If you look closely, this pair of 917s finished in Count Rossi’s Martini Racing, and Wyer-Gulf Racing livery, below, has license plates.
Experts in a poll conducted by Motor Sport Magazine in 1997 honored the Porsche 917: “The Greatest Racing Car Of All Time.”
Between 1969 and 1971, Porsche’s thundering 917 registered 14 Podium Firsts and two Seconds out of 21 major competitive events. The 917 gave Porsche its first overall wins (1970 & 1971) at Le Mans and in 1971, during night testing at Le Mans, a 917 clocked over 246 mph! Some records set by 917s at the 24-hour race, remain unbroken! After the 1971 season, the FIA rewrote the rules, essentially ending Porsche’s domination of the Sports Category in the World Manufacturers Championship Series.
Over its lifetime, the 917 was available in six variants, all powered by Type 912 Flat-12 engines, naturally aspirated and turbocharged, displacing from 4.5 to 5.0 liters. They were campaigned by the factory and A-List racing teams and drivers in the sport. Porsche’s 917/30, powered by a turbocharged (with driver-adjustable boost) Flat-12 capable of producing over 1,100 horsepower, was the darling of the 1973 Can-Am Series.
Certainly not for the faint of heart, the 917/30 five-liter engine with the wick turned up to "hand grenade" boost, could generate close to 1,500 horsepower. Porsche’s slick racer could go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and top out well over 200 mph. At full boost the Flat-12 would be running on the ragged edge and not turning it down in time could result in a scattered engine.
Gunter’s finned white 917 is finished in Martini & Rossi (Martini Racing-Team) # 22 livery. Ottokar’s blue & orange Wyer-Gulf Racing 917K is an exact replica of the racecar Steve McQueen drove and was seen in his 1971 movie, Le Mans. The original Gulf Racing 917 is in the Porsche Museum, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany.
At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2000, a Jury composed of automotive (racing) journalists selected the Porsche 917 as the “Car of the Century at Le Mans.”
For more information about the incredible Porsche 917, please visit, http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/418/Porsche-917-K.html
Photographer Martin Datzinger, http://www.datzinger.net/