“Peter Perfect” Postcard

Text & Photos by Harry Kennison

Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood

Peter Gregg (left) and his long-time friend and team mate, Hurley Haywood (right) talk race strategy at Mid Ohio in 1975.

For those of us who remember the glory days of the IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) GT Championship back in the 70’s, there were, perhaps, no more glorious days than those of Peter Gregg and his bright white #59 Brumos Porsche with the red & blue livery winning championship after championship. The Jacksonville, Florida Porsche dealer definitely lived up to his nickname, “Peter Perfect.”

Peter Gregg Brumos Porsche RSR Mid Ohio

Peter Gregg herds his Porsche Carrera RSR around Mid Oho in 1975.

Gregg’s attention to detail in preparing his Porsches prior to every race, coupled with his ability to leave nothing to chance, found him being compared to the now-legendary Roger Penske (who also knows a thing or two about racing Porsches). Gregg not only had the best equipment, but he made sure that his Brumos Porsches were better prepared than any of his competition. I remember gazing upon the immaculate Brumos TransAm Porsche and matching hauler in the paddock at Elkhart Lake back in 1974 and remarking that these guys were head and shoulders above anybody else. And the beauty of it all was they seemed to do it all with such class and grace.

Peter Gregg Elkhart Lake

The Brumos Porsche Team hauler in Elkhart Lake’s Road America paddock at the 1974 TransAm.

Peter Gregg didn’t just win races, he dominated IMSA for nearly a decade. Between 1971 and 1979, Gregg won six IMSA GT Championships (1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), and racked up 41 victories including three wins at the famed Daytona Rolex 24-hour race with his co-driver and long-time friend, Hurley Haywood. He also won the Sebring 12-Hour race, twice finished on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won two TransAm titles. At the time of his death by his own hand in 1980, Peter Gregg was acknowledged to be one of America’s greatest road racers of his time.

Peter Gregg Moraine Sweep

In 1974 Peter Gregg and his Porsche RSR captured victory by 8/10ths of a second over the 2nd place Camero at Elkhart Lake’s Road America round of the TransAm.

So if you get the opportunity to see the Brumos Porsches in action in the Rolex series this year, think back to the man who set the standard nearly 40 years ago, Peter Gregg.