The 917L (Long Tail) of Kurt Arens and Vic Elford is here leading the 917K (Short Tail) of Joe Siffert and Brian Redman, battling for the lead early in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. Neither car finished.
The 1960s, 1970 and 1980s saw the most beautifull race cars ever produced. Prototypes were beautiful, but dangerous. As regulations moved to create a safer sport, styling became less important than performace.
The first auto race that I attended being the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, I became a fan of the race and more specifically of the Ford GT40s. I started to draw the cars and build the scale models. I gradualy expanded my interest to other significant cars, as long as they had participated in the event, no matter what year it was. With Porsche being the brand that has scored the most victories, it's not difficult to understand why it is also one of my favorite subjects.
1969 was the forth time in as many years that a Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this time with a MK I entered by John Wyer Automotive Engineering and driven by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver. The same car had won the race the previous year. The Porsche 908, driven by Hans Hermann and Gerard Larrousse, finished second.The picture depicts the battle that lasted the final hour of the race during which the two cars exchanged the lead virtually every lap.