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VIDEO: PORSCHE 917-021 THE FABULOUS STORY LIMITED EDITION BOOK AVAILABLE NOW

The real story of 917-021

The Porsche 917chassis number 021, was built in 1969

and was part of the first batch of twenty-five 917s.

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The numbers are limited and that’s why you are the first to be told about the on-line site on which you can order this eagerly-awaited book: “Porsche 917-021, The fabulous story.”

Don’t miss out – order your copy now!

You can now (starting December 10) buy the book via the on-line site on which you will also find the addresses of the distributors. http://www.917-021.com/en/order

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There is a short video to accompany this event. Enjoy!

Enjoy reading the story of the Porsche 917-021 – the real one!

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The real story of 917-021

The Porsche 917chassis number 021, was built in 1969 and was part of the first batch of twenty-five 917s.

In April 1970, it was sold to the Finnish AAW team and then painted in the red and yellow colours of its title sponsor. The car’s first race, the Monza 1000 kms, was really an extended test session and it saw the flag in eleventh place. Next came the Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km in which Laine-van Lennep improved to fifth overall. Two weeks later tragedy struck at the Nürburgring when Hans Laine was killed in practice in the AAW team’s Porsche 908/2.

The 917 did not take part in the following day’s race.David Piper and van Lennep drove 021 in the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the Englishman crashed in pouring rain in the Dunlop curve when in third place. He brought the car back to its pit where it was repaired. Van Lennep went back out and was eliminated when a tyre exploded on the Mulsanne straight due to excessive wear caused by the twisted chassis. The 917 was sent back to the factory for repairs. Given the lack of time available before its next race (Norisring) Porsche took chassis 012 from stock. It had been repaired in Stuttgart and all the mechanical components from 021 were grafted onto it and the chassis was renamed 021.

On 28th June it arrived at the Norisring for the Interserie race with a provisional decoration: a white front bonnet and a yellow engine cover. Hans-Dieter Dechent, the Martini boss, then rented 021. He had it painted in the psychedelic mauve and green livery seen on the long-tail 917 (chassis 043) that came second in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours. He entered it for van Lennep-Larrousse in the Watkins Glen 6 Hours in the USA and the CanAm event the following day. On 23rd August the Porsche sported a new red and yellow psychedelic livery, the AAW team’s colours, for the Keimola Interserie race in which it scored its first win. On 20th September van Lennep clinched victory no.2 in the Zandvoort Trophy.

In the Paris 1000 km 021 retired with blown valves with van Lennep at the wheel. The 917’s last race for the Martini team was the Kyalami 9 Hours with Siffert and Ahrens. The car had a 5-litre engine for the South African event and it saw the flag in second place. 021 then went back to Porsche where its engine was removed and installed in the 917 01-021 spyder for the AAW team in 1971. The original chassis and bodywork as sold to Manfred Freisinger in 1972. Three years later Joachim Grossmann bought and restored 917-021. He painted it white, detuned the engine and used it as his road car! In 1983, it was sold to American collector Don Marsh. In 1996, he put it back in to its Watkins Glen configuration although the colours and arabesques did not exactly correspond to the original livery. Bobby Rahal bought 021 in 2002 and sold it on to Juan Barazi the following year.

Vincent Gaye purchased 021 at the end of 2007 and decided to carry out a full restoration. The car turned a wheel for the first time in 2011.

Discover the history and the technical secrets of its legendary 180° V12 engine, the car’s soul. Also pictured are its liveries and decorations starting with the classic red and yellow Shell paintwork and finishing with the two psychedelic colour schemes that marked its 1970 racing career.

The book also describes the meeting with Joachim Grossmann, the only other man (with Count Rossi) to have registered a 917 as a road-going car!

The story of the Porsche 917’s exceptional restoration and its return to the track will give the reader never-before published insight’s into one of the greatest racing cars in the history of motor racing!

THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE STARTING DEC 10TH, CHECK THE ONLINE WEBSITE BELOW FOR DETAILS

Source: www.917-021.com

 

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Porsche works driver Hans Herrmann inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame – Prestigious accolade

Hans Herrmann inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame

Press Release

16/03/2012


Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is delighted to announce

that a special accolade has been awarded to one of its most successful works drivers.

Hans Herrmann, born in 1928, was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame

on 16 March 2012. This prestigious award from the organizers of the

famous American racing circuit was announced in the run-up to this

year’s 12 Hours of Sebring, which was held for the sixtieth time in 2012.

Also inducted to the Sebring Hall of Fame were the American racing legends

Geoff Brabham, Denise McCluggage, Johnny O’Connell and Jim Downing.

In a racing career spanning from 1953 to 1970, Hans Herrmann was twice

the overall winner at Sebring. In 1960, he won the legendary twelve-hour race

in a Porsche 718 RS60 with Oliver Gendebien, and repeated the feat in 1968,

in a Porsche 908 with Jo Siffert.

