Yep … that‘s at the Laguna Seca raceway. … If the camera view would be a little lower you‘d probably (in the left corner) see the pressure gauge to check for fractures of the car‘s tubular magnesium frame. The frame was pressurized to 4 bar … Ferdinand Piech‘s idea (originally to check the quality of the welder‘s work in the factory over night). … And see the (perforated) ignition key above the red kill switch. …
The 917 played a considerable role in my desire to go into mechanical engineering (instead of music
) … As a young adolescent I had several times the opportunity to watch the 917 develop from close up. … I‘ll never forget the sound of their air-cooled flat-12 engines when people like Siffert, Bell, Rodriguez etc. went to the limit with them, finishing the 1000 km race at Spa-Francorchamps in ~4 hours in 1970 & 1971 … a regular country road on regular days at that time, with houses, bus stops, lamp posts & trees very close next to it. … The memories of these 2 races still make the hair on my arms stand up.
The first attached video was taken at the “Historic GP“ at Zandvoord last year and the second one was taken at the “Oltimer GP“ at the Nürburgring a few weeks ago.