National Automobile Museum celebrates International Sports Car Racing Day with 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” Coupe

The National Automobile Museum celebrates International Sports Car Racing Day on March 21. Visitors can learn about the impact of sports cars in automotive history and see the 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” coupe currently on display.

Visitors can view the 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” Coupe as well as over 200 automobiles and artifacts, including other memorable sports cars through the nationally recognized museum.

Manfred Schurti of Liechtenstein won the Group 5 constructors’ championship in 1977 with the Porsche 935 racing car. In 1978, Dr GianPiero Moretti of Milan, Italy acquired the car and entered it in the IMSA Winston series. GT, finishing third in the general classification.

Randolph Townsend, Nevada Senator from 1982 to 2010, bought the car in 1979. Andial Racing of Los Angeles, Calif., Worked to completely modernize the Porsche by adding twin turbos, chassis refinements and a bodywork in fiberglass. Townsend drove the car on several race tracks including Le Mans, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Daytona, Sebring and Sears Point. Bruce Jenner, decathlon gold medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics, was also remembered behind the wheel of this legendary car. The Porsche was later donated to the museum by Randolph Townsend

Automotive Facts:

Built by: Dr. Ing hcF Porsche AG

Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany

Engine: Twin Turbo air-cooled

6 cylinders, 740 hp

Bore: 3 7/8 “

Stroke: 2 5/16 ”

Displacement: 207.90 cu. In.

About the National Automobile Museum (Harrah Collection)

One of America’s top 10 automotive museums, the National Automobile Museum features over 200 remarkable automobiles. It offers theatrical performances and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square feet of galleries, exhibits and bustling street scenes and accompanying artifacts that bring the exhibits to life. The museum is a vibrant and popular venue for special events as intimate as 60 and as large as 1,200 guests. It also includes the Nevada Space Center, which houses the Challenger Learning Center of northern Nevada. For more information, visit

Business hours

Mon – Sat: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Adults $ 12
Seniors $ 10 (62 and over)
Junior $ 6 (6 to 18 years old)
Free for children (5 years old and under)
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