Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mind Bender

Le Mans 1970.
Amongst the profusion of competitors that year, one car stood out. This car resembled no other. Unmistakeably emblazoned with a swirling green and violet paint scheme, the hippie car as it became known, appeared to have been decorated by a mob of acid fueled signwriters. Looking for all the world like it ran on pure L.S.D, the Martini and Rossi sponsored Porsche 917 was a psychedelic slingshot capable of a mind bending 385 km/h. For a few short years psychedelia and motor sport met head on and this was their most outrageous descendant. Who cares that it came second that year, as its spectacular technicolor form is indelibly etched into history.

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