He also won his class for Porsche in 1956 and 1966. His first overall victory at

the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960 was one of the most important wins in

Porsche’s racing history.

This was the first outing for the new Type 718 RS60 1.6 liter car, and it ended

in a double victory for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer as the Porsche teams

of Herrmann/Gendebien and Holbert/Schechter crossed the line in front of their

competitors from the 3-litre class.

Hans Herrmann is one of Porsche’s most successful works drivers.

Born on 23 February 1928 in Stuttgart, the endurance specialist is

regarded as one of the most reliable and consistent drivers of all time.

Here is a video that I found on Youtube done in 2008 in tribute to his birthday               at age 80 in 2008…has some great vintage film and pictures of Hans Hermann 

During his motor racing career, Hans Herrmann notched up more than

80 overall wins and class victories for manufacturers such as Porsche,

Mercedes-Benz, Borgward and Abarth. In 1953, 1954 and 1955 he

was German champion in the 1500 cc class, and manufacturers’

World Champion in 1969 in 1970.

Hans Herrmann achieved his greatest victories in cars made in

Zuffenhausen: at the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Carrera Panamericana

and in Le Mans, where he achieved Porsche’s first overall victory

in a 917 in 1970.

After his triumph at Le Mans, Hans Herrmann retired from active racing

at the age of 42.

 

SOURCE:: Porsche AG Press Media Database

 

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Porsche congratulates Derek Bell – Famous works driver celebrates 70th birthday

Happy Birthday Derek Bell!

Porsche congratulates Derek Bell

Stuttgart. Derek Bell, one of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG’s most successful works drivers, will celebrate his 70th birthday on 31 October 2011.

Derek Bell (GB), five times winner at Le Mans.
He won two World Sportscar Championship titles in 1985-86, the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in 1986-87 and 1989 and Le Mans five times in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987, mostly teamed with Jacky Ickx in one of the Porsche 936 and Porsche 956/Porsche 962 models. Ickx/Bell is nowadays considered as one of the most famous pairings in motorsport history.

Born in Pinner, Middlesex, Great Britain in 1941, Bell is considered to be one of the most versatile and popular racing drivers of his time.

VIDEO: Derek Bell in car Porsche 956 at Nordschleife. Derek Bell drives and describes a lap in a Porsche 956 around the old Nurburgring

Matthias Müller, Porsche AG’s Chairman of the Board of Management has this to say about the birthday boy:

Derek Bell in Monza, 1983

“Derek Bell made motorsport history with Porsche. Whether it was in a 917, 936 or 956 – he was always one of the fastest and above all most reliable drivers. Derek Bell won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times for Porsche. He won the world championship twice. For that we owe him our gratitude and great respect.” ~ Matthias Müller, Porsche AG’s Chairman of the Board of Management

Derek Bell began his racing career with Lotus in 1964. In Formula 1 he then took his place on the starting grid for Ferrari in 1969. In the 1971 season he drove the Porsche 917 and 908/03 racing cars for the Porsche-Gulf team, forming a successful driver duo with Jo Siffert.

Porsche 917 KH Coupé in Spa, 1971, Drivers: Jo Siffert and Derek Bell

This was followed by appearances in the Porsche 934 and 935 in 1976 and 1977 before Derek Bell took his place on the Le Mans starting grid as a works driver in the 924 Carrera GT. In 1981, together with Jacky Ickx in the Porsche 936/81 Spyder, he won the first of his total of four Le Mans overall victories in a Porsche.

1982 saw the beginning of the Group C era with the Porsche 956 during which time Bell made his mark as one of the most successful endurance drivers of all time.

Derek Bell in Brands Hatch, 1971

VIDEO: Derek Bell in the Porsche 956 gives a running commentary at Brands Hatch.

Together with drivers such as Jacky Ickx, Stefan Bellof and Hans-Joachim-Stuck, he not merely won numerous overall victories in the Types 956 and 962 but also the World Sportscar Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Derek Bell remains in close contact with Porsche to this very day, constantly undertaking ambassadorial tasks for the Stuttgart-based sportscar manufacturer, such as for example at the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring or at this year’s Corso to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the car.

Porsche 956 in Le Mans, 1983, Drivers: Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell

Derek Bell, driver of the #17 Rothmans Racing Porsche 962C celebrates with champagne after winning the FIA World Sportscar Championship 24 Hours of Le Mans on 14th June 1988 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)

Photos: Haynes –  For further information, visit www.haynes.co.uk.

There’s no question that Derek Bell also remained faithful to the Porsche brand off the race track:

To this very day he can be seen on Britain’s roads driving a 1981 vintage Porsche 924 Carrera GTS.

Derek Bell’s GTS, a special one in that it has a factory fitted road interior with carpets and road seats, one of only 2 done like that.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database
Public Relations and Media
Porsche-Museum – Astrid Böttinger

 

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