Hero Driver Spotlight - Jürgen Barth
Jürgen Barth was born on 10th of December 1947 in Thum, Germany. He is mechanical engineer whose first contacts with motorsport came through his father, ex motorcycle and Formula One racer Edgar Barth. After his father passing in 1965, Jurgen concentrated on studies and become mechanical engineer and soon employed with the Porsche racing team.
Schooled as engineer but born as a racing driver
With his knowledge of mechanics and engineering and his natural gift of driving, Jurgen soon become a respected driver, showing the team managers that he is not just a technician but a very fast racer. From the very start, he had his mind on winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in 197, 1972 and 1973 he participated with private owned Porsche 911. He managed to finish the race which is success but in 1974, his Porsche 911 RSR had an engine failure and did not finish.
Accomplished constructor, driver and author of ultimate Porsche book
In 1975, he moved to Porsche 908/03 a much faster car then the 911 and finished 4th which was a big success for private team. However, he has caught attention of Porsche works team and for 1977 he shared a factory Porsche 936/77 with famous Jacky Ickx and won the 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1978, the were second but in 1979 they where disqualified because Ickx was repairing his car after the incident when unwanted outside help was given and this led to the disqualification. Jurgen Barth participated in Le Mans four more times (1980,1981,1982,1993) but in sportscar class. Beside his racing career he is well know author of Porsches who had writen one of the most important books for every Porsche enthusiast. His “The Complete History of Types and Models“ (Jürgen Barth with co-author Gustav Büsing) is definitive history and covers every Porsche model from very beginning up to today and has over 1500 pages with over 2000 photographs.