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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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Vidéo : La McLaren Senna et la Porsche 911 GT2 RS s’affrontent en Drag Race

Embarquez à bord de deux des meilleures supercars du monde pour un 1000m départ arrêté sur la piste de Lurcy-Lévis. ​

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“Somebody Reasonable Would Not Drive So Fast in the Rain,” Inside the Mind of Jacky Ickx

« For those of you hoping to hear stories about racing, you will be disappointed. I am going to talk about gardening, » is a rather in auspicious start to three quarters of an hour with one of the top drivers in history. To Ickx, however, it’s a logical place to start. When he reached driving age at 16 his goal was to become a gardener or a gamekeeper, not a racing driver. With the gift of a motorcycle from his parents, Ickx’ path changed rapidly. Beginning in motorcycle trials, Ickx moved on rapidly to four wheels, and ascended quickly to the top levels. Not just Mr. LeMans, Ickx competed in 13 seasons of Formula 1, pranked valets, won the Paris-Dakar, Bathurst, and other races almost too numerous to mention.

With a deeply self-deprecating sense of humor, a quick wit, and surprising modesty, the man epitomizes Big Ickx Energy. To Ickx, his success in motorsport didn’t predominantly come from his own skill, but thanks to the stars aligning in everything that surrounded him, which « isn’t humility, it’s just being realistic. » Having the right tools and team at the right time brought him success more than his own efforts.

For the duration of the interview Mike Spinelli is quite obviously awed in the presence of a legend, and I fully empathize. Even several steps removed from the event, watching the interview on an iPad I was a bit starstruck by the openness and honesty of one of my motorsports heroes.

Grab your coffee and settle in. Even with 45 minutes at hand, Mr. Ickx has a lot of ground to cover in a relatively short time.

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This Green 914 Inspires A Serious Porsche Passion

As Tyler steps into his strikingly green 914, he immediately launches into its storied history as the enthusiasm flows out by the bucketful. More than mere sentimental attachment, the allure of this gorgeous car comes from its classic configuration. « 914s have always been one of my favorite cars, specifically because [of] its mid-engined, air-cooled, horizontally-opposed motor, » he elaborates.

The mixture of loud, obnoxious pops and classy green paint scheme make it a head-turner. Its shortened gears, athletic stance, and flared fenders from its racing past make it a genuine canyon carver. It’s much more than eye candy; it’s part of an infatuation that’s gripped him since the age of seven.

Sleek lines, great paint, and hints of a racing background give this car a striking appearance.

« Your senses are dedicated to driving, and not thinking about stuff that’s in the past [or] stuff that’s in the past; it’s just all right now, » he remarks. If his ever-present smirk or the way his car makes him wax poetic don’t convey that boyish sort of obsession that grips any autophile from an early age, nothing does.

« The only way to really appreciate it is to drive it, » he remarks.

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The Devil Is In The Details Of This Custom 993 Speedster

Porsche officially built just one 993-generation 911 Speedster. On the occasion of Butzi Porsche’s 60th birthday in 1995, the company presented him with a one-off tiptronic Speedster on 17″ wheels. Longtime Porsche customer Jerry Seinfeld commissioned the Sonderwunsch program to build him a silver widebody Speedster as well, starting from a cabriolet base car in 1998. Since then, a handful of home-built and specialist assembled cars have been produced, and this red example, as featured by Petrolicious is perhaps among the most often seen of them. It takes a serious passion to re-make your 911 into a different style of 911, but with the right parts, the right mechanic, and enough money, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Even if the factory didn’t build these in large number, it really should have, because this look works incredibly well. The parts installed on this car are largely factory original, with only as few custom pieces as necessary. The windshield has been sourced from a 964 Speedster, and the bodywork has been expertly crafted from other 993 components. The interior is all carbon fiber, and it was hand-crafted by a guy in Germany who did carbon work for the Porsche factory, which is a cool little note. The 993 badge is actually a factory Porsche component, but Porsche never made a 993 badge, so the owners of the car bought a 968 badge. The 6 has been flipped to become the second 9, and the 8 has been cut just right to become a 3. Pretty slick if you ask me.

The car lives in Las Vegas today, and it feels perfectly in line with the car’s ethos. It’s a little flashy, very visible, and has been custom made and personalized to a degree not often seen. From relatively humble beginnings, this 993 won the jackpot and was transformed into a unique vision of Porsche specialness. If you can dream it, you can build it.

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