The National Automobile Museum celebrates International Sports Car Racing Day on March 21. Visitors can learn about the impact of sports cars on automotive history and see the 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” coupe currently on display.
Visitors can view the 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” coupe along with more than 200 automobiles and artifacts, including other memorable sports cars throughout the nationally recognized museum.
Manfred Schurti of Liechtenstein won the Group 5 Constructors’ Championship in 1977 with the Porsche 935 race car. GT, finishing third overall.
Randolph Townsend, a senator from Nevada from 1982 to 2010, bought the car in 1979. Andial Racing of Los Angeles, California worked to completely update the Porsche by adding twin turbos, chassis upgrades and a fiberglass body. Townsend drove the car at several race tracks including Le Mans, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Daytona, Sebring and Sears Point. Bruce Jenner, gold medalist in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics, is also remembered as driving this legendary car. The Porsche was later donated to the Museum by Randolph Townsend
Manufactured by: Dr. Ing hcF Porsche AG
Engine: Air-cooled Twin Turbo
6 cylinders, 740 hp
Bore: 3 7/8″
Stroke: 2 5/16″
Displacement: 207.90 Cu. In.
About the National Automobile Museum (Harrah’s Collection)
One of America’s top 10 automobile museums, the National Automobile Museum features more than 200 remarkable automobiles. It offers theatrical presentations and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square feet of galleries, exhibits and bustling street scenes and artifacts that bring the exhibits to life. The museum is a dynamic and popular venue for special events as intimate as 60 and as large as 1,200 guests. It also includes the Nevada Space Center, which houses the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada. For more information, visit www.automuseum.org.
Mon. – Sat.: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seniors $10 (62 and over)
Junior $6 (6 to 18 years old)
Free for children (5 and under)