Can-Am Porsche 917/10 & 917/30 Team Penske art print

 

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Can-Am Porsche 917/10 & 917/30 Team Penske fine car art by Terry Smith.

Gallery quality Giclée print made on 310 gsm natural white, ultra smooth, 100% cellulose acid-free free paper combined with advanced digital dry ink printing.

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This beautiful Team Penske artwork by Terry Smith is telling the last part of the epic story of 917 in an extremely special way. It is like that because those are not just the last, most powerful and brutal incarnations of a legendary car but also because this particular artwork is created by the artist who designed their liveries.

Porsche 917/10 turbo Canam LM livery terry smith penske team
David Newhardt via Mecum Auctions

That’s right, back in the day Terry Smith created the sleek L&M and Sunoco liveries for Team Penske Can-Am Porsche 917/10 and 917/30. These cars were so good at racing that forced McLaren to leave Can-Am series and the 917/30 is known as Can-Am killer because it won 6 out of 8 competition during season 1972.

Nicknamed the “Turbopanzer”, 917/30 in Sunoco livery was a pure monster. Its turbocharged air-cooled flat-12 engine was capable of power range between 1100 and 1580 hp, adjustable via dashboard controller. Weighing just 820 kg, Porsche 917/30 had power to weight ratio as of 2000 hp per tonne, which was and still is nothing less than insane. 1973 Can-Am Porsche was good enough for sprint times like 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.9 seconds, 0-100 mph (160 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, 0-200 mph (320 km/h) in 10.9 seconds, and top speed of more than 260 mph (420 km/h). Some motorsports historians claim that the Turbopanzer is the most powerful racing car ever turned a wheel on asphalt.

can-am-porsche-917-2
Simon Clay via RM Auctions

The truth is that the epic success of the Turbopanzer wouldn’t be possible if 917/10 didn’t gave its best a year earlier. L&M livered Can-Am Porsche 917/10 wasn’t this powerful but it was good enough to block McLaren`s 5-year dominance in the Can-Am series. Powered by the 5-liter air-cooled flat-12, 917/10 was rated at 850 hp. This car demanded respect of its drivers as Mark Donohue learned the hard way. A racing accident left sidelined him with broken preventing him from winning 1972 Can-Am title. It was a bitter rivalry between Follmer and Donohue, for sure.

Now you can own this beautiful Can-Am Team Penske art beautifully created by Terry Smith, the man who designed their L&M and Sunoco liveries, and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.

 

Born and raised in Detroit, Terry Smith has been a part of the Commercial Art Scene since 1953. Back then it was Automotive Illustration with art board, Windsor Newton Designers’ watercolors, paint brushes and airbrushes instead of Photography and Computer Graphics. Throughout the late sixties and early seventies he was painting car illustrations for catalogs and national ads for the big three automotive companies.

In 1972 I met and got involved with Roger Penske and his Indy Car and Can Am racing programs. That venture had me designing color schemes for Penske sponsored race cars during the Mark Donahue and Peter Revson era. I guess my claim to fame at that time was designing the color schemes for the white L&M Porsche 917-10 and blue Sunoco 917-30 Can Am cars that Donahue and George Follmer raced in the early seventies.

In 1987 Terry teamed up with his son and started using a Macintosh computer when Desktop Publishing was in it’s infancy.  He put aside his paint and paintbrushes and started the long journey into the world of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Page Maker.

From 1987 until 2005 Terry Smith was designing brochures, logos, training manuals and line drawings. However, he had never thought of or even tried doingfull-colorr car illustrations on the computer. It wasn’t until after he retired and his son brought his old computer to him in 2010, that Terry Smith thought about giving car illustration a try on the computer.

At Simply Petrol we are extremely happy to give you access to the #FineCarArt of Terry Smith.

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Size

Large – 43.3 x 26.2 inches | 110 x 66,5 cm, Medium – 32.7 x 19.7 inches | 83 x 50 cm, Mini – 13.8 x 8.5 inches | 35 x 21,5 cm, Small – 19.7 x 12.2 inches | 50 x 31 cm, X-Large – 58.7 x 35.4 inches | 149 x 90 cm

Your art print

1. Framing

A frame is not included. Your #finecarart print deserves frame of its own that fits best to the environment you`d like to place it.

2. Shipping

You can choose between STANDARD and EXPRESS delivery. Visit our Shipping page to check out the delivery options in order to pick what fits your needs. You`ll find shortcut at the footer section of Simply Petrol.

3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Terry Smith
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