Le Mans Classic is a real trip down memory lane in which all participants and spectators can live in the past for a few days. Each ‘Plateau’ represents a period of racing (20s through to the 70s) and joined together they create an impressive retrospective of the iconic 24 hours of Le Mans.
In addition to these old-timers, there was a strong representation of cars that have only recently vanished from our racetracks, like the Group Cs (1982 and 1993) and Global Endurance Legends (1990s and 2000s). This event showcases progress through time and seems to add bits of future to the past in an effortless manner. Whatever category you are watching, the sights and sounds are guaranteed to stir emotions and recall memories of a time gone by.
The Le Mans Classic event has been growing ever since its creation in 2002 and this year saw an attendance of 135 000 spectators, more than 700 historic racing cars and over 1000 drivers from 30 nationalities including 10 former winners of the 24-hour race. Two of the many highlights at this year’s event were the celebrations of Porsche’s 70th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Alpine’s outright victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race.
To top it all off, the Sarthe region was blessed with beautiful weather all weekend. It really felt like you had stepped into a time-machine to relive each period in all its intensity making the dream that is Le Mans Classic perfect.