Vern Schuppan born in Whyalla on March 19, 1943 is a retired Australian motor racing legend who drove in various categories including Formula One, Indianapolis 500, Sports Car racing and the glorious Le Mans 24 hours.
In 1983 Vern was the second Australian in 51 years to win what is arguably one of histories most iconic and certainly most romantic endurance races, the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. Vern drove for the Rothmans Porsche team and was partnered with US drivers Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert. The team’s mount was the superb Porsche 956.
Not only a great racing talent, Vern also created his very own Porsche based 962CR road car. These cars were built as a tribute to his Le Mans victory. The Porsche 956 and its 962 IMSA-spec have become one of the most successful prototype race cars in history, claiming over 130 victories. Verns's 962CR road going interpretation when new was one of the most expensive cars ever produced and a decade ahead of its time but sadly only 5 were ever built.