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I've been meaning to stop by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) for about a month now. Back at the April board meeting I got word there was a Porsche 917 in the next room... but it was locked. A 917 is not something you see every day (even here around Watkins Glen).

After getting out of work early, today was the day. This is the view that greeted me as I entered. Crazy.

This thing is a work of art. This particular 917 is chassis #037. As the little sign next to it said (besides Do Not Touch), it was actually a prototype car and never actually raced - which, while sad, doesn't really matter. This is still a 917.

It was surprisingly smaller than I had expected. I mean, it's not a micro car or anything, but giving the photos and videos I've seen online, I pictured something a bit bigger.

Ah, but don't be fooled. This thing is a beast. Porsche 917s won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971 before some rule changes took them out of contention.

If I can drag myself up to the vintage race during the Vintage Grand Prix Festival this year, I'm hoping I'll get to see this one again - and maybe a few more, I don't know. It would be really cool to see this AND a Ferrari 512, as they battled for the 1970 Le Mans race and were the focus of the Le Mans movie with Steve McQueen.

For more info on chassis 037, check out Gunnar Racing (who did the build) and Carl Thompson (owner).

I have a few more images in my Porsche 917 gallery as well.

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