Welcome to the Official website of the legendary motor racing driver Derek Bell MBE, the five times Le Mans winner, three times Daytona 24 winner and the two times World Sports Car champion. He is regarded as one of the greatest sports car and endurance racing drivers of his era.
 
Splitting his time between homes in the United Kingdom and the United States, Derek can be seen at the world’s major automotive and motor sport events. He is the global Bentley Motors brand ambassador, an accomplished speaker and an experienced television and radio motorsport commentator.

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Thank you for visiting my new website, we hope you enjoy browsing the contents! All sections will be updated regularly with news, photos and videos. We will keep you up to date on my current activities through twitter, so please follow me.

The news section will feature regular articles on my racing history and the cars I drove, from my early single seater years in Formula 1 and Formula 3 to racing Porsche’s at Le Mans.

We also have an on-line shop retailing my new book, My Racing Life, signed images, DVD's, models and a range of products that will increase over time. Please visit the site regularly and do not forget to sign up for the newsletter and comment on the news stories!

FEATURE ARTICLE:

Racing improves the breed, or so the old saying goes. I must admit that it’s a notion I’ve often had trouble getting my head around. For example, I doubt that the Ford Escort 1300E ever benefited from the Blue Oval’s GT40 programme. These days, however, there is a much more overt correlation between competition bids and road car development. Indeed, in many instances it’s more a case of motor racing following the road car market’s lead.
Derek has been named as grand marshal for the Silverstone 6 Hours World Endurance Championship round next month.
Bentley announces an exciting line-up of cars today for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed (26th - 29th June) and offers a unique display of the best in British luxury and performance.
If there is one thing I would change about modern-day motor sport, it would be to remove all the artifice. These days, it’s all about the show. I’ve felt this way for quite a while now, but this attitude was reinforced as the curtain descended on the Daytona 24 Hours at the end of January.
The arrival of each new year brings with it a period of reflection. That, and a sense of anticipation for what lies ahead in the coming months. In recent years I have been involved in all manner of anniversary celebrations, some of them associated with a particular car, others an individual race or even a circuit, but 2014 marks a milestone that is altogether more personal. In 1964, I made my first race start aboard a Lotus Seven and the rest is, well, history.