The Porsche 917 is the prototype that has set all the records on the Le Mans 24-Hours circuit, whether in its short-tail version (K, outright distance record (5335,313 kms) or in its LM (long tail version) the quickest timed lap ever set (3m 13.6s).
One of these fabulous prototypes belongs to the ACO, as it was given to the club in 1972 by Porsche. It has been on show in the museum for a long time as well as at various exhibitions, and the mythic Porsche 917 LH (chassis 045) deserved a restoration.
This has now been carried out thanks to the Heritage Foundation and the sponsorship of the Motul petrol group. Porsche changed the engine after the race and the car arrived in the Sarthe ready to run. It was restored this winter.
Gérard Larrousse, winner of the Sebring 12 Hours in a Porsche 917 in 1971, the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1973 and 1974, and an ACO administrator, will have the honour of driving the Porsche during the Le Mans week. The display will take place on the pits straight on the mythic Le Mans 24-Hours circuit on Tuesday 8th June at 11h00.
Several runs will be done in the presence of Frédéric Néraud, the General Manager of the Heritage Foundation, Jean-Michel Jolivel, regional delegate of the Pays de la Loire of the Heritage Foundation, Yves Junne, Vice President Motul, Hervé Amélot, Motul General Manager and Roland de Luart, the President of the Sarthe General Council.
A symbolic key will be given to Jean-Claude Plassart, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest President.
An unmissable rendez-vous!