The ‘slow’ Porsche that started a Le Mans legend
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The ‘slow’ Porsche that started a Le Mans legend

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Fifty years ago Porsche took its inaugural win at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1970. KEVIN TURNER tells the improbable story of the car that got the ball rolling for the 24 Hours' most successful manufacturer

Richard Attwood thought he had got it wrong. After having the fastest car in the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours and being robbed of victory by unreliability, he now believed he'd been too conservative for the 1970 race.

Porsche was still searching for its first win in the French classic. The handling of its initially evil 917 monster had been sorted, but Attwood's main focus when asked which version he would like had been stability and reliability.

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Teams Porsche Team
Author Kevin Turner