• Nov 5th 2007 at 7:05PM
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click above image for a history lesson on RUF

Ahh, the joy of YouTube. Every once in a while we come upon a jewel like this - a four-part series on the history of Ruf, perhaps the most famous of Porsche tuners. The documentary features Alois Ruf recounting the history of the company, starting with the formation of AUTO RUF in 1939 and ending with the development of the new CTR3 supercar. In between are the details of Alois' love of motorsport, the top speed testing of the Yellow Bird and CTR2, and the company's philosophy on restoration and working on customer cars. It's a full 30+ minutes of footage, but it's worth it even if you aren't a huge Porsche or Ruf fan. You can watch all four clips after the jump.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I met a man from Mendon, MA who had a Ruf with a drag-racing clutch that was either on or off. That's pretty hardcore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ... no words.
      • 7 Years Ago

      How can you not be a Porsche or Ruf fan after watching these videos? At least check out the vintage car porn on the first one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm with jurm. I wasn't going to watch these, but I'm pretty glad I did. The whole thing is so genuine. It's great to see that this is backed by someone who has so much passion, stays involved with the company, and seems like a sincerely nice person. Great videos. I'll get my Porsche someday....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Excellent find, and getting to watch it all in one spot. The vintage stuff intrigued me the most. 130 hp in a 3 main boxer four, and the way he described it.There is a shot in the 3rd vid from the top that shows the 6 cylinder shortblock... is it just me or is it indeed angled correctly? meaning 120 degree V block. Just a trick angle from the cam? or is it really insanely flat at 180?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's nice to see something like this, where the focus is on the passion for the sport. He doesn't spend his time belittling the competition, or throwing out number after number in some attempt to prove his product. No financial projections or mission statements, or tree-hugging PR lies either. Instead, it's just the pure love of the car.
      And the noise from the engine at the very end of the last video gives me chills.
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