Serge Vanbockryck is just the man you need at Le Mans when it’s 2am. Corvette Racing’s long-time PR co-ordinator is great company – and it doesn’t hurt that he’s quick to offer good, strong coffee in the team’s suite directly above its pit. Naturally, conversation tends to centre around the race playing out around us, but in the wee small hours it rarely takes long to be diverted by stories of past Le Mans. The Belgian, a former journalist for whom sports car racing has always been his choix du jour, has always professed to an unnatural obsession with Porsche’s 956/962, the model variants that dominated the glorious Group C era of the 1980s. We knew he was working on a book, but in all honesty I was starting to wonder whether Serge would ever finish it, never mind get it published. But finally here it is – or at least half of it.
This eye-wateringly priced two-volume slip-cased heavyweight (limited to 956 copies) is the latest addition to the Porter Press ‘Ultimate’ series. More than 300,000 words over 800 pages… and it’s only part of the story, focusing just on the 956, and then only the Rothmans-backed factory entries. More is promised on the 962 years – so you could say Serge really does like these cars.