Porsche 917 LH Martini and 917 Gulf livery

We love all 917s. Although the Porsche 917 Gulf and Porsche 917 LH Martini livery have a special place in our hearts. While Steve McQueen's movie Le Man made the Gulf Oil Corporation vivid blue and orange 917 a celebrity, the Martini livery Porsche 917 #21 illustrated here was the first vehicle that breached the 150 mph average speed at Le Mans. 


Porsche 917 LH #21 Martini - The record holder

The abbreviation LH stood for Lang Heck; Longtail from German. The longer overall shape of the car made it more stable at higher speeds. This was perfect for the long Mulsanne straight of Le Mans.

“I fell in love with the 917 when I went to the auto show at Geneva in March [1969]. It was upon the pedestal, it was big and gorgeous, a wonderful car, and I immediately fell in love with it. I then started lobbying Piëch to have one for Le Mans,” Vic Elford said in an interview. In the 1969 edition of Le Mans, he partnered behind the wheel with and Richard Attwood. 

Unfortunately, the car retired after racicng foer 21 hours straight.  A split housing made the car retire while being at first place, six laps ahead of the second. A year later, the same car very car was steered again by Elford, but this time in a team with Kurt Ahrens. 

While qualifying Ahrens set the quickest time with 3:19.8 min. He averaged 150.798 mph — a record which will stand for several years. Unluckily, the 917 LH wasn’t able to finish again. This time due to inlet valve failure. Today, this car is part of the Porsche Museum Exhibition.


Porsche 917 LH #20 Gulf livery - The movie star

The Porsche 917 #20 with hassis No 024, coloured in the Gulf livery on the right is the car that was pictured in the Le Mans movie by Steve McQueen. In the movie, Steve McQueen crashes his Porsche 917 Gulf #20, but in reality, it was a Lola in Porsche clothing. Later he continues to race with Porsche 917 Gulf #21, in which he crosses the line in second place after a wheel-to-wheel battle with his Ferrari rival.



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