Celebrating the world’s oldest sports car endurance race, Hexagon is putting together a line-up of famous drivers on July 5th at its flagship Finchley showroom, at an event that will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.
Already confirmed are five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE and 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood: now Jacky Ickx and Mark Blundell will join this stellar line-up with more famous drivers to be announced.
Jacky Ickx started his racing life in touring cars in the mid-Sixties before moving into F1 in 1967 and over 12 years, drove for legendary teams including Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, scoring eight outright Grand Prix wins, 13 pole positions and 181 championship points.
But it was endurance racing in which he was even more successful. Ickx won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1969 in a Ford GT40, 1975 in a Mirage GR8 and 1976, 1977 and 1981 as a factory Porsche driver (in the incredible Porsche 936) while his sixth victory was in 1982 in a Porsche 956.
Mark Blundell is another driver who has experienced success in F1 and endurance racing. In 1989 he was both a Williams F1 test driver and a factory Nissan sports car driver and, in 1990, put the fearsome turbocharged Nissan R90CK – rumoured to be running in excess of 1,000bhp at the time – on pole at Le Mans by more than six seconds in an incredible lap. In 1992 he won Le Mans in the V10-engined Peugeot 905, while his F1 career has seen him race for legendary teams such as Ligier, Brabham, Tyrell and McLaren.
First run in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest endurance race for sports cars and forms one part of the famous Triple Crown of Motorsport, the others being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.
Taking place on the Circuit de la Sarthe over a mix of closed public roads and a dedicated racing circuit, the track features landmarks such as the high speed Mulsanne straight and iconic Porsche Curves.
Raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, the evening will feature not just famous faces but star cars too, with appearances from a host of period endurance racers and an auction of motorsport memorabilia.
Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “Our line-up for July 5th is just incredible. It’s fantastic to announce that Jacky Ickx and Mark Blundell will be joining Derek Bell MBE and Richard Attwood on our star-studded panel. Jacky has had a phenomenal career – and many of his Porsche factory wins at Le Mans came with him sharing cars with Derek. It’ll be incredible to hear the two of them talking about those times. Meanwhile, Mark is one of our most experienced racers. I can’t wait to hear the story of that incredible lap in the brutal Nissan R90CK back in 1990. With more drivers to be revealed our guests are in for a fantastic evening.
“Most importantly, though, this evening will raise money for a charity that is very close to my heart. My granddaughter owes her life to the care she received while at Great Ormond Street and I am so happy that we will be able to give something back to this great hospital – and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals too – helping them to continue their incredible work. Last summer’s celebration of Ayrton Senna raised £72,000 and we have every intention of eclipsing that incredible figure.”
Hexagon’s 24 Hours of Le Mans celebration evening will take place on July 5th at 730pm at Hexagon’s flagship north London showroom located at 82-92 Great North Road, London, N2 0NL.