Gulf Warriors

Part I - The Original J. W. Automotive/Gulf Research Years

 

My Personal Gulf Collection

The Ford Powered Years

John Wyer had managed the Aston Martin race program throught the 1950's, and moved to Ford's program thereafter. In 1967 he hooked up with Gulf Oil to create a privateer Ford team. Their first effort was a road-spec GT40 that was converted back to race trim for the 1967 Daytona 24 hour race. They then went on to create their own GT40-based chassis, the Mirage M1.

The Daytona car did not feature the famous powder blue, but was the "corporate" blue of Gulf Oil. Jouef/Eagle's Race produced a simple model of this car.

Gulf Diecast

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

John Wyer Automotive 1967
Daytona 24 Hours
7Ford GT40 'Gulf'
Dick Thompson
Jacky Ickx
11
Eagle's Race
?
DNFMirage M1
David Piper
Richard Thompson
14
P 5000+
Bizarre
BZ296
DNFMirage M1
Jacky Ickx
Brian Muir
15
P 5000+
Bizarre
BZ295
John Wyer Automotive 1968
1Ford GT40 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Lucien Bianchi
9
S
IXO
LMC025
   IXO
Le Mans Winners
LM1968
   Jouef
1004 
   Bang
Limited Edition
1007
DNFFord GT40 'Gulf'
Paul Hawkins
David Hobbs
10
S
IXO
LMC026
   Bang
7073
DNFFord GT40 'Gulf'
Jackie Oliver
Brian Muir
11
S
IXO
LMC027
   Bang
7072
John Wyer Automotive 1969
1Ford GT40 'Gulf'
Jacky Ickx
Jackie Oliver
6
S
Jouef
High Detail
3006
   Bang
7074
3Ford GT40 'Gulf'
David Hobbs
Mike Hailwood
7
S
Eagle's Race
1040

The Porsche Years

The Gulf Porsche 917's are some of the most iconic cars of all time. Although they did NOT win Le Mans in real life, but did so in the movie...

The Gulf 917's from 1970 Le Mans are probably the largest gap in all of 1:43 collecting. The rear end of these cars was not "stock", so a special casting would be needed to produce them.

Gulf Diecast

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

John Wyer Automotive 1970
Daytona 24 Hours
2Porsche 917K 'Gulf'
Jo Siffert
Brian Redman
1
S
Minichamps
430 706701
1Porsche 917K 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Leo Kinnunen
2
S
Minichamps
430 706702
1Porsche 917K 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Leo Kinnunen
Brian Redman
2
S
Solido
100 Series
186
Targa Florio
1Porsche 908/3 'Gulf'
Jo Siffert
Brian Redman
12
P 3.0
Best
9039
2Porsche 908/3 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Leo Kinnunen
40
P 3.0
Best
9033
5Porsche 908/3 'Gulf'
Richard Attwood
Björn Waldegaard
36
P 3.0
Best
9034
Monza
1Porsche 917K 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Leo Kinnunen
7
S
Brumm
Retro
R219
John Wyer Automotive 1971
Daytona
DNFPorsche 917K 'Gulf'
Jo Siffert
Derek Bell
1
Brumm
Retro
R269
Monza
1Porsche 917K 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Jackie Oliver
2
Brumm
Retro
R221
Targa Florio
DNFPorsche 908/3 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Herbert Müller
4
Best
9125
DNFPorsche 908/3 'Gulf'
Brian Redman
Jo Siffert
7
Lorenzi
0206
Nurburgring
2Porsche 908/3 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Jo Siffert
1
P
Best
9188
Le Mans
2Porsche 917L 'Gulf'
Richard Attwood
Herbert Müller
19
S 5.0
Super Champion
?
   Minichamps
400 716119
DNFPorsche 917L 'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Jackie Oliver
18
S 5.0
Minichamps
430 716718
   Super Champion
64 
DNFPorsche 917L 'Gulf'
Jo Siffert
Derek Bell
17
S 5.0
Minichamps
430 716717

The Ford DFV Years

After the 3-litre limit was established in 1972, the team switched to a detuned version of the famous Formula One engine. After a few lean years, a Le Mans victory in 1975 validated their concept.

Gulf Diecast

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

1973
0Mirage M6 Ford 'Gulf'
Derek Bell
Howden Ganley
8
Spark
STME09
0Mirage M6 Ford 'Gulf'
Mike Hailwood
John Watson
Vern Schuppan
9
Spark
STME10
1974
$Gulf-Mirage GR7 Ford 'Gulf'
Derek Bell
Mike Hailwood
11
Sportscars
Spark
STME05
DNFGulf-Mirage GR7 Ford 'Gulf'
Vern Schuppan
Reine Wisell
12
Sportscars
Spark
STME06
   Verem
Edition Limitee'
611
1975
1Gulf GR8 Ford 'Gulf'
Derek Bell
Jacky Ickx
11
Sportscars
Spark
STME01
   Solido
100 Series
38
3Gulf GR8 Ford 'Gulf'
Vern Schuppan
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
10
Sportscars
Spark
STME02