Witness the iconic Le Mans-winning Porsche’s 50th anniversary being celebrated at Goodwood in a demo including Webber and Attwood
The Porsche 917’s 50th birthday was marked at last weekend’s 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting with an on-track parade of examples of the car. Mark Webber, Richard Attwood – the first Le Mans winner in a 917 – as well as TV presenter Chris Harris were among those driving. And you can watch the parade in full below.
The 917 was born out of the obsession of Porsche’s Ferdinand Piëch with winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race. The car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 12, 1969, and was designed to not only break Porsche’s duck in the famous endurance event, but to dominate it.
Neel Jani, 2016 Le Mans 24 Hour winner for Porsche, also was on the parade as was Motor Sport’s contributing editor Andrew Frankel who drove a 917/30, as did Richard Meaden, while Harris piloted a 917K.
“To drive one of only two 917/30s to be raced by Mark Donohue in Can-Am is of course a dream come true,” said Frankel.
“But to be able to drive it as fast as I dared at a high-speed circuit like Goodwood so suited to its unique talents was beyond the powers of even my unconscious imagination until the moment it happened.
“The word ‘unforgettable’ is one of the most over-used in the dictionary but I mean it in the most literal sense. The memory of wheelspin at 120mph on the approach to Madgwick will live with me forever.”
Bringing up the rear of the parade was a privately-owned 917/10 bedecked in bright STP livery, which it wore in period when raced by Jo Siffert in the 1971 Can-Am Challenge.