This is a man who drove the mighty Porsche 917 into fame. It was the only time a car was a bigger star than he was.
Happy 917 Day – For Those Who Get It
This is Jo Siffert at Daytona in 1970 in a Gulf Porsche 917. Out of all of the versions of this dominating car, this was both my favorite and my first encounter with it. He was my favorite driver and died too young.
It was the first time I’d seen a car go over 200 MPH in person. I was young, so it was impressive.
I was already a Porschefile by this point, but that day cemented it home.
I’ve seen them race many times, but I was with my Dad that day and it still is memorable for me.
Later, the car was the star of the movie Le Mans. Steve McQueen was in the movie, the king of cool, but the car outshone him.
Some call it the greatest sports car ever, and for those of us who have seen it race, we understand why.
After all…..this is the greatest line ever in a car movie.
Happy 917 Day – Porsche Version
Perhaps the greatest sports car ever built and the star of a movie with Steve McQueen, this car was so dominant that it got banned not once but twice. It is recognized by most aficionados as one of the top cars in any list of the greatest cars.
It’s longevity, reputation and star appeal are it’s own, and enough to hold up to the King of Cool.