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Old 07-31-2014, 11:57 PM
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Default There's just something....about Porsche.

Things like....the 917!

"I'm a wild and crazy guy!"-Steve Martin.

The original Porsche 917 was a "wild and crazy guy" given that it was almost undriveable and potentially deadly. Brian Redman got out of the original test mule and did not want to get back in, stating "it was incredibly unstable, using all the road at speed."

Porsche had so much trouble getting the 917 to work properly on the race track that they contracted arch-rival John Wyer Racing, who had been regularly beating them with their beautifully prepared Gulf colors Ford GT40s to do the development work on the car. Wyer's chief engineer, John Horsman, noticed that the bodywork had a pattern of dead gnats dashed against it, revealing the airflow. The tail was clean—the presence of no dead gnats indicated that the air was not flowing over the tail.

They basically chopped the classic Porsche-style Langheck style tail off the back of the car and created a wedge-based design to obtain some real downforce at the rear, and the Le Mans variant of the Wyer Racing version is shown here (it was also known as the Kurzheck thus the designation: Porsche 917K.

The car depicted here won Le Mans in 1971 with Vic Elford and Gijs van Lennep sharing stints. Pretty!



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Beautiful work, Stephen.

I miss the old Can Am race events...I truly do.
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Beautiful work, Stephen.

I miss the old Can Am race events...I truly do.
Thanks, Michael.

The owner/founder of the DiecastSociety.com web site/forum liked my Ferrari 330 P4 and the Porsche 917 shots so much that he put them up on the banner on the masthead at the web site!
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