We have had a well-connected marketing man Michael Hodges I met on the STP stand at Autosport 2013, who has been following our project since then. And one of his connections was the editor of Octane James Elliott. After some discussion James agreed to writing an article about our 917 project. We needed to do some shake down runs and James recommended Bruntingthorpe aerodrome for the drive and photo shoot.

We arrived at Bruntingthorpe the day before the Octane shoot to do the shake down runs, and all went well on the Wednesday with no problems after several runs and around 50 miles on the clock but limiting the engine to 5000rpm as still running in. So we were all ready for Thursday when James arrived at 11.00. And the rest of the day went very well, best to read the pdf of the Octane article, or go and find Octane Issue 193/ July 2019.

At the 2017 London Classic Car Show (LCCS) we had a visit from the renowned freelance Automotive journalist Johnny Tippler who writes for several top magazines and has over 40 automotive books to his name. We had a great chat and Johnny said he would like to do an article for 911 & Porsche World once the 917 was completed.

From memory Johnny got in touch later in 2017 and came over to have a chat to John and I, and take some photos of the car still in the build phase. Then another year past in which the 90% completed car was displayed 35m up in the air at Goodwood, and then we finally got her running in Nov 2018. Johnny again contacted us early 2019 and we set-up a photo shoot and drive at Bentwater on the 20th February, 2 weeks after the 2019 LCCS Grand Avenue appearance.

The 917 was still not road legal so Alex my trusty transport man was hired to ship trailer the 917 to Bentwater. The weather was very kind and photo shoot and drive went very well with one minor prototype problem with the gear selection. Only other problem was fitting Johnny 6 foot frame into the cockpit with his trademark hat! Johnny wrote a great article, and I think enjoyed the drive. Promised him the opportunity to have another drive on the UK roads once the 917 was through the IVA, and road legal....which it is now!

I had a big push leading up to the London Classic Car Show in late Feb, to get the oil cooler, oil tank, fuel tank, sill stowage bins, battery tray and the original rear stowage bins designed, manufactured and fitted. These were all manufactured by Pro Alloy, who I must thank for the detailed feedback on all the designs to optimise the for efficiency and manufacture. The quality of their welding is stunning!

Also did the first fit of the door windows, headlamp covers, headlamps, rear lamps seat belts and several other items. We have added a few photos of our London Classic Car Show stand taken before the doors opened on the Thursday Gala evening. Very hectic 4 days talking to many people about the project and the many engineering challenges. Such as chassis manufacture, replicating the magnesium rims for road legal tyres, windscreens for road legality, and the many issues involved with gaining IVA approval.
And had 2 high points from the show. The first was having a lovely chat with a certain David Piper and his wife. During which we discussed why he took moulds from 010 (for the 1970 Le-Man's winner replica), and that the bodyshell I had bought also came from those moulds. And thus confirming the reason why I immediately bought it back in 2011, because it looked so accurate to the originals! David was also very complimentary regards the build in general, making the 5 year reverse engineering journey very rewarding. Now we need to finish it, get road legality, and drive it down to show him!
The second high point was Dick Crosthwaite (of Crosthwaite and Gardiner) dropping into the stand for a 20 minute chat on the Sunday morning. Again he was very complimentary regards the build and especially the 1-piece magnesium wheels which we had to design and manufacture to specific widths to fit road legal tyres. And he extended an invitation for us to visit the factory.

The London Classic Car Show

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