peterson.
Now Clerk of the Course for the Australian Grand Prix (when it returns), Schenken focuses on his career with Porsche in the latest Motor Sport podcast from our Porsche’s winning formula series.
He describes his early sacrifices, including at a wet Spa where his tea couldn’t afford wet tyres; the “easy to drive” 917/10; and his endless disappointment at Le Mans.
There’s also time to reflect on the challenge of getting to F1 and that story from Daytona, 1972, where he and Peterson found themselves on the wrong side of the law, and without their passports, just hours before a race.
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