Shaun Stubley Black


One of my all time favourite cars, the awesome Porsche 917 is simply one of the most iconic sports racers of all time.  Developed in 1969, it quickly earned itself a reputation as a “widow maker”, being relatively unstable and tricky to drive. However, once sorted, it went on to sweep all competition aside and became the car to beat, totally dominating sports car racing in the early seventies and ending Fords four year winning streak at Le Mans with its first victory there in 1970.   Campaigned in assorted short tailed and long tailed variants, piloted by such legends as Dickie Attwood, Pedro Rodriquez, Brian Redman and Jo Siffert, and painted in everything from pink to psychedelic green and purple, to many the 917 in general, and the K version in particular is the definitive Le Mans car; especially in Gulf colours.  In my view, nothing shouts Le Mans as loudly as a blue and orange Gulf liveried Porsche 917, as made famous by Steve McQueen in his film of the same name. Another sponsor synonymous with Porsche is Martini, and it was a Martini sponsored car that won the 917s 2nd Le Mans victory in 1971, in the hands of Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep.

Brothers In Arms





Oil on canvas