TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 [TWR-Porsche cover image (1)] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International It was about time that someone took up the case of the TWR-Porsche WSC95, a quite remarkable race car. And frankly, there could have no better author to have done this car justice that Serge Vanbockryck, who has been around the motor sport industry for more than three decades. [pp10-11] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International The TWR-Porsche WSC95 is one of those race cars that has somehow fallen between the cracks and not been given the credit it is due. Essentially the product of two manufacturers, Jaguar (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) and Porsche (Joest Racing), it could be argued that this race car enjoyed the best of both schools of knowledge and experience. But the racing world probably owes its greatest debt of gratitude to Reinhold Joest, who saw the potential in resurrecting the unused chassis of the Jaguar XJR-14. [pp50-51] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International Once all the paperwork, legalities and planning had been sorted out, the engineers could get down to the task of building the chassis up to take the Porsche hardware to run in the IMSA championship. The marriage of the Jaguar and Porsche hardware though was anything but easy or straightforward, and any agreement between the two big manufacturers would undoubtedly also be complex. All appeared to be going well before the planned race début of two TWR-Porsche WSC95s in the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours. However, Porsche was forced to abandon the programme when the IMSA changed the rules a few weeks beforehand, and so the cars were put into storage. [pp76-77] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International A year later Reinhold Joest asked Porsche if he could run the two cars at Le Mans in 1996 if his team undertook further development. Eager to see their hard work in action, Porsche agreed, and Norbert Singer became involved to have the cars modified to French needs. [pp82-83] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International In the hands of Davy Jones, Manuel Reuter and Alex Wurz, TWR-Porsche WSC95s chassis WSC 001 duly won the 1996 Le Mans 24 Hours, beating the new works Porsche 911 GT1s in the process. The following year, Tom Kristensen scored his first of nine Le Mans victories in the same ’96-winning car with the Joest team, which he shared with Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson. In fact, the TWR-Porsche WSC95 only competed in five races over a three year period but won three times, including twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours. [pp86-87] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International The book The author has uncovered much of the car’s origins and its early history, including while under Jaguar management, giving a useful insight into this great car’s background. Chapters cover the politics behind the deal, the rebirth of the car under the Porsche badge, the 1996 and 1997 winning drivers, the disappointment of the ’98 race, and the genius of Reinhold Joest and his team of winning engineers and mechanics. [pp108-109] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International The book concludes with a detailed description of chassis WSC 001’s various liveries over its three year’s of competition. A brief section covers the car’s more modern activities, followed by a comprehensive gallery of top quality studio photography, showing the car in great detail. [pp164-165] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International The book is well supported with period photographs of the car in all its various stages of ownership (TWR) through to its final years of competition and in Joest’s care. In addition, some excellent photography has been supplied by well-known international motorsport photographs such as: Richard Prince, Jakob Ebrey, Ib Trebbien, Andreas Mandel and the very knowledgeable and experienced John Brooks, who has followed endurance and sportscar racing for four decades. [pp192-193] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International The author has left no stone unturned in seeking out those involved in the car’s build and care, from the TWR days through to Joest Racing, Porsche, and the various racing bodies such as IMSA and the ACO. In short, it is a thoroughly well researched and well written book on a very important race car. [pp248-249] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International What you get The book runs to 320-pages and is very well presented, not being cluttered or with large blank spaces. The narrative reads easily and is a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you are a Porsche motorsport enthusiast, or a motorsport enthusiast with a wider interest, you will enjoy this publication because it contains more than just the history of a single Porsche racing car. It will certainly look good on your motorsport library bookshelf, and with Christmas just around the corner, it would make an excellent gift…even to yourself! [pp286-287] Caption: TWR-Porsche WSC95 - The autobiography of WSC 001 by Serge Vanbockryck – © Porter Press International Key information Title: TWR-Porsche WSC95 Sub-title: The autobiography of WSC 001 Series: Great Cars Author: Serge Vanbockryck Publisher: Porter Press International Published: 12 September 2023 ISBN: 978-1-907085-53-6 Page count: 320 pages Image count: more than 350 images Format: 285 x 235 mm portrait, hardback with dust jacket Language: English Price: £69.00 Available: Porter Press International Website: https://porterpress.co.uk/collections/great-cars-series/products/twr-porsche-wsc95 Written by: Glen Smale