Through the beginning history of the race, Maserati and Aston Martin featured strongly, with a switch to Ferrari in the early 1960’s, then to Porsche in the later part of that decade.
For the 1971 edition, Porsche had an extremely strong presence there, with a least 9 models represented – 917K, 910, 908/03 & /02, 907, 906, 911T & S, 914/6 – a real armada!
The only cars providing a real challenge to the Porsches were the Ferrari’s (models 512M & S, 312PB, Dino 246GT) and the Alfa Romeo’s (models T33/3 & /2, GTA).
The S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC 312PB of Jacky Ickx/Clay Regazzoni took the pole grid post, followed by the Autodelta S.p.A. Alfa Romeo T33/3 of Rolf Stommelen/Nanni Galli and the International Martini Racing Team Porsche 908/3 of Vic Elford/Gérard Larrousse.
Acrylic on 12”x 10” (30.48cm x 25.4cm) canvas
© Paul Chenard 2015 – Original painting available.
Elford quickly took an early lead and, together with Larrousse, won the race, followed by the 908/3’s of Pedro Rodroguez/Jo Siffert and of Gijs van Lennep/Helmut Marko.
A very Porsche clean sweep … they took 7 of the top 10 places!