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“Somebody Reasonable Would Not Drive So Fast in the Rain,” Inside the Mind of Jacky Ickx

« For those of you hoping to hear stories about racing, you will be disappointed. I am going to talk about gardening, » is a rather in auspicious start to three quarters of an hour with one of the top drivers in history. To Ickx, however, it’s a logical place to start. When he reached driving age at 16 his goal was to become a gardener or a gamekeeper, not a racing driver. With the gift of a motorcycle from his parents, Ickx’ path changed rapidly. Beginning in motorcycle trials, Ickx moved on rapidly to four wheels, and ascended quickly to the top levels. Not just Mr. LeMans, Ickx competed in 13 seasons of Formula 1, pranked valets, won the Paris-Dakar, Bathurst, and other races almost too numerous to mention.

With a deeply self-deprecating sense of humor, a quick wit, and surprising modesty, the man epitomizes Big Ickx Energy. To Ickx, his success in motorsport didn’t predominantly come from his own skill, but thanks to the stars aligning in everything that surrounded him, which « isn’t humility, it’s just being realistic. » Having the right tools and team at the right time brought him success more than his own efforts.

For the duration of the interview Mike Spinelli is quite obviously awed in the presence of a legend, and I fully empathize. Even several steps removed from the event, watching the interview on an iPad I was a bit starstruck by the openness and honesty of one of my motorsports heroes.

Grab your coffee and settle in. Even with 45 minutes at hand, Mr. Ickx has a lot of ground to cover in a relatively short time.

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70 ans de Porsche au Classic Days 2018 – Des Porsche de course sur la piste – Phénoménal !!! (1ère partie)

L’événement Classic Days 2018 était phénoménal par la richesse et la diversité des voitures exposées et en piste, notamment du côté du constructeur allemand Porsche célébrant en 2018 ses 70 ans. Pour l’occasion, les organisateurs ont su rassembler des véhicules Porsche exceptionnels (550 RS, 550 Durlite, 906, 907, 911 RSR 3,0 l, 935, 935 K3 …

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Vidéo – La Porsche Panamera aux mains de la légende Jacky Ickx

Quand Porsche mêle histoire, humour et modernité.

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Six-Time Le Mans Winner Pranks the Valets

A surprise within a surprise. In this Inception-style gag, the mischievous Belgian Jacky Ickx gets the upper hand on a troop of valets who offer a new Panamera for sampling. The reactions are wonderful, and the patrons of this upscale Thai hotel say everything; their faces beam as they’re given a taste of one of most refined sports-luxury sedans on the market, and the camera crew laughs from the secrecy of their trailer. Everyone is enjoying themselves.

Ickx makes a mockery of the valet’s attempt at surprise.

However, bring a Belgian champion into the equation, pull a few stunts, and quickly the atmosphere changes. While Ickx guffaws inside the Panamera he’s just stolen from the unwitting camera crew, they shriek in horror as he shows off some of the skills which helped him on the Dakar Rally, Le Mans, and Formula 1. A few drifts later, and the crew is gesticulating furiously at this supposed thief who just stole their expensive loaner.

Ickx returns with a broad, gleaming smile to a furious camera crew. With a spray of confetti, they learn that the prankers have become the prankees, and all have enjoyed a thrilling experience with a mix of surprise, fear, and laughter—just the cocktail the Panamera promises.

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J. Ickx fait des donuts en Porsche Panamera (2018)

VIDEO. Jacky Ickx prend des voituriers au piège en Porsche Panamera pour un film promotionnel.

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