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Derek Bell

All my Porsche races



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Derek Bell by Richard Heseltine
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Derek Bell's name became inextricably linked with that of Porsche during his long and hugely successful career as a racing driver. In this new 276-page book, Bell collaborates with renowned motorsport author Richard Heseltine to give the reader a very personal insight into his experiences racing for the legendary German marque. The approach taken by this latest publication from Porter Press International is to look at every race Bell drove for Porsche, in detail and with revealing comments from the book's subject. Light is cast on Bell's most prestigious victories with Porsche - four of his five in the Le Mans 24 Hours, three in the Daytona 24 Hours, two in the World Sportscar Championship - and many more besides. Bell describes the Porsches he raced, from the fearsome 917 to the iconic 956, 962, and 911. And he shares his thoughts on the now-legendary drivers he raced with, including six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx, the famously flamboyant Hans Stuck, and two immense talents who lost their lives to the sport, Jo Siffert and Stefan Bellof. The overall effect is a fascinating trip back in time to a golden era for Porsche and sports car racing as a whole.

Author Biography

Richard Heseltine is a freelance journalist specialising in classic and contemporary performance cars and motor racing history. A former staff member on Classic & Sports Car and Motor Sport, he has contributed to more than 50 motoring titles, including Octane, Classic Cars, Car, Autosport, RACER and Motorsport News, while also writing for several websites and newspapers, such as The Guardian. Richard has authored books on subjects as diverse as the rise of the British specialist sports car movement, legendary Ferrari racing cars and Italian design classics. Richard lives in London, where he nurses his addiction to old Alfa Romeos. Briton Derek Bell is one of motorsport's best-known and best-loved ambassadors. As a sports car racer at the highest level, his record is one of the most accomplished of all time. Derek first raced for Porsche in 1971 as part of the famous JWA factory team, first won Le Mans in 1975 with Mirage, then won Le Mans four more times with Porsche between 1981 and 1987. When establishing his reputation he was also a force to be reckoned with in single-seaters, competing in Formula Three, Formula Two, and Grand Prix racing.
Release date NZ
May 31st, 2018
Over 200 colour and black & white images
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Porter Press International
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