Mark Hales appeal launched

Revered racing driver and motoring journalist Mark Hales faces bankrupcy after a Porsche 917 he was driving suffered engine damage.

Mark Hales drives McLaren F1 GTR

A racing driver and journalist faces a six-figure bill after damage to a Porsche 917 he was driving. Mark Hales was sued by the car’s owner, David Piper, after serious engine damage occurred during a drive at Cadwell Park for a magazine feature.

Mark’s defence was that mechanical failure caused the Porsche to jump out of gear, which led to the engine over-revving. Piper claimed that Hales failed to engage the gear correctly, which led to the engine damage. The engine was rebuilt in Germany for the sum of 37,370 euros after the incident. A court case concluded Hales had over-revved the engine, and he’s been left with total payments of around £110,000 plus his own legal bill. He faces bankruptcy and potentially the loss of his home.

Hales is a long-time contributor to evo and a regular driver of Nick Mason’s multimillion-pound Ferrari 250 GTO in the Goodwood Revival. He is revered as one of the most talented and experienced drivers in motoring journalism circles and regularly drives priceless racing cars for both races and magazine features.

A fund to help pay for Hales’s costs has been started at www.savethehales.com. Click here if you’d like to help.

Most Popular

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale
Aston Teaser
Aston Martin DBX

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
18 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring eCoty – front tracking
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
7 Jan 2022
Morgan Plus Four LM62 limited edition celebrates anniversary of Le Mans triumph
Morgan Plus Four LM62 – front
Morgan Plus 4

Morgan Plus Four LM62 limited edition celebrates anniversary of Le Mans triumph

Special Edition Morgan to celebrate 60 years since its class win at Le Mans
18 Jan 2022