Reinhold Joest has achieved what many others attempted in vain: The step from successful racing driver to an even more successful team owner.
Reinhold Joest’s career as racing driver began in 1962 with a Porsche 75 S at the Eberbach Hill Climb. Joest competed mainly in hill climb events till 1967 and was German Champion twice. From 1966 onwards Reinhold Joest devoted more and more time to circuit racing and was successful immediately. The class win at the 1000 kilometre race around the Nürburgring in 1966 was one of the most important wins.
As driver, Reinhold Joest celebrated overall victories at the 1000 kilometre race around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most difficult race track, in 1970 and 1980. Six times he celebrated class victories.
Thanks to his performances, Reinhold Joest was asked to drive for the Porsche works team in 1971. As works driver he celebrated numerous successes, however, Reinhold Joest was unable to fulfil the dream of winning in Le Mans. In 1969 he was third in Le Mans driving a Ford GT40, as well as 1972 in the Porsche 908/2 Long-tail. In 1978 and 1980 he finished second with the Porsche 936.
However, Reinhold Joest won the Interseries, many rounds of the Sportscar World Championship and, in 1980, the 24-hour race in Daytona Beach (Florida).
Also at the end of his career as racing driver, Reinhold Joest was also dealt a lucky hand: His last race was the 9 Hours of Kyalami at the end of 1981 in South Africa, which he won together with Jochen Mass. Very few race drivers manage to wave goodbye with a victory. Reinhold Joest fulfilled his dream of victory in Le Mans later as team boss, not just once but more than ten times…