Watch a sneak peek of the Racing with Giants: Porsche at Le Mans documentary
When 81-year-old retired racer Derek Bell talks about going fast at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche, he’s speaking from experience. “I just drove it completely, and stupidly, as fast as I could. And I was going 246 mph. I don’t think anybody has gone faster.”
That’s Bell being interviewed for a documentary called Racing with Giants: Porsche at Le Mans, produced by Mobil 1 and Hagerty Media.
The one-hour special connects Porsche’s 75th anniversary with the 100th anniversary of the running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (It’s actually the 91st event; the first one ran in 1923.) It also celebrates Porsche’s return to the top class at Le Mans, which takes the green flag on June 10.
“From our own rich history in motorsport and our long-standing relationship with Porsche, this documentary truly celebrates the unique impact that racing has on the cars that we drive every day,” said Bryce Huschka, consumer marketing manager for Mobil 1. “For 100 years, Le Mans has uniquely captured the attention and imagination of fans. Thanks to them, our partners and fellow car lovers, we can’t wait to bring this exceptional story to life.”
“Racing with Giants” features archival footage of Le Mans past and present, along with interviews with multiple drivers and Porsche team principals, including Allan McNish, Patrick Long, Jacky Ickx and Nick Tandy. Porsche has long competed at Le Mans, though recently solely in the slower GT class. The company will go for an overall victory this year, with new Porsche prototype cars fielded by racing legend Roger Penske.
Following a premiere in New York City, the documentary will air on Hagerty’s YouTube channel beginning June 1 at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch the official trailer below.
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