The cover and 7-page Salon hones in on the 1971 Martini Racing Porsche 917 019 that now resides in the Rev Institute’s museum in Naples, Florida. Porsche produced the most awesome racing sports car of the 20th century with the 917. What a car and what a story!
Writer David Linden looks back on the battle for the win in the 1975 Indianapolis 500 between Bobby Unser and Johnny Rutherford, a race that saw a horrendous crash involving Tom Sneva and one that was shortened to 174 laps because of a monsoon rainstorm. It was Unser’s second win in the “500,” and wait until you read his anecdotes.
We also explore the amazing career of driver John Morton, who started as a broom sweep for Team Shelby, won four championships in BRE Datsuns, raced dragsters and sprint cars, Can-Am monsters, wild GTP machines, and today, some of motorsport’s most revered historic race cars.
In our Road Stir series, “Barn Find Hunter” Tom Cotter takes out a 1st gen 340hp ’62 Corvette, a sports car that made it easier than ever to go road racing, especially if certain options were selected. He called it a “religious experience.”
John Paul Jr. tells us about his favorite race, the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring, where his Porsche 935 suffered from a dropped cylinder and other maladies, yet he and his father managed to win the grueling event because of a great crew effort, his sensitive throttle foot and much perseverance.
Vintage racing events that recently waved the green flag include SVRA’s Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival and VSCDA’s Blackhawk Classic, so read all about the great turnouts and racing that took place.
Of course, columns by BS Levy, Jochen Mass, Pete Lyons, Jeff Allison, Fritz Frommeyer and D. Randy Riggs are here as well, along with our auction reports by John L. Stein.