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Reminder: Always Make Sure Your Porsche 917 Is in Neutral Before Starting It

Over 50 years after its debut, we’re still discovering new and novel ways a Porsche 917 can injure you. What a car.

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance yesterday, someone gave us an extremely good reminder for why you should always make sure your manual-transmission car is in neutral before starting the engine. As captured by @e_n_o_r_e_v on Instagram, the fellow starting this Gulf-liveried 917 apparently forgot, and rolled away with the car, forcing the crowd to jump out of the way. Thankfully no one was injured, and to their credit, the person starting the car got back on their feet, rolled the car back, and started it up again, this time in neutral.

It’s a testament to the 917’s prodigious torque that the car didn’t stall immediately, instead rolling a few feet before the engine cut out.

Pebble Beach had a special class for 917s this year, with a remarkable 13 cars gathered. The class was originally set for last year, to honor the 50th anniversary of a 917 winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans—Porsche’s first overall victory there—but the concours was cancelled. But, a 917 won Le Mans in 1971 too, so there was another anniversary to celebrate. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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