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Over the course of his long and hugely suc­cess­ful ca­reer, Derek Bel­lʼs name be­came in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to Porsche. Among count­less other vic­to­ries, the Bri­tish ace won the Le Mans 24 Hours four times for the leg­endary Ger­man mar­que, the Day­tona 24 Hours three times, and he twice claimed the World Sportscar Cham­pi­onship. In this lat­est pub­li­ca­tion from Porter Press In­ter­na­tional, Bell and renowned motorsport au­thor Richard He­sel­tine doc­u­ment each and ev­ery race that he drove for Porsche, of­fer­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing – and very per­sonal – in­sight into a golden era for the mar­que and for sportscar rac­ing in gen­eral. The book tells the full story of Bel­lʼs ca­reer with Porsche, from the fear­some 917 to the iconic 956, 962 and 911 and of­fers a com­pelling in­sight into his fa­mous vic­to­ries at clas­sic races such as Le Mans and Day­tona – all re­counted in his own words. Thereʼs also a full ac­count of what it was like to drive along­side fel­low he­roes such as Ste­fan Bellof, Jo Sif­fert, Hans Stuck and Jacky Ickx. Three decades of rac­ing his­tory are cov­ered in de­tail, from the 1971 Buenos Aires 1000km to the 2000 Day­tona 24 Hour. Ex­haus­tive re­search in­cludes al­most 200 races from around the world, in­clud­ing the World Sportscar Cham­pi­onship, IMSA and All-ja­pan Sports-pro­to­type Cham­pi­onship, all iil­lus­trated with su­perb images from the Porsche ar­chive as well as Derek Bel­lʼs own col­lec­tion. UK price just £45. www.porter­ or call 01584 781588

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