This Dune Buggy Would’ve Raced the Daytona 24 If It Weren’t for Porsche
Yes, someone really tried to race a VW Beetle-based beach buggy at the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona. And they almost got away with it...
With permission from the Lou Galanos collection
Hugh Heishman stands next to the Volkswagen-powered Zink VSR he entered at Sebring in 1969. The car did not finish due to a busted clutch.
Jon Krogsund (left) walks with car owner Hugh Heishman. Krogsund would be at the wheel of the Heishman dune buggy at Daytona when it collided with Jo Siffert’s 917 Porsche training “T” car.
The Gulf Porsche 917K training “T” car going through turns 1 & 2 during practice for the 1970 Daytona 24 Hours. Jo Siffert is at the wheel. Note the unique view window cut into the top of the cockpit so drivers could better see slower cars on the 31-degree high banks. It was known as the
Daytona road course layout, 1967-1972
Jo Siffert standing next to his damaged 917 just after the accident with the dune buggy. The car made it just past turn 6 and onto the high banks before coming to a stop. Siffert and his mechanic await a tow back to the pits.
International Speedway Corporation via Lou Galanos