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Little Classics News: 6 July 2015

Derek Bell to be Celebrated at Classic Nostalgia

Porsche 956

The Midland Automobile Club will be celebrating the successes of five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell (below) at Classic Nostalgia at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on the 18th and 19th July, as he celebrates his 40th anniversary of his first Le Mans win.

Derek will be taking to the hill in a variety of cars including the Porsche 956 (top) that he drove during the 1983 season, sharing it with Stefan Bellof who used the car to set the legendary N├╝rburgring Nordschleife lap record of 6 minutes 11.13 seconds. Of all the Rothmans Porsches, it is this car that is the most talked about.

Derek Bell celebration at Shelsey Walsh

Derek will also drive the Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C (below) in which he competed in the 1976 Tourist Trophy at Silverstone.

Throughout Sunday there will be book signing and autograph sessions as well as an interview in The Courtyard during the lunch break with motorsport commentator Toby Moody.

Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C

Derek Bell is best-known as the consummate endurance sports car driver who won the Le Mans 24 Hours five times and the Daytona 24 Hours three times, teamed with racing greats such as Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck and Al Holbert.

Besides sports car racing, he has competed in many different cars and categories, from a works seat with Ferrari in Formula 1 in 1968 to rally driving a Vauxhall.

Mark Constanduros, Commercial Manager for The Midland Automobile Club commented "We are delighted to be able to celebrate Derek's achievements and welcome him back to Worcestershire and to Shelsley Walsh. He is one of the greatest endurance racers and to see him take to the hill in the Porsche 956 will be a tremendous sight."



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