Derek Bell Celebration at Shelsley Walsh 19th July 2015

Date: 
16th July 2015

The Midland Automobile Club will be celebrating the successes of 5 time Le Mans winner Derek Bell at Classic Nostalgia on the 18th and 19th July, has he celebrates his 40th anniversary of his first Le Mans win.

Derek who went to school at Kings, Worcester, will be taking to the hill in a variety of cars including the Porsche 956 that he drove during the 1983 season, sharing it with Stefan Bellof who used the car to set the legendary Nürburgring 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 will also drive the Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C 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.

Derek’s book, My Racing Life, a highly readable autobiography in which he recalls a life in motor racing that spanned over 40 years and was packed with achievement and diversity, will be available to purchase throughout the weekend with opportunities to get copies signed on the Sunday.

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.”

Classic Nostalgia is being supported by Classic and Sports Car Magazine and Peter James/Stewart Miller Insurance. Advanced tickets are still available via the website. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the gate.

Further details on all the weekends activities can be found at www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk with further updates due or see the schedule below for Derek's activities on the 19th July only.

8.30am   Derek Bell to familiarise himself with the hill in the Bentley Continental GT

10.00am Derek Bell to unveil Transport Trust plaque in The Courtyard

10.30am Demonstration by Derek Bell in Broadspeed Jaguar. Followed up the hill by the Jaguar XJR9, Gp44, Mk2

11.00am  Demonstration by Derek Bell in Porsche 956

11.30am – 12noon Derek Bell signing copies of his book at the Peter James stand, in the Paddock

2.30pm – 3.00pm Derek Bell signing copies of his book at the Peter James stand, in the Paddock

3.15pm   Demonstration by Derek Bell in Broadspeed Jaguar. Followed up the hill by the Jaguar XJR9, Gp44, Mk2

3.45pm   Demonstration by Derek Bell in Porsche 956

4.15pm   Derek Bell drive by in Bentley Continental GT with competition winner as passenger.

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