Group C was introduced as the top sports car racing category 40 years ago this year. Run for about a decade, Group C is highly revered today and the anniversary was celebrated at many occasions. Today we play our small part by highlight four Group C cars that returned to forefront this year.
Porsche was one of the main players in this period and celebrated in style by pulling out several 956s and 962s from the Museum. Among them was this rarely seen 962C, which was raced only at Le Mans in 1990 by the works backed Joest Racing team.
At the Le Mans Classic, we had a full field of Group C cars competing including this Jaguar XJR-9. The final car built in 1988, it was used mainly in sprint events. Following its contemporary racing career, it was retained by TWR for many years but has since made several appearances in historic racing events.
Also in action at Le Mans this year was this early Peugeot 905 Evo 1 Bis. Used predominantly for testing in period, it did race at Le Mans in 1993 after a sister car was crashed in practice. Chassis EV11 finished third that year and is now owned and raced by a Dutch historic racer.
Raced at the Dix Mille Tours this year, this Spice SE90C also has a Dutch connection but then in period. It was raced by Charles Zwolsman and Cor Euser for the Euro Racing Team. It finished fourth twice during the 1990 season against stiff competition. Chassis SE90C-022 is now in French hands.

Enjoy the links:

1988 Jaguar XJR-9 LM (J12-C-688)

1990 Peugeot 905 Evo 1 Bis (EV11)

1990 Porsche 962C (962-015)

1990 Spice SE90C Cosworth (SE90C-022)