I was re-united with an old friend recently when I was asked to photograph the 1970 Le Mans winning Porsche 917K in the studio for a book. I’ve shot it before for my ‘Art of the Le Mans Race Car’ book a few years back and it was good to be reacquainted and have a whole day to enjoy capturing it’s awesome architecture.I always love to see proper racing cars in the studio away from their natural environment on the track as it gives you time and space to admire the design behind the engineering in greater detail. Sitting in the hot seat I tried to imagine what it would have been like to be Richard Attwood or Hermann Lang hurtling down the Mulsanne straight at nearly 250mph with that sonorous flat 12 on song behind pushing me to victory. Just 25 917’s were built and it is considered to be the finest racing sports car ever made…..hard to argue with that.
After almost a year of planning James has started shooting his new studio book this month.To be called ‘Legends of Le Mans’ the book will feature up to 25 of the world greatest sports racing cars from throughout the 90 year history of endurance racing at La Sarthe photographed in the studio.Seen here is the 1970 Porsche 917K which won the race after 24hours and 343 laps with Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood at the wheel.