In 1972, driving a Porsche, he won Le Mans, as he did again in 1976. However, on Sound Night in the Porsche Museum, Gijs van Lennep recalled another defining experience of his career: the Targa Florio of 1973. The race on Sicily was at that time one of the toughest of all. Narrow roads, steep corners and high speeds – sometimes straight through villages. "The locals used to stand right next to the road as we raced by for practice doing 200 km/h."
These 'trial runs' were naturally not entirely legal. No wonder then that the teams occasionally became acquainted with the police. So: pull over please, and open the door. However, then, according to van Lennep, there was generally no reprimand, rather, if anything, an admiring 'Bella machina!". And they were on their way.
Insights like these are an integral part of the Porsche Sound Night, when former racing drivers talk about curious experiences and engineers tell the inside stories. And it is precisely these stories that the sound of the engines brings to life. Here are a couple of sound samples: