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Take a Trip to 1982 With this Derek Bell Documentary

Few racing drivers of Derek Bell’s stature and success have been so unanimously liked. Typically, the top dogs have a deep-seated ruthlessness which leaves them divisive in the public eye, but not Bell. In this documentary on his efforts at the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans, Bell and his peers explain why this affable Brit hasn’t shied from the spotlight, nor has he ever been refused it.

Part of his enduring presence can be attributed to his willingness to give thoughtful, considered answers to the questions, and part of it is due to his need to be recognized. Though undeniably polite and softly spoken, Bell has never been one to remain overly private—largely for financial reasons. The income of an endurance racer isn’t quite as staggering as one might imagine, but Bell’s been able to make a very comfortable living between racing, speaking events, and race team consulting.

This footage makes clear the strong rapport between Bell and Ickx.

His analytical nature and affable character have endeared him to many, including Jacky Ickx. The two speak highly of one another, and they both delve into detail how a team must preserve a car—even one as resilient as the 956—to win long-distance races. With five wins at Le Mans, three victories at Daytona, and two World Sportscar Championship titles to his name, it’s fair to say Bell can manage a sports prototype over long runs like few can. Not that he particularly liked it; with refreshing candor, Bell’s describes these day-long races as « purgatory. »

If anything, this documentary helps take the viewer back to a different time before motorsport, even at the highest level, was highly commercialized. The honesty of responses, humor, openness and technical insight, and the presence of grid girls is a snippet from a lighter, more welcoming era.

 

 
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Jacky Ickx Receives a Special Commemoration From Porsche

Few drivers have transcended to the level of living legend quite like Jacky Ickx. Over the course of a four-decade career, the Belgian made a mark in nearly every major category.

Though Ickx won Le Mans with Ford in 1969 and spent several years driving F1 with Ferrari, perhaps his sportscar success with Porsche throughout the seventies and eighties was his career peak. Four victories with Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans firmly established him in the pantheon of motorsport’s greats.

Doused in « X » blue, Ickx’s commemoration is the first Paint to Sample 992.

Inspired by Belgian Porsche importer D’ieteren, Porsche began conceptualizing a commemorative edition of the 992 for Ickx. With Style Porsche lending a hand in the design process, they began sculpting one of the most striking Carreras ever for their celebrated driver’s 75th birthday.

Ickx’s dark blue and white helmet has been burned indelibly into the minds of racing fans, and the car uses those same colors to trigger an emotional response. A bespoke « X » blue was chosen to cover the body and the Carrera Classic wheels, making Icxk’s cars the first Paint to Sample 992. A badge of the Belgian flag and the great man’s signature adorn the driver’s side B-pillar, and white accents can be seen throughout the understated interior.

White accents throughout the cabin are a nod to the white paint which surrounds the visor port on Icxk’s helmet.

The cabin’s touches are both subtle and distinguished. Nearly every inch of the cabin—even the seat backs—-is trimmed in black leather. Pebble Grey cross stitching adorns the dashboard, door panel and rear trim. The punctilious observer will notice the stitching’s distinct « X » pattern—a reference to the Belgian’s last name. Pebble Grey piping and « 911 » lettering on the headrests of the 18-way Sports seats give them a little more distinction.

The great man’s signature can be found on the center console and the key fob.

Like Ickx’s driving, this car is understated. Sleek, stylish, effortlessly cool, and undeniably special, the Belgian Legend Edition 992 begins at $120,600. Unfortunately for many, the model is strictly limited to just 75 units—one for each year since Ickx’s birth—and will only be available in Belgium.

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Blume: « A typical German discussion »

Porsche focuses on sustainability. CEO, Oliver Blume, shares his opinions on roaring engines, the attraction of SUVs in other countries and shopping without plastic bags in this interview.

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“The Goal Is to Stay on Top!”

As Vice President Porsche Motorsport and Group Motorsport Volkswagen AG, Fritz Enzinger oversees thousands upon thousands of horsepower—and increasingly, kilowatts as well. The energy to do so comes from four special horses. A conversation about quiet, efficiency, and Formula E.

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Focused

Precision and concentration on the moment are qualities shared by good race-car drivers and photographers alike. André Lotterer is both: a passionate racer and talented photographer. The three-time Le Mans winner is one of two drivers in the newly formed TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. A portrait.

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