50 years of the Porsche 917 at Goodwood Members’ Meeting

| 3 Apr 2019
Classic & Sports Car – 50 years of the Porsche 917 at Goodwood's Members' Meeting

Half-century heroes will be celebrated at this weekend’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting as a parade of Porsche 917s take to the track, headed by the very first one built.

Chassis #001 was originally the test model and has benefited from an extensive restoration at the Porsche Museum over the winter.

It will be piloted by its original driver, Richard Attwood, who won the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Hans Herrmann in a Porsche 917K (above), and also by former Formula One driver and Porsche’s 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion Mark Webber.

Attwood/Herrmann’s 1970 triumph was followed by another for a 917K in 1971, this time in the hands of Gijs van Lennep and future Red Bull F1 boss Helmut Marko, and these were the marque’s first two overall wins at Le Sarthe; Porsche would go on to score a record-breaking 19 victories over the next 47 years.

But it all started when the 917 made its competition debut at the 1000km Spa on 11 May 1969.

Classic & Sports Car – 50 years of the Porsche 917 at Goodwood's Members' Meeting
Jo Siffert (Porsche 917/10) en route to 3rd in the 1971 Can-Am Challenge Cup race at Watkins Glen

Chassis #001 will be followed by a trio of cars that are being allowed out of the Porsche Museum for the occasion.

One is the 917K that led a one-two at the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona, plus there will be two 917/30s, including the car that dominated the 1973 Can-Am championship. In addition, a privately owned, STP-liveried 917/10 raced in period by Jo Siffert will join the parade.

This quintet, representing five decades of the Porsche 917, will take to the track on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other drivers will include Neel Jani, who won for Porsche at Le Sarthe in 2016, Top Gear’s Chris Harris, and motoring journalists Richard Meaden and Andrew Frankel.

Tickets to the 77th Members’ Meeting have now sold out. You can follow the action live on Goodwood Radio (87.7FM), while GRRC members can watch a live stream – and selected races will be shown live on Classic & Sports Car’s Facebook page (full details to follow!).


Images: Motorsport Images


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