Gulf 917

Classic Cars (UK) - - Driven -

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.

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