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!

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