Derek Bell, the British racing driver who looks like Iggy Pop wearing Lionel Messi’s haircut, has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times. He was recently a guest on Motor Sport Magazine’s monthly podcast and explained what it was like to drive the Porsche 962 down the Mulsanne Straight in the rain:
If feasting your eyes on one Group C Porsche is impressive, seeing 15 in one place is unbelievable. That is however exactly what happened at this year's 2011 Salon Prive event in London. This impressive gathering of Group C Porsches is truly spectacular and represents a significant portion of the company's racing…
It’s big. It’s fast. It’s held the lap record on the Nürburgring for 27 years. Ready?
In fact, he’s cooler than the entire current Formula One field with their square haircuts, too-neat sideburns and carbon fiber cars which don’t kill them on impact.
The biggest, baddest, meanest Porsche ever made turns 40 today. Happy birthday, Porsche 917.