work in progress …

factory crew working on Helmut Marko & Gijs Van Lennep’s Martini Porsche 917K (eventual winner of the race, on the left), Gérard Larrousse & Vic Elford’s Martini Porsche 917LH (center, did not finish) & Willy Kauhsen & Reinhold Jöst’s Martini Porsche 917/20 ‘pink pig’ (right, did not finish), 1971 24 Heures du Mans, circuit de la Sarthe

Six different versions of the Porsche 917 lined up.

From front:

  • 1973 917/30 Can-Am Spyder boasting around 1,100hp.
  • 1971 917K Kurzheck (Short Tail). The chassis of this number 22 car was made of magnesium instead of aluminium, reducing chassis weight by a third.
  • 1971 917/20 “Pink Pig”.
  • 1970 917LH Langheck (Long Tail)
  • 1970 917K in Gulf colours. Derek Bell took a 917K to 246mph on the Mulsanne straight to set an all time top speed record at Le Mans.
  • 1970 917/16 Spyder.

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.

ready to race …

the field rolling up to the start of the 1971 24 Heures du Mans with Jackie Oliver & Pedro Rodriguez on pole with their Gulf Porsche 917LH flanked by the Martini Porsche 917LH of Vic Elford & Gerard Larrousse

it was the first Le Mans race with a rolling start