crankandpiston.com catches up with former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Richard Attwood to ask how significant his 1970 win really is, how close he really came to securing victory a year earlier, why Porsche may have its work cut out on its return to Le Mans in 2014, and why the iconic Porsche 917 is actually a bit of a… »
Even if you can't go back in time to 1969, you can watch this excellent "Found on Youtube" 4 part movie highlighting Le Mans that year. Hearing the sounds, entertaining the prospect of Ford GT40s battling with Porsche 917s and dreaming about hitting 240+ MPH on the Mulsanne straight—what more could you ask for from… »
Everything about this Porsche 917 seems right. Painted in classic Gulf livery, the car is shown on the race track, where it belongs. These flat 12 equipped beasts brought Porsche back to back overall wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. 40 years later, the 917 looks (and sounds) even better with age.
Rallying, Le Mans, a Le Mans start, skinny-tired spins, a Rothmans 959, mud, French police, Daytona, hairy-chested flat sixes, the Nürburgring, and more, all crammed into ninety-five seconds. If you don't want a P-car after this, your brain is broken. »
With 750+ horsepower cracking from a flat-six thanks to creative use of turbocharging and Bosch mechanical injection, the Porsche 935 represents the apex of crazed eighties IMSA Group 5 twin-turbo gas huffing mayhem. The Porsche brain trust produced many variants of the 935 six-banger in answer to the ever changing… »
Loveseat, indeed. It's one thing to watch your DVDs of LeMans or CanAm race footage while sitting in a Barcalounger or some other glorified tree stump. It's entrely another to curl up in your own Porsche 917. Sure this model is lacking around 1,100 horsepower or so (from CanAm setup), but the company that makes it will … »
How did we not know about this? Famed motor-racing driver, car collector and Porsche dealer Vasek Polak died in a wreck on the autobahn in 1997, leaving his estate to the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Foundation. In 2000, a team of crack thieves absconded with a stock of NOS and rebuilt Porsche racing motors: four… »