The story behind this article

Some time ago I introduced the Rothmanns-Transporter incl. the Porsche 962.The feedback was so good that I had to make a story about the Gulf transporter too. For me it was the most elaborate project I've ever done. And I have to admit that I almost threw it away again because I wasn't able to stage the models in a satisfactory way at first. But I have invested more time than ever and am happy not to have to withhold the beautiful models from you.

A few things about Gulf... and Porsche

Without a doubt, the Gulf paintwork is one of the best known in motorsport - and has been for decades. Vehicles that have made the paintwork so well known are no less than the Ford GT 40 and the Porsche 917.

Vehicles, whether classic or modern, which are on the race track in the light blue paint with the orange accents, always appear timelessly elegant and embody motor sport in its purest form.

Porsche dominated all important motorsport events in the seventies with the 917 in various body variants. In 1970, for example, Porsche was able to clinch overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time.

The red and white Porsche 917 K with starting number 23 crossed the finish line first on June 14th 1970. The car was piloted by Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood.

The racing team of John Wyer Automobile Engineering Limited used three Porsche 917s with the legendary Gulf paintwork at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1970.

The installed 4.5 litre air-cooled twelve-cylinder mid-engine mobilized about 520 hp. Combined with the empty weight of just 800 kilograms, the run resembles a ride on a bullet.

The racing cars with the starting numbers 20, 21 and 22 were able to reach 24th, 41st and 48th place.

James May was able to enjoy moving one of these racing legends on the race track. (The Grand Tour, season 3 episode 12) One of the best features ever broadcast on The Grand Tour.

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The models

The 917s were manufactured in scale 1/43 by CMR and can convince with beautiful details. The proportions are also harmonious. Most important feature: the Gulf colours are perfectly matched - they don't look too strong or too pale. This gives the models a very good overall impression. It should be mentioned here that a 917 from CMR costs just 30 Euros.

No. 20 driven by Joseph Siffert and Brian Redman

No. 20 driven by Joseph Siffert and Brian Redman

No. 21 driven by Pedro Rodríguez and Leo Kinnunen

No. 21 driven by Pedro Rodríguez and Leo Kinnunen

No. 22 driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood

No. 22 driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood

The transporter is also manufactured in scale 1/43 (Premium ClassiXXs). It`s a Mercedes-Benz O317 race transporter - a special design based on a bus series. As far as I could find out, the original vehicle even still exists today.

The absolute highlights are, of course, the openable tailgates and the loading ramps. Here, beautiful loading and unloading scenarios can be presented within a short time. You just have to add a few figures and the diorama is as good as finished.

My two cents

If you want to buy one of these transporters, I can give you a clear purchase recommendation. It is a nice addition to any motorsport collection and upgrades it without putting the racing cars in the background. The Premium ClassiXXs transporters are no longer easy to get. Schuco offers identical models, which are known to be very well manufactured.

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