Le Mans 24 Hours 1969 – Porsche 917
Vic at the wheel of the Porsche 917
Signed by Vic Elford
Sizes: 5 X 7″ or 8 x 10″ (13 x 18 cm or 20 x 25 cm)
From Vic’s book:
The 917 had been nicknamed “the undriveable monster”, Richard hated it, I had no real problems with it, as long as I was excessively careful and precise in the way I drove it. Once, during the night, I had just reached maximum speed when one of two Porsche 911s that had been slip-streaming each other on the right side of the road decided to pull out and overtake. The only problem was that they were doing about 165mph and I was at 225 – and it was going to take a long time for one 911 to get past another 911. Braking was not an option as I was already too close to be able to slow down. So the only thing was to press my foot hard on the throttle, keeping 917 as stable as possible, and go past both of them with the two left-side wheels in the grass.
The car ran like clockwork through the night, and even Piëch, Bott, and everyone else in the Porsche pit became optimistic. Unfortunately, it was not to be. About three hours from the finish, Richard brought the car to a stop in front of the pit.
Racing can be quite disappointing!