History of Gulf Oil and Gulf Racing.
Gulf Oil ltd. was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1901. The company produced fuel and lubricants until it merged with Standard Oil in 1984. Gulf became famous across the world as a racing sponsor. From 1967, Gulf was the main sponsor of the John Wyer Automotive Racing Team. The high-powered cars in the prominent light blue and orange Gulf Racing colours raced from success to success.
During the nine years of sponsorship, three world championships and three victories in Le Mans were won. The Ford GT and Porsche 917 from this era have since become icons in racing. The Gulf Porsches dominated racing circuits in the years 1970 and 1971, and in both years won the automotive racing world championship.
At the same time, the Gulf Porsche appeared on the big screen in Steve Mc Queens Racing epic, Le Mans. The passionate race driver and “King of Cool” opted to co-star with the racing car in light blue and wore a Gulf overall. This caused great demand for the accessories shown in the film and the Gulf brand appeared outside the racing arena for the first time.
In 1975, John Wyer´s Mirage GR8 with a Cosworth engine won Le Mans once more. Afterwards, Wyer retired from racing. There were further successes for Gulf Racing. For example, the sponsored Audi R8 won the European Le Mans series in Gulf's 100th anniversary year. In the GT 1 series in 2007, a light blue and orange Aston Martin DBR9 won once more in Le Mans. This success was repeated in the following year, 40 years after the first victory. Gulf Racing still participates in all major long-distance races and championships.
Motor Sports wouldn't be what it is without the Gulf Racing Team. The symbol of many successes and associated with the icons FORD GT and the legendary Porsche 917, their drivers had a decisive impact on the style of their time. These individuals also possessed great skills outside the racing circuit. These adventurous people, wildly active and creative, represent courage and cool. Their names are familiar to every motorsport fan today.
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