Three 24 Hours of Le Mans winners - Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy - have been given the honor of having their name as well as the colors and racing number of their winning car immortalized on a Limited Edition 911 Carrera 4 GTS.
These three men - Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy - have several things in common. Though from different generations, they are all British, have all won the 24 Hours of Le Mans (even more than once in the case of Derek Bell) and all did so with Porsche.
The German marque wanted to thank them in its own way by presenting a Limited Edition 911 Carrera 4 GTS dedicated to each driver emblazoned with his name, signature, winning racing number and winning car colors.
#23 911 Carrera 4 GTS, orange and red with white stripes: this car commemorates Richard Atwood's win (read article) at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the race with a Porsche 917 K entered by the Porsche KG Salzburg team along with Hans Herrmann for the German manufacturer's very first victory at Le Mans. He participated in the 24 Hours nine times from 1963 to 1984.
#1 911 Carrera 4 GTS, blue with white stripes: this car pays tribute to Derek Bell who, of his five wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, won four with Porsche (in 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987, the one exception in 1975 with a Mirage Gulf GR-8). With a grand total of 26 participations, he is the fourth driver to have taken the start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans the most after Henri Pescarolo (33), Bob Wollek (30) and Yojiro Terada (29). This car celebrates his victory in 1982 with a Porsche 956 that he shared with another legend, Jacky Ickx.
#19 911 Carrera 4 GTS, white with black stripes: this one is for Nick Tandy. In five participations in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all representing the Stuttgart marque, the British driver won the race in 2015 at the wheel of the #19 Porsche 919 along with Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg. He is still active as the head driver for Porsche LMP Team with the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). After competing at Petit Le Mans with a Porsche 911 RSR (sixth in the GTLM class) last weekend, he is now set to participate in the 6 Hours of Fuji in the WEC on Sunday, October 15th.
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