May 21, 2004
about a fellow named Sepp Greger. This is Sepp at one of the
many hill climbs he raced at in 906-127.
I am sure
there are people in our web audience who can guess where these
photos were taken.
cares...Seppi won the championship in 1966.
pictures were taken after he sold the car, then it crashed.
was made into a spyder in Germany and then taken to Hong Kong
and raced a little more.
look closely at the picture on the left, you can see the shop
signs are in oriental writing. The picture on the right is
the first page of the Wagenpass. This was re-issued in 1970
when the car was converted to a spyder.
I would watch old war movies, they always talked about ONS
(maybe in just a few movies).
I always thought ONS was some top secret German operation
like our CIA. Little did I know that it was the German Department
of Transportation, kind of like our DOT.
this for sure...if you've got a Wagenpass for your old racing
Porsche, you've got just about everything. Concluding the
preponderance of evidence because remember, a serial number
doesn't always tell you everything. Of course, neither does
a Wagenpass, but a Wagenpass is a lot harder to forge than
are those ONS stamps again.
way cool !
are signatures from the technical directors at the races that
were recorded. Not all race cars had a Wagenpass that stayed
with the car this long. I am not sure that you had to have
a Wagenpass to race a car. This would be similar to an SCCA
log book, but a lot more technical.
22nd I received the following email to clarify "ONS"
the updates on the 906 you mentioned the ONS. Don't want to
sound like a know-all, but: The ONS was the "Oberste
Nationale Sportkommission" which was not the German Department
of Transportation but a kind of bureau governing all things
to do with Motor Racing in Germany, and only Motor Racing.
The ONS-Wagenpass was actually something like a registration
Document for a race car.The words you heard in some World
War II flicks were probably "OHK" which means "Oberstes
Heeres Kommando", Central Command of the Forces. Still,
you might argue that after the war some top OHK-Nazis were
working again, but in the ONS-Councils.... ;) Keep the updates
Thanks for helping us out Marius!
May 25th, we received another e-mail regarding the historical
photos of 127
I am very grateful that you have showed us the historical
pictures of 906127. I knew for a long time, that Manfred Pade
had converted the car into a spyder after a prevous crash,
but never had seen any pictures of her. Now my comments:
- the black & white shots (race no 52 only) show Sepp
Greger at the Mont Ventoux hillclimb in France 1967(European
Hillclimb Championship), he finished 2nd in class.
- the shots of the yellow 906 show Manfred Pade (3rd owner)
in 1971 at the Osnabrück hillclimb in Germany, he finished
4th in class.
- the shots of the spyder with race no 29 show again Manfred
Pade at the airport race at Mainz-Finthen in 1972, he finished
7th in class.
Ulrich E. Trispel
is some history on the car:
here we go! I have now traced back the full history of the
car and it looks pretty clear-cut.
Sepp Greger sold
it to Pade Manfred, a gentleman from Dusseldorf, who raced
it for a few years in Europe (his name appears in the Wagen-Pass).
Manfred was the one who had the car modified to a Spyder after
he crashed at Nurburgring circa 1971 (?). The work was completed
by an outfit in Ramstein, Germany. Manfred then sold the car
to Herb Adamczyk through a reputed Porsche tuner named Herwig
Roitmayer (Roitmayer’ son currently races in the Porsche
Cup), who was a friend of Adamczyk. Adamczyk exported the
car to Hong Kong where he has been living since 1965, and
he was the guy Bob Garretson eventually bought it from.
to Adamczyk in Hong Kong at length. Adamczyk originally drove
a 906 Spyder conversion for Teddy Yip, a Macao casino magnet
who was very well-known in the racing world there (as I am
sure you know), because he brought in many great racers through
his “Theodore Racing Team” over the years (Patrese,
Jones, Tambay, even Senna to name a few). Adamczyk was very
successful with that first Spyder, winning the GT class at
Macao, which is why he eventually decided to get his own 906.
Adamczyk then raced 127 with Jim Sweeney at Macao for about
two years. As it happened according to Adamczyk, that first
Spyder he had driven for Teddy Yip turned out to be the original
factory prototype of the 906, really a 904/6. When Teddy Yip’s
partner, Henry Lee, retired and moved to England, he took
that car with him, eventually selling it to Bob Hamilton.
The car went to Australia, then Kuala Lumpur Singapore, and
has now been sold back in England (no doubt you know about
that car too).
I also found Pade Manfred and spoke to him on the telephone
today through his son, who was translating all my questions
as the father does not speak any English. Very nice people.
I then Emailed the son with about a hundred more questions
and he replied that he will go over everything with his dad
this weekend and get back to me shortly. Manfred has apparently
kept a good file on the car, which will no doubt be very useful
to us. He still even has the original steering wheel hanging
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