Armchair Porsche 917 Restoration

Follow along with the brave restorers at Gunnar Racing as they tackle the restoration of a mystery 917. So far it looks like it might be 917-021, but apparently Gunnar took on this project without it’s serial number plate, so they’ll be relying on additional details to help establish it’s provenance. I’m willing to give the folks at Gunnar the benefit of the doubt, they’ve restored their share of 917s in the past, as well as examples of just about every other Porsche racing model. Perhaps the mystery is the reason they’ve chosen to document the hell out of their restoration. Whatever the motivation, I’m glad to see the frequent updates. They’re 12 releases into an ongoing YouTube video series documenting the process; everything from grinding down the paint to see the history of liveries, to suspension and transmission and my-word-that’s-scary-to-take-apart removals. Coupled with reams of photos on the restoration team’s blog, this is pure Stuttgart candy. They’re hoping to debut the restored car at this year’s Monterrey Historics, I can’t wait to see how it turns out. It’s nice to not have to wait until the debut to see the car, I’ll be following along closely on their YouTube channel.

You can also follow along on the 917 discussion forum at CKnet.

2 responses to “Armchair Porsche 917 Restoration”

  1. […] your eyes peeled for the yellow Porsche 917 – this is the 917-021 that Gunnar Racing has been documenting the restoration of. They finished it in time for the historics, which is an impressive restoration pace for any car. […]

  2. Sharon says:

    It’s official, we got our letter from Klaus Bischof of the Porsche Museum. “The Porsche 917-021 in your possession is the original David Piper Autorace/AAW Racing 1970 Le Mans entry. The car was raced by David Piper and Gijs van Lennep. The car crashed and did not finish the race. It was sent to Porsche for repairs and went from there to David Piper.”

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