Geneva show: meeting the bosses
Jason Barlow pumps the big names at Bentley, Maserati and Porsche for exclusive industry secrets
Posted: 06 Mar 2014
Fresh from unveiling the 919 and 911 RSR, Porsche granted me five minutes with Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey.
Dempsey, like Paul Newman and Steve McQueen before him, is so devoted to motor racing that acting is a means to an end. He even traded Sunday’s Oscar ceremony in favour of the Geneva show, where he was announced as one of the works drivers in the new RSR.
‘I’d go full time if I could,’ he told me. ‘The new car’s more stable than the one I raced at Le Mans last year, because of the longer wheelbase. So you don't have to hustle it as much.’ Truly, he is one of us, just richer and much better looking. Hopefully Jennifer Lawrence will get the bug some time soon.