Porsche 718: A Living Legacy

Petrolicious: “Once you get it on song, get up to 7,000-plus-revs, it was absolutely amazing,” says racing driver Derek Bell, “…and the fact you could brake so perfectly, flick it into a corner, put the power on…it just wanted the hell driven out of it.”

Former Porsche works driver Derek Bell wasn’t just driving any classic Porsche on any road—he was driving the Targa Florio-winning 718 RS 60 on the actual Targa Florio course in Italy. Noted for its 800+ corners, dozens of hairpin turns, and danger everywhere else, the Targa Florio is still a revered, respected, and cherished event in Sicily, where it was held in period.

Bell’s career, however, happened much later and he never did get a chance to drive Porsche’s diminutive giant-killer in period competition. “I never imagined I’d ever drive this car, I never imagined I’d ever drive on the Targa Florio…”

About RocknRoland

Born and raised in Malmo, Sweden. Graduated with a business degree from the University of Lund. Started US subsidiary of listed Swedish business, and run it for 15 years. Owned and operated a US business, Elvex Corporation, for 18 years, Sold the business and retired in February 2012. Married to wife Kerstin for 40 years. We have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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