Derek Bell - All my Porsche races - Reviews & Testimonials

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Observer Series, June 7, 2018

'A new book offers an insight into the Porsche races of five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell from Pagham.

'Spokeswoman Helen Holness said: "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 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 sportscar racing as a whole. 

'Derek, originally from Sussex, is one of motorsport's best-known and best-loved ambassadors.

'As a sportscar 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'

Retro-Speed, June, 2018

'According to Derek Bell, MBE, if Klaus Ludwig had obeyed Porsche team orders, instead of ‘playing silly buggers’ at Le Mans in 1988 and pitting to refuel on the right lap, chances are they would have stolen Jaguars moment of glory. I like that, telling it as it is. That’s what makes this a special book.

'Bell and Richard Heseltine must have had great fun putting together this near three hundred pages that covers some thirty years. These were the days of Rothmans, 962s, rain at the Nurburgring, Stuckie, Silverstone 1,000 km and the 917 at Watkins Glen. I love every minute. 

'Derek started out in 1964 aged 23, and when he retired after Daytona in February 2000 he had chalked up two World Sports Car titles, five wins at Le Mans and a host of other victories most drivers could only dream about.

'There’s hundreds of pictures and, at the back, a comprehensive run down on all Derek’s Porsche wins. If you’re asking me: “Is this a good book?” The answer has to be an emphatic yes.'