All translations for this page: Other translations for this page:

On the International Day of Happiness, we'll go whole hog

Fitting to the International Day of Happiness, today we are devoting ourselves to a sow that not only brings luck, but also eats a lot of kilometres on the race track. May we introduce: the Porsche 917/20, some probably better known as "die Sau” ("the sow"), "der Trüffeljäger von Zuffenhausen” ("the truffle hunter from Zuffenhausen") or "Dicke Berta” ("Fat Berta”).

Le Mans, 1971. For the second time in the company's history, Porsche triumphs in the "world's most important race". So far, so good. It can be better than that. Because when Porsche sends its 917/20 with start number 23 into the race, it steals the show from the actual winning car. The reason? It was not so much the combination of the short and long tail versions, but rather the strikingly wide bodywork combined with a pink paint finish and drawn-in fillet pieces.

Not everyone liked it. "Do you find it very tasteful to start as a German team in France, of all places, with a 'sow'?", Martini Press Manager Paul Goppert noted. Others, on the other hand, celebrated “the sow" as a sensation and probably saw it as a refutation of the prejudice that people in Swabia like to save on humour.

Head of design Anatole Lapine, father of the idea, could not really understand all the excitement, since "the sow" was only the consistent continuation of the hippie Porsche from last year, painted with wild spots of paint. Be it as it may: "The sow" caused a sensation, both positive and negative. In 1971 it was the most photographed racing car and today it is an absolute cult.