Bob Wollek 1943-2001

wolleck.thru.windshield.signBob Wollek was riding his bicycle back to his lodging after Friday practice for the Sebring 12 hour race in 2001 when he was hit from behind by a van driven by an 82 year old man from Okeechobee, Florida.  Before his death Wollek had announced he was retiring from racing to work as a spokesman for Porsche.  The news of his death left me stunned and saddened.  I am grateful for the opportunity I had to witness his brilliance on the track and experience his kindness and wit.

I made this photograph of him while he sat in the Lancia-Martini cockpit at Le Mans in 1985.

 

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