1973 Can-Am Championship Porsche 917/30 Wins 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Best of Show Concours de Sport
The 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance honored the legendary Roger Penske along with some of the finest race cars to have ever raced under the Penske Racing banner. A wide gamut of his history was presented on the green Florida lawn on Sunday morning, but only one car in the entire field of entries from the entire concours wowed judges and attendees alike: the 1973 Porsche 917/30.
The 1973 Can-Am Championship Porsche 917/30 with the Sunoco livery was raced by Mark Donohue under the Penske Racing banner. The most powerful race car to have ever raced, this 1,500+ horsepower air-cooled Porsche took no less than 5 first place finishes and one second place, winning the 1973 season handedly. This same car also set the closed course speed record at Talladega Speedway in 1975, averaging a staggering 221.16 miles per hour. This unprecedented level of success caused the 917/30 to command respect by racers, engineers, and fans alike, making it one of the most iconic Porsche race cars to ever compete.
On Sunday afternoon the Porsche 917/30 was selected as the Best of Show Concours de Sport winner for the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, besting many other collectible and rare automobiles. Accepting the award was the owner of the car, Rob Kauffman, who regularly brings the 917/30 back to the track to stretch its legs and help fans relive the 1973 Can-Am season.
We would like to thank Rob Kauffman for giving us the opportunity to restore such a treasured and monumental piece of motorsports history, and with Canepa now becoming a part of its history. We’d also like to thank our team and everyone whom we have worked with during the restoration process. Without these team members, we would have not been able to restore such a fantastic race car and help return the car back to its “Penske Perfect” standard of excellence.
To view the images taken during the historic restoration of this legendary race car, click here.