A Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K will grace Castle Combe Circuit for the 2018 instalment of the Autumn Classic race meeting, Saturday, 6 October.
Porsche racing fans will be shining their shutters as they hear the news that a stunning special guest, the Gulf-liveried ’69 917K (chassis #013/034), will attend the Castle Combe Circuit this month.
The petrolheads super-car will attend the circuit in-line with the race meeting’s theme of celebrating Le Mans icons this year.
Other attractions are said to include an array of Ford GT40s, who will be there to commemorate the car’s infamous 1968 outright win at the French endurance race.
Only around 59 to 65 917s were ever thought to have been produced, and of them, there were plenty of major variations to match different race series which the cars seemed to continually dominate in.
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Tom Davis, Castle Combe Circuit’s Head of Marketing says:
“We’re enormously thrilled to have Mr Finburgh’s very special car along for the Autumn Classic this year. “Although it will only be present in a static manner, it still promises to make many car enthusiasts’ days as they finally get to meet one of their heroes in the flesh.”
Finburgh’s flat-12, Gulf-liveried beauty carries the ‘917K’ moniker (meaning ‘kurzheck’, or ‘short-tail’) – an adaptation carried out by John Wyer Engineering just one year after the car was conceived in an attempt to quash the image of infamously unstable handling they developed for themselves early on.