As the name suggests, Le Mans Classic is a celebration of history and whilst the cars don’t race for 24 hours, the event is managed with short races throughout the night, a reminder of bygone times.
Saturday is race day. At 4 pm, the racing will begin and run through the night and into the next day, with each of the six grids racing in 45-minute stints before the next comes on.
This wondrous spectacle is a biennial, and significantly 2023 is the 100th anniversary of Le Mans, held from June 29 to July 2, 2023.
The event is open to racing cars that competed between 1923 and 1981. Six categories, separated by age, divide the cars.
A total of 750 motor cars take part over the weekend, with preference given to entries that have competed in previous Le Mans Classic.
Many motoring legends are racing this year, including previous Le Mans winners, endurance racers, Vanina Ickx, (Jacky Ickx’s daughter) and Britain’s very own Jenson Button.
The Circuit de la Sarthe is a unique semi-permanent racecourse, the home of Le Mans 24 Hours since 1923.
The circuit has 38 turns and is 8.5 miles in length. It’s challenging with tricky corners like the Porsche Curves and plenty of long straights. It is one of the most famous racetracks in the world.
Enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of historic cars representing the cornerstones of what is often referred to as ‘the greatest race in the world.’