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MAY 2019 THE SHOP 59 "Well, Javier came and said, 'I want two cars: One to race and one to practice with in Guatemala.' Now you want two cars in a year? In his mind, that's not a big deal, but I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, we've got a lot to do in a year on top of all our scheduled work.'" JOB WELL DONE Benton Performance nevertheless built two cars in one year. The first was the practice car that remains in Guatemala. Based on a 1969 912, it is white and demur but all business under- neath. The second car, the actual La Carrera race car, is a notch or two above because it's built to FIA specifications. It's based on a '67 912 that Benton had put aside for personal use. It was a roller with no engine or trans and was missing a few body parts. It also needed a suspension pan and a few patches here and there before Benton could install the FIA-spec roll cage. According to the Historic A Class rules, race cars have to have an original-type engine. Benton therefore built a 1.6-liter 6.6 motor featuring a knife-edge crank and lightweight rods, pistons, etc. The heads are ported and have stainless steel race-grade valves, dual springs and titanium retainers. It has a very sophisticated Accusump pressurized oil system. Because of the way it's set up, Benton had to develop a way to deac- tivate the Accusump electronically at low rpm, because La Carrera is not like a normal race—one minute you're flat-out, the next you are at a standstill at a checkpoint, and these cars don't keep idle oil pressure at temperature. If they didn't deactivate the Accusump, it would just continue to pump oil into the crankcase. Behind the engine is a 215mm Sachs clutch and a five-speed transmission upgraded with rally gears and a billet tower shifter that can be adjusted to keep the gates nice and crisp. John Benton and Benton Performance in Anaheim have been working on performance and race-type Porsches for 34 years and counting. 800.264.9472 • DesignEngineering.com CATCH DRIPS & SPILLS OIL RUG CATCH DRIPS & SPILLS OIL RUG OIL ABSORBENT CONTAINMENT MAT • SEALED EDGES & BACKING PREVENTS LEAKAGE & SOAK THROUGH • HOLDS 16OZ PER SQ. FT . • 3 SIZES AVAILABLE OIL ABSORBENT CONTAINMENT MAT • SEALED EDGES & BACKING PREVENTS LEAKAGE & SOAK THROUGH • HOLDS 16OZ PER SQ. FT . • 3 SIZES AVAILABLE DEALER & DISTRIBUTOR INQUIRIES WELCOME IF YOU HAVE AN EDGE… WE HAVE A TRIM! HEADQUARTERS 6855 HERMOSA CIRCLE BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA 90622 MIDWEST MANUFACTURING 1642 GATEWAY COURT ELKHART, INDIANA 46514 LOCAL: 714-562-0500 FAX: 714-562-0600 WWW.TRIMLOK.COM INFO@TRIMLOK.COM 800 -543-8706 FREE SAMPLES FREE CATALOG LARGE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK, INCLUDING AMAZON! Same Day Shipping on Thousands of Parts CALL US TODAY! Same Day Shipping on Thousands of Parts CALL US TODAY!

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