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#7284 Porsche 718/2 Formula Two Racing Car (1960) Louwman Museum

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Porsche 718/2 Racing Car (1960) as used in the Formula Two at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

This Porsche painted in orange, the Dutch national racing livery, belonged to Dutch nobleman Carel Godin de Beaufort. He funded his love of motor sports himself and participated purely for pleasure, making him one of the last 'gentleman racers' in Formula One (F1). In daily life he was a hotelier and lived in one of the towers of Maarsbergen Castle. Aiming to participate in Formula One, Carel Godin de Beaufort bought two dated Porsches in 1961, which had been successful in Formula Two (F2) races. The cars were type 718/2s, fitted with Porsche Spyder RSK, 1.5-litre Carrera engines. In 1961 the regulations had been amended and cars with 1.5-litre engines such as these became eligible for Formula One. Carel Godin de Beaufort participated in some fifty races with the Porsches, and was able to score several points in the World Championships of 1962 and 1963. His plan was to replace the cars with a Brabham Formula One racer, but this was not to be: during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in 1964, Carel Godin de Beaufort crashed his Porsche and died from his injuries the next day. He was only 30 years old.

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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