German Engineering, Hollywood Ending
24 Hours Le Mans, France / 13-14 June 1970
The rain poured down for much of the 1970 Le Mans, but that wasn’t enough to keep the movie cameras away. Much of the action from the race was used in the 1971 Steve McQueen film of the same name; with the Porsche 917 playing a supporting role.
Here we see the 917K, driven by the team of Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood, cruising through the deluge on their way to claim Porsche’s first-ever win at Le Mans.
Hermann, who was 43 at the time, promised his wife before the race that if he won, he would immediately retire from racing. He had only been half-joking, but after having witnessed too many tragic deaths in the past, and having just earned the most dramatic win of his career, he decided to make good on his promise and finish his career with a happy ending.
More about this artwork
Each car is built from scratch, according to the model’s exact historic specifications.
The preparation of each car takes 2 highly specialized artists up to 2 months to complete.
Countless hours are necessary to rebuild the car and/or environment in the exact same condition it used to be.
We always strive to depict the car’s authentic racing condition – including any dirt and damage. This goes into all the details of the car.
Authenticity is key! Every artwork is based on countless hours of research and reference material to make sure we rebuild the car exactly the way it was.
Up to 6 months of work are required to achieve this level of detail.
Lots of patience, and a passion for detail, is key for this standard of artwork.
Every piece needs to be manually rebuilt to perfection in order to get to this level of detail.