John Hartland my partner in the 917 project received an interesting call on April 4th from the Goodwood Festival of Speed team. They had a problem........the Central Feature was to be a display of 6 Iconic Porsches for their 70th Anniversary.

And the problem, was that they could not source an original Porsche 917 for the display to display alongside the 5 original Porsches. Now 18 months ago when we displayed at the London Classic Car Show, unknown to John and I, our project was viewed by one of the Duke of Richmond's top advisors. And the message taken back to the Festival and Porsche teams was that our Icon 917 was the most authentic replica / re-creation under development. So when faced with all the original 917’s either being raced at the Le Mans Classic, or to be available to go up the hill, they approach John and I to ask if we could kindly loan my prototype to go some 35m up in the sky on the Central Feature!

This was a massive accolade and recognition of the last 6 years work and there was no hesitation, well perhaps 30 seconds for this request to sink in! But then I had a major problem.....door locks, rear body latches, rear wheel arches, windscreen, engine floor, Flat 12 fan cover and fan etc. All these items either needed sourcing, or designing, then manufactured and finally fitted before delivering to Goodwood on Friday 22nd June!

Oh yes and we needed to measure the track widths rim positions, so that the fabrication company could make the mounting plinth, as the car only had one chance to fit the plinth to meet the extremely tight timing plan for the assembly of the display. The project manager visited me to take measurements and discuss any other safety concerns, like no door latches, and an additional strap to clamp the rear body down to the chassis. So what followed the initial approach from the Goodwood team was 6 or 7 weeks of flat-out preparation by myself. Including at the request of Porsche to have the car wrapped in Gulf colours! So this is how our Icon 917K has changed from the Porsche prototype colour of Grand Prix white to Gulf colours. But It will be returning to white at the next event we attend.

Goodwood were fantastic, John and I were invited down to witness the loading of the car onto the spider arm, and 1 week later to view the lift of the spider with 6 cars 35meters into the air to be mounted onto the central spire. They gave us tickets to the Grand Ball, the Drivers Club, and general admission for the families.

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