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NSR Porsche 917k #19 Gulf - 24h Le Mans 1971
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NSR-0123 Porsche 917k #19 Gulf - 24h Le Mans 1971. Available now. RRP £82.95

This is a stunning new release from NSR - and fantastic to see new cars arriving from Italy at the moment. In iconic Gulf colours and driven by Dickie Attwood and Herbie Müller, the car was one of the three John Wyer Automotive Porsche 917's that looked to dominate the 1971 Le Mans 24 hours. In the end, it was the only car of the three to finish - three laps behind the winners...

   

The Gulf cars had been running 1-2-3 through Saturday evening, the #19 sitting second. However, the night was a disaster for John Wyer's team. First, the #17 of Siffert and Bell lost an hour in the pits, then leader Jackie Oliver lost half an hour - both with gearbox issues. The #19 Porsche followed having lost fifth gear and over 30 minutes in the pits. By dawn, Attwood and Müller had battled back up to second place, but could not close the gap on the leading Martini Porsche 917k of Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko. That's how it finished. The iconic Gulf Porsches missed out on a final chance to win at Le Mans.

Here's some action from the race...



   

Unlike some of their models, I think the Porsche 917 really looks the part. The original car is low and hugs the ground, with sleek lines and a relatively low rear - to my eye, the NSR model captures that and delivers a highly-competitive car on track...

       

Before the arrival of the NSR Porsche 908, the 917k was the weapon of choice for many slot car racers in classic sports classes. The 917 has the latest NSR Evo sidewinder 'classic' motor mount, a Shark 21.5 Evo motor (21900 rpm @ 12 Volts. 164 gr/cm) and the new racing bushings...

       

The body weight remains at 19.5g

This car - together with a new livery on the Mercedes AMG GT3 - has arrived in the UK this week and is available at all the usual NSR stockists, including Pendles, MRE and the distributors Gaugemaster.

A big thank you to the NSR team in Salerno for getting these new cars out in such difficult circumstances Heart
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