Re­port from the 74th Mem­bers’ Meet­ing

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In any list of the great­est rac­ing sportscars of all time, the Porsche 917 will ap­pear more of­ten than most. In­cred­i­bly, the de­sign of this ground-break­ing Le Mans win­ner will soon be half a cen­tury old, but ex­am­ples still draw huge crowds when­ever they rarely break cover.

With typ­i­cal Good­wood panache, the demon­stra­tion ses­sions over the week­end in­cluded Group 5 sports cars of the era and no less than eight of the stun­ning 917s took to the track. It is now very rare to have so many 917s in ac­tion to­gether.

Among the driv­ers was 1970 Le Mans win­ner Richard Attwood, one of the men to truly tame the fear­some 917 in pe­riod.

How­ever, pride of place went to lo­cal hero Derek Bell in a 917 from the Porsche mu­seum. It was the chas­sis he tested at Good­wood back in 1970 be­fore be­ing of­fered a fac­tory drive.

“A unique and emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Bell of be­ing re­united with the 917 he drove in Sus­sex 46 years ago. “We didn’t have any imag­i­na­tion back then,” he ad­mit­ted when asked about the chal­lenge of driv­ing a car that was no­to­ri­ously tricky, yet ca­pa­ble of 240mph at Le Mans in long-tailed form.

Six 512s also made a fine sight (and sound), par­tic­u­larly the Coda Lunga of Franco Mein­ers, though Oliver Bryant looked quick­est in the Lola T70 he races reg­u­larly.

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