With the 917, Porsche finally claimed the Holy Grail, outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour race. For half a decade the 917 was the car to beat in international sports car racing. Today, fans regard it as a legend, an icon for a whole generation of powerful racing cars. This comprehensive book covers the complete 917 story, describing the breath-taking development, the fascinating technology and includes comprehensive statistics and a large number of previously unseen high quality images. The outstanding highlight is the personal insight of many contemporary witnesses. The authors have talked to engineers, drivers, technicians, team managers and mechanics about their "baby." They tell the story of how the 917 was conceived, designed and built--and made even faster over the years. They tell how they drove it and how they both loved and hated this legend.