By Jay Gillotti, £275, daltonwatson.
com, ISBN 978 1 85443 299 5 Gulf 917 is the story of several moments of greatness, all borne by the confluence of Porsche’s problemchild 917 being perfected at the same time as John Wyer’s Gulf racing team took them on.
Following early chapters, in which Gillotti sets Porsche’s engineers and Wyer’s strategists, fresh from their Ford GT40 experience, on a collision course, he then turns his attention to each of the 917s run at some point by the Gulf team. Amazingly, many of the 917s Wyer made winners were effectively secondhand cars, and here we get their early works history as well as later lives converted for use in Interserie and Can-am before being restored to former Gulf glory. Although Gillotti draws heavily on other writers’ work to tell the Gulf 917 story, it’s the way he collates his sources that lends Gulf 917 a sense of completeness. If a source is available, Gillotti has found it and quoted it. An expensive book at £275, but beautifully put together.