I’m sad to report that long time Ontario Porsche racer Fritz Hochreuter on Friday evening. A member of the Deutscher Automobil Club in Toronto, Hochreuter was well known in racing circles far beyond the Ontario racing scene.
From the Sixties through to the Eighties, Hochreuter was a regular competitor in endurance racing at Sebring and Daytona, also competing in the Trans Am series. Most often, he co-drove the long distance events with other Canadians Rudy Bartling and Rainer Brezinka. Hochreuter was also known to build rather impressive Porsche racing engines.
Like many local gearheads, I recall his red 911 RSR being at most CASC regional races I attended at Mosport in the late Eighties and early Nineties. One weekend when he had unloaded his trailer next to ours in the paddock, he rolled the beast out of the trailer by himself and fired it up. For one reason or another, it seemed hard to start and when it finally caught, the flat 6 was barely idling and backfired terribly every time he blipped the throttle. Hochreuter lifted the hood and mucked about for a while when we heard him exclaim “Fucking Webers”. Moments later he asked us to help push the car back into the trailer. That was Saturday morning and the car did not appear on track that weekend.
His wishes were to be cremated, with no memorial services.
The photo above was shot during the 1988 IMSA GTU race at Sebring by Mark Windecker.