Le Mans - 1972 - Jo Bonnier fatal crash
Jo Bonnier was involved in an accident on the straight between Mulsanne
Corner and Indianapolis at Le Mans in 1972 when his open-top Lola-Cosworth
T280 collided with a Ferrari Daytona driven by a Swiss amateur driver
Florian Vetsch. His car was catapulted into the trees and he was killed.
Fellow racer Vic Elford saw the Ferrari burning furiously, and pulled his
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 over to the right side of the track and ran across the
track to the Ferrari, opening the door, attempting to get Vetsch out. But
Vetsch had already gotten out of the car and was on the side of the track
where Elford had parked his Alfa. Elford saw Vetsch and then saw the
wreckage of Bonnier's yellow Lola in the woods next to the track. According
to Elford, the last he saw of Bonnier's Lola was that it was "spinning into
the trees like a helicopter". Elford later handed off his Alfa to Helmut
Marko, but the gearbox froze solid and they dropped out of the race. Elford
later said "it was the first time in my racing career I'm glad my car
Le Mans 1977 Qualifying (Onboard Porsche 936)
Le Mans 1977 one lap without chicane. Top speed over 350 Km/h! Onboard with
the Porsche 936. This car has 540 PS (HP). The driver is Jürgen Barth.
This car won Le Mans in 1976 and 1977.
Le Mans - 1969 - John Woolfe fatal crash
Soon after the start the poor handling of the 917 and the inexperience of
the driver resulted in a drama: the death of British driver John Woolfe on
lap 1 when his private Porsche 917 crashed at Maison Blanche. Woolfe was
killed, probably due the fact that he had not bothered to put on his safety
belt. This was likely done because of the style of the traditional start
used at Le Mans until that year, in which drivers were required to run
across the track to their cars, climb in and get it started as quickly as
possible to pull away from the grid. Woolfe likely sacrificed strapping his
safety belts in order to gain a better start.
The nearly full fuel tank from Woolfe's car became dislodged and landed in
front of the oncoming Ferrari 312P of Chris Amon. Amon ran over it, causing
it to explode under his car, which led to his retirement. The race was
stopped for 2 hours due to these two first lap incidents, but was
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The Porsche 917 is a racecar that gave Porsche its first overall wins at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12
engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres, the 917/30 variant was capable of a 0-62
mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0--124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds,
and a top speed of over 240 mph (390 km/h).
There are 6 variants of the 917. The least-powerful version is the 917K
(the most successful), which produces around 620 bhp. There is also a
long-tail version (917LH), a "pig" version, modified 917K with the 908 rear
spoilers and the 917/30. In the 1973 Can-Am series, the turbocharged version Porsche 917/30 developed over
1,100 bhp (820 kW), and as much as 1,580 bhp (1,180 kW) in qualifying tune.
The 917 is one of the most iconic sports racing cars of all time, largely
for its high speeds and high power outputs, and was made into a movie star
by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film Le Mans.
2009 marked the 40th anniversary of the 917, and Porsche held a special
birthday celebration at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
On 9 August 1975, Porsche and Penske would give the Can-Am car its final
send off in style, when they took their 917/30 to Talladega to break the
FIA speed record on a closed circuit. With Mark Donohue driving, the
average speed reached was 221.160 mph (355.923 km/h). As well as being
the last official outing for the 917, it was the last major accomplishment
for Donohue before his fatal accident in practice for the Austrian Grand
Prix a week later. The record would stand until 1980.
Several 917 coupés as well as 917/10s (powered by turbos or NA engines) were run in Europe's
Interserie until the mid-1970s.
Many 917 leftover parts, especially chassis, suspension and brake
components, would be used to build the Porsche 936 in 1976.
Despite the car's impracticality, at least two 917s were road-registered.
Count Rossi of the Martini concern, bought chassis 030 from Porsche. He
raced it once under the Martini Racing Team Flag at the Zeltweg 1000km
World Championship race on 27th June 1971. After the race, it was returned
to the factory where it was modifed with basic road equipment (exterior
mirrors, turn signals, Exhaust system
and comfort modifications) and painted silver. European authorities refused
to certify the car for road use and Rossi obtained the Alabama plate
61-27737 to circumvent the problems.
The second, for Joachim Grossmann, was painted white and given the German
registration CW-K 917. The Danish car magazine Bilen in a 1977 article
details how Grossmann bought the frame and other components of the original
Chassis 021 which had crashed badly at Le Mans in 1970 for 20,000 DM,
rebuilt it and then modified it (examples: turn signals, hand brake, Safety
glass windows and some modifications to the Exhaust system) to satisfy German safety
inspectors leading to the registration. Grossmann's car is not officially
Chassis 021 because other parts from the 1970 wreck at Le Mans were mated
to spare frame components and retained the Chassis 021 designation.
Recently, high end replicas that use the flat-6 from the 911 have become
available. One is built in Australia by Kraftwerkz, another in the US
by Race-Car Replicas.
In addition, a grass roots "replica," the Laser 917, . which is
essentially a rebodied VW Beetle, was featured in the film Herbie Goes to
The Gulf Oil liveried 917 Kurzhecks are also prominently featured in the
Steve McQueen film Le Mans competing against Ferrari's 512 Coda Lunga.
In 1970,Hot Wheels released a Porsche 917 with some different designs.
La gran evasión - Steve McQueen.flv
Homenajeamos a Steve McQueen en el 30 aniversario de su muerte. Toda la
información sobre este apasionado de los coches, las carreras y el munto
del motor, aquí:
AUSmotive: Allan McNish crash Le Mans 2011 (HD)
Allan McNish in the #3 Audi R18 TDI was involved in a horrific accident in
the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour race. McNish made contact with the #58 Ferrari and
crashed heavily into the barriers just after the Dunlop bridge. Thankfully
he was able to walk away with no major injury.
Best-of Porsche 917
A tribute to the most worderfull race car: the Porsche 917.
Thanks to Antti for the inspiration...
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