Gulf 917

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  • 1854432990
  • 9781854432995
by Jay Gillotti The Porsche 917 is one of the most successful and iconic racing cars of all... more
Gulf 917

by Jay Gillotti

The Porsche 917 is one of the most successful and iconic racing cars of all time, thanks in part to its starring role in the Steve McQueen film, Le Mans.

This book presents a detailed chassis-by-chassis and race-by-race history of the Porsche 917s raced by the John Wyer/Gulf team. It includes the history leading to the 917 and the partnership between Porsche, Gulf and JW Automotive Engineering. The cars profiled in the book were instrumental in Porsche's taking of the 1970 and 1971 World Sportscar Championship titles as the Gulf-Porsche 917s won 11 of the 17 championship races entered.

Written with assistance from JWAE Chief Engineer, John Horsman, the book includes scans of his original race data sheets. It also includes numerous rarely seen photos, many from Porsche's archive. Detailed post-Gulf histories are presented for each car. Relive the exploits of driving legends Jo Siffert, Pedro Rodriguez and teammates Brian Redman, Leo Kinnunen, Derek Bell and Jackie Oliver as they race the Gulf 917s on the fast tracks of an evocative motorsport era.


  • Foreword: John Horsman
  • Preface
  • Early History of Porsche
  • Predecessors, Design and Development
  • Gulf Versus Porsche
  • Chassis 004 (renumbered 017)
  • Chassis 009
  • Chassis 013
  • Chassis 014 (renumbered 029)
  • Chassis 015
  • Chassis 016
  • Chassis 017 (renumbered 004)
  • Chassis 026 (renumbered 031)
  • Chassis 029 (renumbered 014)
  • Chassis 031 (renumbered 026)
  • Chassis 034 (renumbered 013)
  • "The Taxi" Chassis 035 (renumbered 015)
  • Chassis 043 (044)
  • Chassis 045
  • Le Mans Movie Cars
  • Gulf-Related 917s
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography and Resources
  • Photo Credits and Thanks

Buch, Hardcover im Schuber, 23 x 28 cm, 496 Seiten, 460 überwiegend farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text