For sale: championship winning racecar, minor cosmetic damage; Sunday driven.
Last December the team shocked us all with a sudden entrance into the Pirelli World Challenge, fresh off a season where they dominated the GT3 Cup Canada championship with Scott Hargrove behind the wheel. To commemorate that achievement a limited run of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup diecasts were produced and made available in Pfaff Motorsport / Castrol Canada’s colours.
Shortly after Hargrove & co clinched the PWC GT Sprint championship, it was announced that another run of 1:43s would be made available, this time in C17 Media’s updated Castrol livery. At first I thought the Cup car would be hard to top, but upon first seeing the GT3R I was blown away.
With the competition car now officially unwrapped (boo!) and listed for sale, I made the most of what would most likely be my last time seeing this car in the flesh. Showrooms aren’t the easiest place to shoot such small objects but it sure gives you a sense of scale!
Of the Porsche dealerships in the area, Pfaff’s staff definitely embraces these diecasts with the most passion. It’s not uncommon to see entire stacks of 6-12+ neatly presented off to the side of one’s desk, not to mention the entire wall of miniature Porsches flanking the upper level. Every model from way back in the 356 days up until the current GT2RS Weissach can be yours in an assortment of liveries, and at sub-$100 Canadian Rupees each it’s arguably a lot more affordable than keeping a cabinet of 1:18s.
It’s definitely a bit odd seeing this car naked, but even in this gloss white wrap it looks stunning, probably due in part to the matte carbon body panels poking out underneath.
This is the only Canadian-delivered and run GT3R Evo in competition to date, and they’ve done an amazing job despite the young age of the team. They sure have come a long way since the old days with the 997 Cup.
For it’s final swansong the car was run at the CSCS (Canadian Sport Compact Series) at TMP (Toronto Motorsports Park) with the aim to set a new track record. Restrictors removed, mufflers relieved of duty, and with only Hargrove’s bravery as ballast, they set a blistering time of 1:08.492 on their first visit to the track. Unfortunately it was bested by Can-Jam’s Pikes Peak spec STI, which held a 0.171 second advantage at the end of the day. The assault on the senses that the titanium exhaust sings is something I’ll never forget for a long time, and its right up there with the 911 RSR in my books.
With every machine in the current GT3 category asking upwards of half a million dollars, customers are truly spoiled for choice. Looking past the raw performance of these machines, there are so many small and intricate details that you just don’t notice sitting trackside. The carbon bodywork (and the battle scars on them), the branded buckles, Performance Friction calipers - one can only dream what a homologation special would look like.
With the team’s old 991 GT3 Cup car now living in Vancouver, I spent most of my time just soaking in this car. It was a pleasure shooting Hargrove in his element not once but twice, and I’m excited to find out what’s next for the team. With parallel programs running the Audi RS3 LMS, and both the McLaren 570S GT4 and 650S GT3, the expertise is certainly there but it’s all up in the air for now.
Here’s what the car looked like when it was in competition trim, at our home race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, just east of Toronto.
And again more recently at the CSCS event.
If you or anyone you know is interested in potentially purchasing this stunning vehicle, send them the way of Pfaff Motorsports.