Days of Thunder

This man only thinks of three digits when it comes to Porsche: 911. And the rumbling of his rally-ready 200 HP model. Off to the Berchtesgaden Alps.

Text: Maximilian Eder Photo: Porsche 12.04.2019 2 min

Manfred Huber really accelerates again. The six-cylinder boxer engine of its 911 T breaks through the silence of the Alps. The striking rawr stretches the curves from the valley up the mountain to the plateau of the Roßfeldpanoramastrasse. At the Regerkurve (Reger Curve) named after the German rally driver follows a grip to the gear lever. He lets the 911 drift slickly through the sharp bend. Without support. Without automatic.

Ferry Porsche once said that he couldn't find the car he was looking for and built it himself. A clear announcement for Huber. Its only 900 kilogram heavy, poison green 911 T is a dream car. Modified from the ground up for his needs: roaring like the paintwork. The raw interior and roll cage transmit the metallic screech of the boxer engine relatively unfiltered into the interior.

In a cowshed somewhere on the edge of the Alps, he started to work on 911s. First an F-model, year of construction 1972, in blood orange. Oil filler neck in the middle of the hood. The next one was the 911 T, with which the Bavarian really wanted to make a big splash. Reduction to the essentials: no glove compartment, no radio or heating. It should be as light and sporty as possible. Of course without automatic transmission and only air-cooled. So definitely no car for "Preißn", as the seasoned Bavarian would say.

He wants "to feel every single stone on the road in the steering wheel." Says Huber. The fact that he was born without legs didn't stop him. He has developed a special lever for the pedals that makes the vehicle dance by hand. Under rally legend Walter Röhrl he finally learned how to drift. A silent greeting from the rally world champion is still emblazoned on the tank cap today.