Gear: Artist Renders Porsche 917 Prints

Artist Renders Porsche 917 Prints

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 8, 2015
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Kansas City-based designer, Tony Pierce, may have a day job in television but that hasn’t stopped him from devoting free time to illustrate some of the most iconic vehicles ever raced. In a new series of signed and numbered prints, Pierce examines three of the most important Porsche 917s.

But which three?

In 1969, the Porsche 917 made its debut. With an air-cooled flat-12, lightweight aluminum frame, low downforce, and the driver’s feet placed ahead of the front axle, the wisdom of its creators was certainly questioned. By 1972, with the help of some key modifications, the brute would become race-winning legend.

In its original configuration, aerodynamics proved to be the 917’s Achilles’ heel. Its high-speed, low-drag body couldn’t produce the downforce needed to keep the car stable. The fix was the 917 Kurzheck—German for “short tail”. Its upswept rear end increased downforce and improved handling at the expense of higher drag and lower speeds. Despite the handicap in speed, the 917k won the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche’s first victory in the classic endurance race.

In 1971, the 917k would repeat its performance in spectacular fashion. Fins were added to the tail, lowering drag and upping speed all while retaining the short tail’s race-winning handling. A white Martini-entered 917k equipped with a one-off magnesium frame would take the victory at the hands of Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep—setting an overall distance record that would stand for 39 years. Helped with changes over the years to Circuit de la Sarthe, the fact remains that #22 still holds the fastest lap record at Le Mans.

Partially thanks to Steve McQueen’s starring role in the movie Le Mans, few images invoke thoughts of the race more than a Porsche 917 in Gulf Oil livery. The #19 Gulf-Ayer 917k driven by Richard Attwood and Herbert Muller finished two laps behind the #22, for 2nd place. This would be the highest-ever result for a Porsche wearing the famous blue and orange colors at the famed French race.

Finally, the ’71 race featured the unique 917/20, an aerodynamic test bed. After a reporter compared the wider, rounder car to a pig, Porsche painted it pink and adorned it with a butcher chart for pork! It was nicknamed Der Truffeljäger von Zuffenhausen, “The Truffelhunter of Zuffenhausen”—or, simply, “Pink Pig”. The experimental machine qualified a surprising 7th, but would only make it halfway through the race before crashing during the night due to to brake failure.

Now, these three cars are icons of the sport and the focus for Pierce’s illustrated prints. Each measures 24” x 18” and is hand-screened on heavy French Paper Co. “Sweet Tooth” stock. Companion shirts are also available, as are a range of prints from previous work that feature cars as varied as the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL AMG and the Edsel. You can find them all at WorldShutYourMouth.com, with a 5% discount for Petrolicious readers: just enter PETROLICIOUS at checkout. 

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Son of stig
Son of stig

do not buy from this fraud…i made and order and paid over a week ago….he wont reply to emails or messages…i am filing a claim with paypal ….this guy is a disgrace to our community

Tony Pierce
Tony Pierce

Uh oh! I think I’ve found your email and sent you a reply. If not, please reach out – tonypiercekc@gmail.com. These are all screened by hand so they take a little time to complete, but I think the result’s totally worth the effort. No communal disgrace intended. 😉

Son of stig
Son of stig

These look cool, do you know if the t shirts run small or large to size…..how the quality of the shirt, thick cotton or those thin hipster t shirt material?

Hellena Miron
Hellena Miron

These are really great, but I won’t show these to my husband. We’re running out of wall space!:p

Carl Sampson
Carl Sampson

I had ordered the Gurney Eagle shirt and print from Tony earlier. They were shipped in the same tube and the shirt crunched and tore the print by several inches when it was squeezed into the tube. I had contacted Tony a couple of times seeking replacement but he never returned my e-Mails. Buyer beware 🙁

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Problem solved!

Tony Pierce
Tony Pierce

Oh no, that’s not good! Carl, I’m super sorry for the damaged print/no reply. I just checked and unfortunately I don’t see any emails from you??? I’ll absolutely get a replacement to you. If you see this, I’m sending a message to the iCloud address that’s on your order.

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Let’s hope this time he remembers you and sends a new tube. Worse than getting a bad item is no replies…

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