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This Gulf RSR Replica Is What California Dreams Are Made Of

This is one of just three similar cars Gunderson has painted in classic paint schemes.

John Gunderson has a knack for bringing the right people into the picture. When he wanted to blend the urgency and colorful exterior of the legendary 917 with a usable road car, he came up with this. A ’73 911 Blending the classic Gulf livery, a 2,200-pound frame, and a 350-horsepower motor from Rothsport, is bound to convert even the most cynical Porsche haters.

Gunderson started with a real-deal long-hood 911, which was then stripped and fitted with hand-hammered steel fenders. Inside, a set of recline-equipped Recaro seats made the cut, providing a supportive enough seat for the odd blitz through the backroads, but plush enough to not require a chiropractor’s services after using. Additionally, they don’t disrupt the classic spartan theme inside—this is an RSR replica, after all.

The simplistic cabin provides the driver with all the pertinent information and nothing more.

Their support is dearly needed if the driver wants to exploit the power of the the 3.5-liter motor behind them. Fortunately, the Rothsport engine produces its power in a linear fashion and screams to a 7,000-rpm redline. That grunt is fortified by the closely stacked gears and short throw. Though the shifter throw is a little on the vague side, and the pedals are oddly positioned, that’s the only real criticism that Zack Klapman can find. High praise from someone who has driven a little bit of everything.

Zack got up to speed quickly. Its direct steering, which is slightly vague in the center but quickly loads up, helps him position the car in quick canyon switchbacks. It’s that detailed level of information through the pedals, the seat, and the steering which eventually brought the reluctant host over to the pro-Porsche side.

It’s true—few cars are as persuasive as a purpose-built Porsche.

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Porsche 917 Living Legend de 2013 – Un concept d’une 917 moderne

A l’occasion de l’exposition « 50 Years of Porsche 917 -– Colours of Speed » au Porsche Museum, une voiture a fait pour la première fois son apparition remarquée en public : la Porsche 917 Living Legend de 2013 – un concept car rendant hommage à la 917 et notamment à l’équipe Porsche Salzburg avec sa livrée …

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Une étude Porsche 917 de 1970 sur la voiture de sport du futur

A l’occasion de l’exposition spéciale sur les 50 ans de la Porsche 917 au Porsche Museum, une étrange maquette à l’échelle 1:4 a retenu notre attention : une étude Porsche de voiture de course du futur datant de 1970 et basée sur la Porsche 917. Bien que le design alternatif de la Porsche 917/20 Sau …

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Mark Webber Lends His Two Cents on What It’s Like To Drive The First Porsche 917

As part of the grand celebration of the 917’s 50th birthday, several major names were given the chance to parade some of the most iconic variants of the car at Goodwood’s 77th Members’ Meeting last month. One of those names was the affable and straight-talking Aussie who’s done quite well at the top of the racing ladder for the last two decades: Mr. Mark Webber.

Barely fitting his lanky frame inside the cramped cabin of chassis #001, Webber explains how ergonomics weren’t the top priority for the 917’s engineers. An awkwardly placed wheel at a canted angle and a roof that forces the 6’2″ Webber into the seat don’t make for a comfortable jaunt around Goodwood, but he’s pleased nonetheless.

Webber livened up Goodwood’s 77th Members’ Meeting with his famously cheeky sense of humor.

Getting to sample a car with so much history is worth a little discomfort—even a few compressed discs. Prior to the event, 917-001 underwent a full restoration to the exact specification in which it left Zuffenhausen in 1969, bound for its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Having been thoroughly reworked, we can only imagine what it was like to campaign one of these cars at Le Mans; what it was like to drive one in the lashing rain for hours on end.

917-001 is finished in Porsche’s traditional racing white with the green nose that adorned all 25 of the 1969 homologation cars.

When asked if he’d liked to have raced one in its heyday, we get an answer that seems quite diplomatic from the typically blunt wisecracker. While he admits to wanting to, he implies the danger inherent in driving such a car—a car with the driver’s feet well ahead of the front axle. Webber’s seen some wild accidents in his 30 years of racing, and sensibly, he feels some trepidation at the thought of racing such a wild animal. It’s hard to blame him.

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Porsche Unveils A Freshly Restored 917-001

Fifty years ago Porsche unveiled the first production batch of the 917 race car that would transform the tiny German sportscar maker into a Le Mans winner. The first 917 chassis has spent much of its recent life in 917K bodywork with the Salzberg red and white livery. It’s been sitting in the Porsche museum that way for a while, but Porsche decided that it was time for the progenitor of it all was ready for a complete redo to look like it did when it was built.

That first batch of 917s featured suspension-activated adjustable ailerons, which you can see working at both the front and the rear in this video below. Porsche re-created the longtail bodywork and completely re-bodied this lovely vintage 917, bringing it full circle, just in time for the car’s 50th anniversary.

The car’s first display was during the Goodwood Members Meeting earlier this year, and once it was returned to the factory, the original 917 photograph was recreated with a huge line of 917s sitting outside the doors of Werk 1.

Later this month the group of 917s will be on display at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart for the « Colours of Speed » exhibit, which runs from May 14th until September 15th. So if you’ve always wanted to see 917-001 in person, it now looks like it did on that first day, so you’ll get a real glimpse of its history.

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