It’s getting close to christmas, which means the motorsport season has quietened down a little (though that’s debatable these days), and also means motorsport fans around the world will be counting down the days to receiving an abundance of motorsport paraphernalia from their loved ones!
Rene de Boer’s Porsche Victory 2015, is a good candidate when looking to draw a smile on the morning of the 25th.
It’s safe to say that upon reflection, the 2015 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours was a special one. Anyone who watched at home or at the track witnessed a special moment in motorsport history, when Nico Hulkenburg crossed the line to claim Porsche’s 17th overall victory at La Sarthe along with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. Porsche Victory is very much a fitting homage to that performance, and tells the story of the race with stunning photography and detailed prose.
The 192-page annual-style book tells the story of Porsche’s 2015 Le Mans from the unveiling of the 919 at Paul Ricard right until the chequered flag of the big race. It includes detailed driver profiles, shots of all the previous Porsche victors and most importantly, acknowledges all the Porsche entries in the race.
That addition is very much a strength of the book, as aside from the three factory LMP1 entries, the German marque was also represented in GTE Pro and Am by Team AAI, Porsche Team Manthey and Proton. It does a good job of following the other Porsches, though the LMP1 team is justifiably the star of the show.
Another very welcome feature is that it comes written in three languages. The entire book is written in German, English and French, and easy to navigate too. The English translations are spot on, and read very well. It contains a good account of the race action, as well as some breakouts featuring the Porsche engineers and drivers, with at times very interesting and entertaining quotes.
The written word however, isn’t what sticks out when flipping the pages of Porsche Victory, instead, it’s the photos. Eight photographers contributed their work to the book, and the quality doesn’t waiver throughout, capturing the emotions of the drivers outside the cockpit, the beauty of the cars, and the spirit of the Le Mans 24 Hours through day and night.
We’ll look back on Le Mans 2015, and remember it as the race which sparked the revival of Porsche at the front of the sportscar pack, as since then, its rivals from the Audi and Toyota camps haven’t had much of a look in.
Porsche Victory 2015 is therefore an extremely worthy addition to any motorsport fan’s collection, pinpointing a key part of a fantastic year of racing; and will definitely sit very nicely beside the ACO’s official 2015 yearbook.
Rene de Boer’s Porsche Victory 2015 is published by Gruppe C Motorsport, price £32.99