Dereks Porsche 936 'Junior' goes under the hammer at the Festival of Speed Auction

Date: 
10th June 2015

Derek's Porsche 936 'Junior' goes under the hammer at the Bonham's 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on the 26th June from 10:30am. This Porsche 936 'Junior' Child's Car, Chassis number 936/78, lot number 268, is a 1:2 scale replica of Derek's 1981 Le Mans-winning Porsche 936 sports-racing prototype. Sponsored by Jules, a Christian Dior men's fragrance, the factory entered chassis number '003' was driven by Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx, its victory marking the third time that the French endurance racing classic had been won by the legendary 936.

Polish rally driver Sobieslaw Zasada was so entranced by the 936 that he built a 1:2 scale replica. This in turn prompted Porsche to develop its own limited edition version, the estimated number produced varying between 50 and 100.

Original, un-restored and in generally used but excellent condition, this miniature 936 is powered by a single-cylinder 206cc Briggs & Stratton four stroke engine producing 5 horsepower, with a top speed of 48mph! Operated by electric start and manual choke, via two-speed gearbox with reverse gear. The car is 273cm long, 100cm wide and 90cm high. Noteworthy features include pneumatic tyres, 12-volt electrics, alternator, full suspension all round, hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear, 2-piece alloy wheels, disc brakes, lights, flashers, rear hydraulic shock absorbers, foot brake, horn, leather seat, and an adjustable rear spoiler, the coachwork constructed in fibreglass with a box section chassis.

This example of the Porsche 936 'Junior' has been owned by Derek since the mid 1980s, and was garaged until five years ago when it was regularly used by then 9 year old Sebastian Bell. In 2010 Sebastian was invited to participate in the Little Big Mans race at Le Mans Classic weekend. Derek decided to check the car out by Sebastian doing a lap of Goodwood 2.4 miles round because Le Mans is a long way to go to break down! If it would last that long then it was perfect for the kilometre they would run at Le Mans. All was well and the invitation to Le Mans was accepted. At the start a flag dropped and there was a patter of tiny feet as the pint-sized drivers ran across the track and leapt into their cars as in former years! 85 cars lined up in echelon to be driven by children up to age 14. The French authorities called it a "parade" but it was evident that to the children that word could be translated into "RACE!".

Sebastian Bell driving the Jules Porsche 936 started 75th but had raced into the lead under the Dunlop Bridge! A few tips from dad perhaps? As they poured down into Dunlop curves some officials stepped out to turn them onto the Bugatti circuit and then to slow down! All in all the 2010 Little Big Mans was a wonderful piece of fun for the junior drivers, the parents and the crowd!

Derek Bell MBE..."Such a memory to think that I won at Le Mans in the Jules 936 in 1981 with Jackie Ickx and I finished 3rd with older son Justin in Harrods McLaren in 1995 and there we were watching young Sebastian driving a model of that winning car on the same track, albeit somewhat slower".

A chance to own a unique piece of Le Mans and Derek Bell history! Lot 268 has an estimate of £12,000 - £15,000.

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