A Lunch To Remember
The day after my ride with Derek Bell I was invited to attend a luncheon at La Boîte d’Asperge, a small restaurant near the circuit. I was seated at a table with a few other photographers and journalists and a selection of great sports car drivers. The conversation, in a mixture of French and English, was filled with racing anecdotes punctuated with laughter. I was silent, listening in amazement when Paul-Henri Cahier announced that I had a lap the previous day in a Porsche 956. Seated across from me, Jochen Mass laughed heartily saying “ Oh you are the tall American that rode with Derek. You know the crew had a bet going you weren’t going to fit!” The whole table joined him in laughter. I guess I must have been quite an amusing spectacle folding myself into the car. Afterwards I took this picture, left to right: Bob Wollek, Jochen Mass, Bernard Cahier, Henri Pescarolo and Claude Ballot-Léna.