Le Mans Classic

Date: 08 July, 2016

An exhilarating throwback to one of the world’s most legendary races, the Le Mans Classic is an adrenaline-filled weekend like no other.

Held every two years, it’s the biggest gathering of historic cars in Europe, and celebrates the vehicles that competed on the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit in France between 1923 and 1979.

This year’s event, which takes place on July 8-10, will see 500 classic racing cars on the track and more than 8,000 vintage club cars.

On the starting grid

The cars will be divided into six grids, each from a different era. The beginning of the race takes the form of a traditional Le Mans start, getting under way at 4pm on Saturday and finishing 24 hours later.

The entry list is tantalising, with an Aston Martin LM 1931, a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta 1960 and the infamous Porsche 917 from the early 1970s among the star attractions.

In addition to the array of amazing racers, the event will also feature a parade of European car clubs, an auction, family entertainment and Little Big Mans, where budding young racers aged between six and 10 take to the grid.

Don’t leave without…

• Cheering on the legends: Group C Racing enables you to see some of the cars that blazed a trail in the golden era of Le Mans in the 1980s and early 90s, including the Porsche 956 and Jaguar XJR-14

• Visiting your favourite club enclosure: More than 100 clubs chart their history through 60 makes and 8,000 cars

• Seeing what’s going under the hammer: Find a bargain or the motor of your dreams, or simply watch the excitement of the collectors’ auction

• Enjoying the extracurricular activities: When you’re not admiring the wonderful cars, you can have fun playing retro games, dancing to 60s hits or catching a movie at the cinema drive-in

How to get tickets

A general enclosure ticket is priced at 53 euros (£42) for the weekend, which gives you access to all the circuit public areas, villages, club enclosures and entertainment. If you’re only going to the practice session on Friday, tickets are 22 euros (£17).