2021 Forum: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 9:00 am | Porsche 917

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HOST: Jay Gillotti

PANEL: Paul Hageman & Derek Hill

Jay Gillotti

Originally from Danbury, CT, Jay has lived in the Seattle area for the past 24 years. He began studying motorsport history in high school and worked for his father in a VW-Audi dealership. He has been a fan of Porsche and the 917 ever since seeing Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans as a youngster. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Jay spent nearly thirty years in the corporate relocation industry before retiring at the end of 2016. He’s also a lifelong musician and songwriter.

After joining the Porsche Club of America in 2009, Jay began writing for the Pacific NW Region newsletter, contributing over 50 feature and historical articles for the Spiel. He has also written for the PCA National magazine, Panorama, plus Forza, Vintage Motorsport, the International Motor Racing Research Center, and Collier AutoMedia. Jay was a contributor to motorsport-related books by Michael Keyser (A French Kiss with Death), Christopher Hilton (1982), and Brian Redman (Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks). He has moderated presentations by Brian Redman, John Horsman, Vic Elford, Derek Bell, and Hurley Haywood for the Porsche Club. Jay and his wife, Debbi, are a two-Porsche family with three high-maintenance Siamese/Balinese cats.

Jay’s book, Gulf 917, is the result of three decades and more spent researching and gathering information on the Porsche 917, the golden age of sports car racing, and the work of JW Automotive Engineering.

Paul Hageman

Paul Hageman comes from a family of automotive enthusiasts, helping explain his decision to start a lucrative business buying and selling old sports cars while still in high school. Following graduation from college, Paul joined the team at the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands, helping found the world-class automotive museum. In 2010, Paul went to Gooding & Company, where he spent five years exploring the intricacies of the global collector car market. At the age of 25, he became the youngest-ever judge in the history of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works with collectors around the world sourcing and selling historically important vehicles under the banner of Hageman Motorcars.

Derek Hill

Derek Hill first stepped to the microphone at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2014, and he was invited to be our Master of Ceremonies the following year. Derek has a long history with cars and the Pebble Beach Concours. He is the son of America’s first World Driving Champion, Phil Hill, and he has been in attendance at this Concours since birth, more recently showing a car and serving among our Class Judges.

Like his father, Derek initially pursued a career in motorsports, ultimately earning class wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and many other races, most often driving for the factory BMW M3 team. After winning championships in junior-level open-wheel racing in North America, Derek moved to Europe and drove his way to the FIA International F3000 Championship, the junior league for Formula One. Then, when his father became ill, Derek returned home to be with him.

More recently, Derek has focused on precision driving on road and track as well as on-screen, and he is perhaps most known and most recognized for his driving in GM’s ad campaign launching the Cadillac’s compact luxury sedan, the ATS. He has also pursued historic racing, often driving a 1962 Maserati, garnering two podium finishes at the Goodwood Revival and the Le Mans Classic, and winning the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Derek has also competed for Maserati in the Global Trofeo Series at Road America, handily earning pole position and then winning the race. Derek and his wife Courtney live a very active life, and they currently split their time between Santa Monica and Carpenteria, where Courtney is starting her own specialty vegetable farm.  

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