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Historics: Brian Redman to drive Porsche 917 at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Goodwood announced via press release on Tuesday, May 20, that two of sportscar racing’s most legendary names, Brian Redman and the Porsche 917, will be reunited at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26-29.

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According to Goodwood, British racer Redman, 77, is world-renowned as a champion of Formula 5000. The Burnley-born racer took a record 16 wins in the North American series and three straight titles from 1974-76.

He is also one of the most successful drivers in sportscar history, having won the Spa 1000km four times, the Daytona 24 Hours on three occasions, and the Sebring 12 Hours, Nurburgring, Monza and Osterreichring 1000km races twice each.

The ex-works 917 PA that Redman will drive at Goodwood was driven by Grand Prix winner Jo Siffert as a works car in the 1969 Can-Am season, taking a best finish of third at Bridgehampton and finishing fourth in the championship. Milt Minter and Sam Posey also raced the car in factory colors.

Redman’s first acquaintance with the car came in 1973 after privateer entrant Vasek Polak recruited him to race it alongside the sister car of Jody Scheckter. By that point, however, the car had undergone a complete refit with a turbocharged engine, producing 1100bhp, now fitted to the lightweight body and rendering it as a 917/10.

The 917 PA is now in its original configuration and part of the Collier collection in Florida. Redman drove the car at the Festival of Speed in 2009 and will get behind the wheel of it again to give visitors of the FoS more thrills.

About the announcement, Brian Redman, commented: "I’ve been a regular visitor to the Festival of Speed for many years and I keep coming back because I just love it, and I’m delighted to be getting back behind the wheel of a car I’ve not driven for five years. I raced this particular chassis as a 917/10 for Vasek Polak in 1973 and only realized it was a converted 917 PA when I nearly had a massive crash at Riverside that year and spotted some unexpected technical details."

Tickets are available for the popular Goodwood Festival of Speed that takes place at the estate's motor racing circuit in Chichester, England this year from June 26-29. The theme of this year's FoS is "Addicted to Winning."

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