Porsche Rules Winner Board in Oldest Endurance Race

Porsche Rules Winner Board in Oldest Endurance Race

The globally famous sports car race called the 24 Hours of Le Mans had been held annually for decades. Since 1923, it has matched endurance with fuel efficiency and engineering to create an exciting event that’s held on a track near the French town of Le Mans called the Circuit de la Sarthe. There are many car manufacturers who participate in the race, but the most successful car maker is Porsche, which has topped the leaderboard with 17 wins in the 83 years the race has been run. Let’s take a look at some of the innovative machines from Porsche that have bested the competition. 917K Porsche shot into the top ranks of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 1970 with the Porsche 917K. The car took the top spot the following year as well. The 917K was characterized by its long tail and high speeds, though several modifications had to eventually be made to increase stability when racing. The 917K’s entry into the Le Mans in 1970 marked the end of the production car era, in which entrants had been required to use cars modified from those available to the general public. 936 The next Le Mans entry from Porsche to take the top prize was the 936, which won in 1976, 1977 and 1981. This open-top spyder shared both a chassis and other parts from its predecessor the Porsche 917. It had a 540 horsepower engine, and in 1976, the car went 349 laps and 4,769.9 kilometers for the win. 935 The closed-top 935 dominated racing in general in the late 1970s,...
Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche Has Taken a Long, Strange Trip

Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche Has Taken a Long, Strange Trip

Blues-rock singer Janis Joplin was a popular artist in the late 1960s who was known from her pioneering spirit, soulful lyrics and rule-breaking style. Her early death at the age of 27 was a major loss to the music community and fans everywhere. Joplin, a Texas native, struggled to break into the music scene of the San Francisco Bay area around 1965-66, but eventually joined the band Big Brother, which had a following in the area. In 1968, the band released a successful album called “Cheap Thrills,” and Joplin celebrated by purchasing a 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet. Let’s take a look at the history of the car and how Joplin made it her own. How It Started Joplin bought the cabriolet from a car dealer in Beverly Hills, Calif., in September of 1968. She paid about $3,500 for it, a serious amount of money at the time. When she purchased it, the car was painted “Oyster White,” which didn’t suit Joplin’s style in the least. Making It Her Own Joplin paid a Big Brother roadie named Dave Richards $500 to give the car a psychedelic makeover. She didn’t tell him what to paint, and he spent a month on the modifications. The final result was a colorful mélange he titled “The History of the Universe.” It features swirling colors, various vignettes and a group picture of Joplin and the other members of Big Brother on the fender. Recognition The unusually painted vehicle became one of the most recognizable in the Bay Area, and fans would sometimes leave notes for Joplin under the windshield wiper blades. The ragtop that announced...