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Porsche 718/2

The Porsche 718/2 was a single-seater development of the 718 sportscar chassis and in fact intended for racing in Formula Two. But when the Formula One regulations limited engine capacity to 1.5-litre in 1961, they offered the possibility to run the car in Formula One. An opportunity that Carel grasped with both hands. More...

Porsche Spyders

Carel Godin de Beaufort started racing during a period of change. After the awful accident at Le Mans in 1955 racing continued, but the carefree atmosphere gradually disappeared while professionalism made its entrance. The same applied to Carel. He started racing when Porsche started to build their Spyders. And they both grew in results and professionalism during that period. More...

Porsche 356B

This Porsche is better known as Porsche Carrera Abarth, or Carrera GTL. It was based on the 356B chassis, but bodywork was designed by Abarth. This joint venture started in 1959 and was much lighter than a 356A Carrera GT, which was a true Gran Turismo, not a true racing car. Franco Scaglione made the design for Abarth, and Zagato built the all aluminium body onto the regular 356 chassis, which got a four-cam Carrera engine. Only 20 of these German-Italian cars were produced More...

Porsche 904

The Porsche 904 was the 718 replacement in the GT class. The car had a revolutionary fibre-glass body that was designed by 'Butzi' Porsche, son of Ferry Porsche. The only time Carel actually raced a Porsche 904 was in the 12 hours of Sebring in 1964, retiring early in the race. More...

Maserati 250F

Of all the cars that have starred in the F1 World Championship, the 250F was probably the most appropriate first proper Grand Prix car that Carel raced. The car kept Grand Prix racing alive during the mid-fifties, as it not only challenged for wins and titles – and took a few in the process – but was the privateer car of choice until the Coopers appeared in numbers. More...

Cooper-Climax T51

Two of the most commonly used GP cars of all time – the 250F and the T51 – and Carel raced them. The T51 was the successful low-line follow-up of the T43/T45, the nimble rear-engined machine that caused a breakthrough in Grand Prix racing and went on to be a hit among privateers. More...

Citeria

Carel Godin de Beaufort was asked to introduce and promote a new open little Dutch sports car, called Citeria, at Zandvoort on November 17, 1958. Marketing was poor, because no sports car manufacturer would introduce an open roadster during the winter. Carel should have been glad it didn’t snow that day... More...

the cars that he drove and raced

This section features the cars that shaped Carel's racing career. Mostly Porsches, of course...

Porsche 718/2
Porsche Spyders
Porsche 356B
Porsche 904
Maserati 250F
Cooper-Climax T51
Citeria