Atlanta, GA: Many motorsports enthusiasts believe the Porsche 917 to be the greatest racing car of all time. This can be debated, but there is no argument that this is the car that made Porsche a major player in the racing world. The 917 was the car that won LeMans the first time for Porsche in 1970. Introduced at the 1969 Geneva Auto Show and outlawed by the FIA for the 1972 season, this Group 55 car enjoyed a short life as champion but its reputation is legend.
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the 917, When Giants Raced 2010 Calendar was recently released by Hal Crocker, Team Unicorn. The calendar is truly a trip back in time. 84 of Hal’s black and white images are featured of both the men and the machine. The 1970 Gulf-Wyer Porsche Poster features an exclusive photo montage of over 20 of Hal’s historical images. Only 600 gallery posters were released – only 25 signed Artist’s proofs are available. Both tribute pieces were designed by Nancy Suttles, an award-winning Art Director who has worked with Hal for more than 25 years.
In more than 40 years as a motorsports photographer, Hal Crocker has walked thousands of miles lugging heavy equipment, braved blistering heat, freezing cold, rain, wind, and endured obnoxious officials. He has even been run over by a speeding race car and it all began at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The year was 1970 and this race was Crocker’s introduction to big time professional sports car racing. He didn’t know it then, however, it was also the start of what would turn out to be his life’s work as a motorsports photo-journalist and only the second raced he ever attended. The first was a Formula 5000 event at Sebring where he met Jo Hoppen – Porsche’s North American Racing Director. After seeing his work, Jo hired Hal to cover the 24 Hours of Daytona with the main focus being on the Gulf- Wyer Porsche Team.
This was the first race of the season and the first time that the new Group 55 Supercars would square off. “With a cast of characters that read like a who’s who of racing, the stage was set for what had all the makings of one hell of a race. This proved to be a magic time in racing history,” says Crocker. “The 917 was truly a work of art.”
Many of racing’s best photographs come from the three million + images in Hal’s archives. Hal continues to travel, write and shoot all over the world. Gulf Wyer Poster: 24″ x 36″, premium cover stock, aqueous coated.
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