Got a close up of a ’69 Porsche 917K at Canepa Museum last week in Santa Cruz, California. Fantastic place. Get there if you can.
View a gallery after the jump below…
From an article by Wouter Melissen/Ultimate Carpage:
With less than ten months to go before the 1969 24 Hours of LeMans race, Porsche set out to design the new car, which represented the single biggest step in their racing history. Porsche’s strategy of gradual development had served them very well in the past, but Ferdinand Piech understood more was needed now to finally clinch the overall victory. According to very strong rumours Volkswagen funded approximately 2/3s of the costs of the racing program under the sole condition that Porsche would maintain the use of air-cooled engines for their competition cars. A very interesting way of promoting the air-cooled engine, which Volkswagen used in all of their cars of the day.
Simeone Museum’s YouTube Channel:
The Porsche 917 in action. The 917 was the other star of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans.
+ Source: Canepa Museum