Goodwood Members Meeting – Porsche 917 Heaven

Porsche 917 - Goodwood Members Meeting
The Goodwood Members Meeting changes up the gears today as the action begins at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit - Image courtesy Drew Gibson

Lights, camera and action as the Goodwood Members Meeting ignites the annual historical motor-sporting weekend at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Top Gear live-wire Chris Harris will join former F1 star Mark Webber and Le Mans winner Richard Attwood on a mission to celebrate the 50th anniversay of Porsche’s original Le Mans victor – the iconic Porsche 917.

The effervescent trio will endeavour to recreate some racing nostalgia as the 917s thrash around the hopefully dry tarmac in front of a bumper Goodwood crowd this weekend.

The Porsche 917

Born out of Ferdinand Piëch’s obsession with winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race outright, the 917 would give Porsche overall victories at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1970 and 1971. This brace of triumphs marked the first in what would become a record-breaking 19 wins over the next 47 years.

Chassis number 001 will spearhead the impressive parade and was originally used as the test model but has undergone extensive restoration at the Porsche Museum over the winter. Sharing driving duties at the Members’ Meeting will be original driver, and winner of the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours, Richard Attwood and 2015 World Sportscar Champion with Porsche, Mark Webber.

1969 Porsche 917K
1969 Porsche 917K

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Behind 917-001 will be three more cars from the Porsche Museum – the 1970 Daytona 24hr-winning 917K and two 917/30s, including the car that dominated the 1973 Can-Am championship, lapping at over 220mph at Talladega in the process.

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Mark Webber will also be on hand to drive one of the 917/30s, alongside fellow Porsche alumni and 2016 Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Neel Jani. Meanwhile, motoring journalists Richard Meaden and Andrew Frankel will put the 917/30s through their paces, and BBC Top Gear’s Chris Harris will get behind the wheel of the 917K.

Finally, a privately owned 91a 7/10 will bring the parade to a close in its bright STP livery which it wore in period when raced by Jo Siffert in the 1971 Can-Am Challenge.

Representing five decades since the 917 was born, these five cars will be in action on both Saturday and Sunday.

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