Date: July 6-8, 2018
Location: Place Luigi Chinetti, 72019, Le Mans
Almost 20 years ago the Le Mans Classic event was born and since then it has become an absolute staple of the classic vehicle calendar. This is the ninth time the event has been hosted, with this year marking several motoring anniversaries, including the 40th anniversary of Alpine’s victory in the Le Mans 24 hours and the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356.
Races & Parades
Over the three days, Le Mans will host 21 action-packed races and parades.
This year Global Endurance Legends will be making their debut in the Sarthe. This grid will be made up of GTs and prototypes which raced in the Le Mans 24 hours between 1990 and 2000 and will include models like the McLaren F1 GTR, Audi R8 and Peugeot 908. You can catch them on their demonstration runs on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Porsche France in collaboration with Peter Auto will be presenting 70 historic cars from 1950 to 1973 on the track to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Porsche. The race will feature models ranging from the first 356s to the 2.8 RSR. Plus, you’ll also get a chance to see production models on the track such as the 911 S, 914 and 916 as well as several early prototypes.
The Jaguar Classic Challenge is also back again this year. The race is open for all models of pre-1966 Jaguars including the XK series, C and D-types, MK I and MK II and E-types. In 2016 Andy Wallace was victorious in his 1955 D-type, but who will take the crown this year?
Group C Racing
Group C regulations were in force between 1982 and 1993 and led to the production of some truly legendary cars. By many, this era is considered the Golden Age of endurance racing and you’ll be able to see marques such as Porsche, Lancia, Jaguar, Nissan, Mazda and many more.
Little Big Mans
On Saturday afternoon just over a hundred 7 to 11-year olds will be taking to the track in their mini replica racing cars. This will include models like the Ferrari 330, Ford GT 40s, Chevrolet Corvettes, BMW 328s, Type 35 Bugattis, Porsche 550s and many more. These cars will also be on display in their own specially dedicated paddock.
The kids get another chance to get behind the wheel on Sunday as they take a tour of the Le Mans Classic village before the prize giving ceremony.
The classic vehicle clubs are the guardians of motoring heritage and as such take a prominent place in Le Mans Classic. In 2016, the Club Enclosure housed 200 clubs: from Abarth to Volvo. Track discovery laps, contents, picnics and much more are on offer in this enclosure including the Le Mans Heritage Club which will be displaying 24 handpicked vehicles which raced the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Le Mans Village
In the Le Mans Village, you’ll find exhibitors offering everything from spare parts to luxury watches. There will be just over one hundred exhibitors in the Village including a variety of entertainments including helicopter rides, live music and a drive-in cinema! There will also be a wide range of catering available from the humble sandwich right through to a Michelin starred restaurant,
3-day general enclosure ticket: 65 euros
For tickets including privilege access, camping and parking visit ticket.lemans.org