Porsche 917 Martini n°22 (Marko – van Lennep) Le Mans 1971
Fourty years ago Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep did win the 24 hour race of Le Mans. With a Total distance of 5.335 km covered over 24 hours with an average speed of 222 km/h they set a record that stood for 39 years.
This record was broken by the Audi prototype. Audi belonging to the Volkswagen Group, to which Porsche will most likely belong shortly too.
At the Detroit motor show Porsche did present the 918 RSR, commonly called the 917 of the 21 st century. It seems as the marketing departement of Porsche did read its own history and deceided to give this car the number 22 (same number as the Le Mans winning 917).
Or how history seems to become more and more important to the Porsche company. Not too long ago it seemed as the company brass did not know of any marque history.
We at 911motorsport are very proud of the Porsche racing history and to try to keep it alive. Therefore, some years ago, we commissioned the well known American sculptor J. Paul Nesse a bronze model of the Porsche 917 Le Mans winning car.
It is Nesse’s artistic desire to bring an historic accuracy, and a romantic atmosphere to his subject matter. The figures that inhabit the bronzes are worked from life-models correctly posed and painstakingly portrayed. The accuracy of scale from automobile to figure, and from figure to figure,are the halmark of J.Paul Nesse’s exceptional skill. Satisfying the devoted enthusiast/collector’s desire for a joyfull, aesthetic experienc, is the happy result to which J.Paul Nesse has commited his career.