Bell Honored for 40th Anniversary of his First Le Mans WIn
The Royal Automobile Club hosted a special event today when 5-time Le Mans winner and double World Sportscar Champion, Derek Bell MBE, drove the iconic Rothmans Porsche 956-001 up the drive at the Club’s Woodcote Park clubhouse to commemorate 40 years since his first Le Mans victory.
Derek, who is an Honorary member of the Royal Automobile Club, was re-united with the famous Group C Works Rothmans Porsche 956-001 which is considered to be the most important Porsche in its history - being the first monocoque race car built. The 956 made its debut in 1982 at the Silverstone Six Hour race with Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx behind the wheel, in what was effectively a development run for the new car. After missing the next round, the duo reappeared at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and led the race for the entire 24 hours before taking the checkered flag and a remarkable victory.