Derek inducted into the Le Mans Drivers 90th Anniversary Hall of Fame

Date: 
1st June 2013

Derek was inducted into the Le Mans Drivers 90th Anniversary Hall of Fame at a gala evening to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Le Mans 24 hours race in Paris on 31st May. The event, held at the Georges restaurant on the top floor of the Georges Pompidou Centre, was attended by over 300 guests, including drivers, media representatives and VIP’s.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) first organised and ran the Le Mans 24 Hours race back in 1923, creating what has become the greatest endurance race in the world. The Chenard & Walcker car that won that first Le Mans in 1923 and the No.1 Audi e-tron Quattro, which won the 2012 Le Mans, formed a back drop to the evening’s celebrations.

In recognition of the drivers who have won Le Mans four times or more, special made-to-measure blazers, created by long time Le Mans partner Alain Figaret, were presented by the ACO President Pierre Fillon.

First to receive their blazer, and be inducted into the 90th Anniversary Hall of Fame, was 4-times Le Mans winner Henri Pescarolo, Honorary President of the Le Mans 24-Hours Drivers’ Club. Tom Kristensen, the current record holder with 8 wins, 6-times winner Jacky Ickx, 5-time winners Derek, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro and 4-times winner Yannick Dalmas also received their uniquely badged blazers. The evening also took a moment to remember 4-times winner, Olivier Gendebien, who passed away in 1998, victor at Le Mans in 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1962.

The new 90th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees joined drivers Eric Thompson and Freddy Rousselle who had been inducted at the first two rounds of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, held at Silverstone in April and Spa in early May.

On joining this elite club, Derek stated: "90 years on and the world’s oldest race remains as strong as ever, the ACO should be congratulated on their resilience over the years. To be recognised in the Le Mans Hall of Fame with such successful colleagues is a great accolade, but we must never forget all our teams that made it possible."

After receiving a case made by Vuitton especially for the Le Mans 24 Hours Trophy, the ACO President wished the race a happy 90th anniversary in the presence of industry figures and VIP’s that included Ferdinand Piëch, President of the Volkswagen Group’s Overseeing Committee, Jean-Dominique Sénart, President of the Michelin Management Group, Laurent-Eric Le Lay, TF1 General Advertising Manager, Jean-Marie Geveaux, President of the Sarthe General Council and Jean-Claude Boulard, Mayor of Le Mans.

The 90th Anniversary Le Mans festivities continue throughout June with exhibitions, a recreation of part of the 1923 circuit and concerts, culminating in parades of ahead of the race start on 22nd June.

The countdown to the 2013 Le Mans race itself begins with a Test Day that takes place on Sunday 9th June, before scrutineering on 16th and 17th June, followed by two evenings’ practice and qualifying on 19th and 20th June.

The 90th Anniversary Le Mans race takes place on 22nd and 23rd June.

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