Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia Concours

Porsche's most dominant Daytona winner joins Amelia's Salute to the 50th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Daytona

Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia ConcoursThe Porsche 917K that won a lopsided victory in the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona will appear at the 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of the salute honoring the Daytona 24 Hours’ 50th anniversary.

Wearing Gulf’s famous blue and orange for the first time in competition at Daytona, 1970 the potent 600 hp, 230 mph Porsche 917 coupe would become Porsche’s second Daytona 24 winner and the undisputed king of World Championship Sports car racing for two seasons.

Driven by Pedro Rodriguez, Finland’s Leo Kinnunen and 2000 Amelia Concours Honoree Brian Redman, the #2 917K Gulf Porsche dominated the first round of the 1970 International Championship of Makes winning Daytona by 45 laps – more than 171 miles! Redman was installed in the leading #2 Porsche while the 917K he shared with Swiss sports car and Formula 1 ace Jo Siffert had transmission repairs.

“They had trouble communicating with Leo Kinnunen, who didn’t speak much English,” Said Redman later, “They couldn’t make him understand that he should slow down… because they had a good lead.”

The Porsche 917K Redman shared with Siffert eventually finished second, giving Porsche a one-two finish, making Redman the first racer in history to place first and second in the same Daytona 24 Hours.

Rodriguez and Kinnunen went on to win three more World Championship races in 1970. With wins in every round of the 1970 championship season, except the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche won an equally lopsided championship victory over arch rival Ferrari.

The 1970 Daytona winner did not race again and was modified to Interseries specification as an open cockpit “spyder” in 1971. Kinnunen was reunited with his modified Daytona winner and raced it to the 1971 Interseries Championship. Kinnunen went on to win the Interseries Championship for three consecutive years. The 1970 Daytona 24 Hour winner was restored to Daytona-winning specification and still competes in high profile vintage and historic car races driven by its owner, Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California.

Breaking News:

Al Satterwhite to be among several automobile writers attending the book signing event during Concours weekend. The book signings will take place on the afternoon of Saturday March 10th. Mr. Satterwhite will be selling and autographing his new limited edition (100 copies) book titled “the Racers”. In addition Mr. Satterwhite will have archival limited edition prints available for sale.

His book “the Racers” brings together a portfolio of award-winning photographer, Al Satterwhite’s, stunning black & white photographs of the most exciting decade of racing. From 1963-1973 the Daytona 24-Hour and Sebring 12-Hour races represented a time of profound change in racing as cars reached unheard of speeds, while advances in handling and aerodynamics forever changed the course of racing.

Al captured it all with his keen eye for action and composition and brings it to you in this exclusive collector’s limited edition book. You’ll get an intimate, never published before’ glimpse behind the scenes of drivers, action in the pits and on the circuit. Al’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and has been published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, and Playboy.

About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Now in its second decade, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 9-11, 2012.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

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