Bucket list race of Porsche in California

Josh Sadler and his classic Porsche. NNL-150921-172922001
Josh Sadler and his classic Porsche. NNL-150921-172922001

A resident of Tadmarton is making a dream trip of 5,400 miles to California so that he can participate in a race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Josh Sadler, 73, will race a 1969 Porsche 911 at the Rennsport Reunion, the world’s largest gathering of Porsche race cars. Having owned the factory prototype Porsche as a “box of bits” for over thirty years, Mr Sadler finally assembled and restored the car in 2013.

Having air freighted the car from Heathrow to California, he will now tick off a key item from his bucket list when he competes for the Eifel Trophy this Saturday. Mr Sadler stated that “This event is iconic in the Porsche world and I simply had to do it before I got too old.”

The trip will be a step into the relative unknown as Mr Sadler is not at all familiar with the layout of the track and thus is expecting a steep learning curve. He said: “I have never been to Laguna Seca and don’t have an Xbox to practise on,” referring to the now common practice of learning new tracks on video games.

“I’m sure we’ll work out which way it goes and have a bit of fun,” he added.