Before Top Gear and Sabine Schmitz brought sex appeal of the Nürburgring, there were plenty of other complete nutcases hell bent to conquer the hallowed lap record.
Porsche tuning house Ruf built this 470bhp twin turbo monster 911 known as the CTR Yellowbird back in 1987 and put this video together, kick starting the lap-time frenzy that we all know and love.
Ruf test driver Stefan Roser pedals hard despite sporting that casual ’80s ‘European Vacation’ look of t-shirt and loafers with socks. And no helmet to boot. The time, a well deserved 8:05 on road tyres.
Doesn’t sound quick compared to today’s lap records? Watch the video, and consider nearly three decades have passed in motoring R&D!