Book Review: "Porsche 959"
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Published on Fri, Jun 9, 2017
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
***LA Car Exclusive: An interview with 959 Owner and 1985 Indy 500 Winner Danny Sullivan. When the time came to review this book, our Editor and resident connected guy Doug Stokes brought to my attention that he knew of a very special 959 owner – none other than legendary racer Danny Sullivan. As a child of the 80’s, I literally jumped at the chance to interview Danny and ask him about his experiences with the 959.
LACar: What year did you get a 959 and why did you choose a 959, of all the cars you could buy at the time? Sullivan: I got my 959 (serial #196, I think) in June of 1988. I went over to Stuttgart on the Monday after Le Mans. I was driving for TWR in a Jag, the team won, but our car had a problem. LACar: You're a legendary racer and the 959 is a legendary supercar, that still is amazing by even today's standards. How would you compare the experience of driving the 959 vs. some of the race cars you've piloted? Sullivan: As most know, it’s very hard to ever compare a road car, no matter how good it is, to a race car. The 959 was very special in the day, turbos, all-wheel drive, looks, Porsche Engineering, style, and easy to drive. I remember staying with Peter Schutz at his home in Germany, he was the CEO at the time, and he gave me his car to drive. Snow, slush, Autobahn, back roads, McDonald's drive-throughs, it handled anything and everything exceptionally well. I unfortunately sold my 959 quite early on, but only because it was ruled at the time that there was NO WAY we were allowed to bring them into the States and register them for the street. Sad, I might still have the car today. I have driven one of Bruce Canepa's updated versions recently, and it was as exciting as ever. I know the reports on all the system problems and cost associated with that, but they still have the look, and I would own one again if the right opportunity comes along. LACar: You've had some seat time in modern Porsches, how would you compare the 959 against the latest offerings from the company? Sullivan: The new Porsches that I’ve had the pleasure to drive (on the road and on the track at Fontana), are such a great progression of what they’ve been doing since the 50's. And my 959 was just one very important chapter in that history. Currently in my Porsche stable I have a '59A Coupe, a '73 Tuthill Rally 911, a '92 964 Carrera RS, and a Turbo Diesel Cayenne. Editor’s Note: The boyhood dream list is getting checked off year by year. Interview Danny Sullivan – Check! Now if I can only score an interview with K.I.T.T. - Glenn Oyoung, Editor-at-Large