The Porsche 917 at Le Mans
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Sky-is-the-limit thinking inevitably drives Dempsey toward a legendary combination: The notoriously irascible Porsche 917 race car, which produced in excess of 1,000 horsepower during its heyday, and the Circuit de la Sarthe, better known as Le Mans.

"If you could drive anything, you'd have a 917 at Le Mans, with the original track [configuration], before they added chicanes," he says matter-of-factly. "Watch the movie 'Le Mans,' and when you see the car in person you just can't believe these guys were going the speed they were going in that thing. They had such balls."