GULF PORSCHE 917 ROARS AGAIN AT SONOMA SPEED FESTIVALRyan
The inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival will play host to the competition return of two of endurance racing’s greatest icons.
The bold, blue-and-orange color combination of Gulf Oil has become one of the most famous in motorsports, thanks both to incredible successes on the racetrack and a star turn in Steve McQueen’s 1971 film “Le Mans”. By the time Gulf Oil-sponsored John Wyer Racing began fielding Porsches in 1970, the team had already become a legend in endurance racing with back-to-back victories at Le Mans in an aging Ford GT40 in 1968 and 1969.
Wyer’s fortunes with the new Porsche 917 were similarly strong, earning victories at prestigious endurance races around Europe and securing back-to-back World Sportscar Championship titles for driver Pedro Rodriguez. The team could not capture another victory at Le Mans with the car, but the image of pale blue and orange Porsches dominating the circuit had been firmly planted in the public consciousness by the time the car was retired in 1972. Not one but two of these iconic machines will return to wheel-to-wheel racing once more in our 1964-73 FIA Manufacturers Championship Race Group, alongside period rivals from Ferrari, Lola, Ford and more.
These and nine other iconic Race Groups spanning from the Brass Era to cutting-edge modern racing machines will take on the challenging hills of Sonoma Raceway in the heart of California wine country from May 31st to June 2nd. In addition, the inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival will feature unique interactive displays, gourmet food and wine pairings from world-class vineyards and much more. Don’t miss this historic event, Purchase your tickets now at this link.