Ludwig Heimrath-Canadian Invader

by Harry Kennison

Harry Kennison is a fan with a camera and a gift for telling good stories.  This is another in a series of stories of the sixties and seventies. We hope you enjoy them.

Number-4-&-74-Porsche-RSRs-Elkhart-Lake-TransAm-1974_LoLudwig Heimrath’s Porsche Carrera sits next to Hurley Haywood’s similar mount on the starting grid of the 1974 TransAm race at Elkhart Lake’s Road America circuit.  He would finish 5th overall just behind Haywood.





 In past MMR “postcards” I’ve documented the Porsche exploits of some of the biggest names in IMSA GT and TransAm racing series; drivers like Peter Gregg in his #59 white, red and blue Brumos Porsche and  Al Holbert in his immaculate blue, #14 Porsche spring to mind.  But there were several other Porsche competitors who added to the excitement and color of the IMSA and TransAm series in the 70’s and were ready to take top honors should these favorites falter. 

Ludwig-Heimrath-Porsche-RSR-Elkhart-Lake-Paddock-1974_LoOne of the most competitive members of this supporting cast was Ludwig Heimrath.  He was a German-born Canadian who competed in the 70’s in the IMSA GT series as well as the SCCA TransAm series in his familiar, #74 Porsches, a Carrera and later a Porsche RSR.  He managed several top 10 and top 5 finishes, but perhaps his greatest achievement was winning the 1976 TransAm race at Mosport, Ontario.

Heimrath’s stunning orange & blue Porsche Carrera rests in the Elkhart Lake’s paddock during the 1974 TransAm race weekend .

Ludwig_Heimrath-Porsche_RSR-Elkhart_Lk-1976_LoHeimrath nearly lifts a right rear wheel going through one of Road America’s 14 turns in his Porsche RSR during the 1976 TransAm race where he finished 5th.

Ludwig Heimrath also competed in the highly competitive IMSA GT Championship.  Here he pilots his white and orange #74 Carrera through the hard, right-hander at the end of Mid-Ohio main straightaway during the 1975 race where he finished 7th.