Derek Bell at Goodwood
GT & Sport Cars
The British driver in a 1970 Ferrari 512 S
Goodwood, 26 June – On the 17th May 1970, Derek Bell drove his first Sports Car in an endurance race at the Spa 1000 Km. The car was a Ferrari 512 S, one of only 25 cars built to contest the Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1970 and 1971. The car was entered by Ecurie Francorchaps and Derek shared it with Belgian driver Hughes de Fierlant. With an all-alloy 5.0 litre V12 engine, generating 550hp, the 512 S had a top speed of over 212mph. Designed by Giacomo Calari as both a berlinetta and a spider, the car had a tubular spaceframe chassis with polycarbonate bodywork for a total weight of only 840kg.
Derek Bell started the Spa 1000 Km in 7th place, and finished 8th overall. He also then drove the 512 S at Le Mans, but this time it was a works entry with Ronnie Peterson as teammate, and again at the 9hrs of Kyalami in November again with the Ecurie Francorchamps. During the Spa 1000 Km, the car wore race number 23, which it will wear again during the Festival of Speed when Derek drives the car once again. The car is currently held in a private collection and is not normally campaigned.
However, as part of the Derek Bell Celebration at the 2015 Festival of Speed, the owner wanted to ensure that Derek had the chance to be reunited with the car that launched his career in Sports Cars.
Derek Bell will be driving the Ferrari 512 S in the Goodwood Hillclimb in the Derek Bell Celebration class at 12:20 and 14:30 on Sunday.