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From the Editor…
I make no apologies for the heavy 917 bias in this issue – after all, like its kid brother the 914, the legendary endurance racer is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
To kick things off, we have an eight-page look back at the birth, life and rebirth of the original 917, chassis 917-001, which made its debut at Geneva in 1969, and reappeared this year at Stuttgart and Goodwood. Kieron Fennelly looks back on the life of Hans Mezger, the man responsible for designing the 917’s complex engine and, finally, Karl Ludvigsen raids his archives to uncover the story of how the 917’s engine was turbocharged to enable Porsche to dominate the Can-Am series. I hope you enjoy the features as much as we did putting them together.
“KARMANN, IT SEEMS, LOVES MID-ENGINED PORSCHES, AS DO WE…”
I’ve just returned from a 2000-mile round trip to Germany and Belgium to attend a couple of events, dropping in on the old Karmann works at Osnabrück, where my 914 was built. I was fortunate to be shown round the private museum, which houses an example of every car this historic coachbuilder has been involved with. As the company went bust some while ago, and was bought out by VW, it came as a surprise to learn that some modern Porsche Caymans were built there. Karmann, it seems, loves mid-engined Porsches, as do we…