We are delighted that five times Le Mans winner has agreed to be our 2013 Patron. British born Derek was extremely successful in sports car racing, not only winning The Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race five times but also the Daytona 24 Hour Race three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. He also raced in Formula One for Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno and has been described by fellow racer Hans-Joachim Stuck as one of the most liked drivers of his generation.
A staunch supporter since the Revival’s inception, this will be Derek’s third visit to Speed Week his first in the capacity of Patron. The always approachable, forever smiling Derek will undoubtedly be as much of a hit with our Entrants as they and their cars are with him. “The past two years have seen an amazing variety of cars entered for Speed Week, some of them quite astonishing” says Derek “But no matter what cars they bring, the Entrants all have one thing in common – they are all ‘hell bent’ on enjoying themselves and their cars. And what a place to do it! There are some fabulous cars and some familiar names on this year’s entry list – I can’t wait!”
Derek set unofficial Fastest Time of the Day in the Fort Charlotte Hillclimb last year in Peter Vlasov’s gorgeous Ferrari 550 Maranello and looks forward to competing and giving guest drives once again this December.