Le Mans Classic

Spectacular historic racing sportscars at the Le Mans Classic
Photo | Laurent Cartalade

The 10th staging of Le Mans Classic has been a long time coming and fans will have had to wait for three years to see again the classic cars on the long circuit. Created in 2002 by Peter Auto in association with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Le Mans Classic offers a great retrospective of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours. In 2021, the event will include several novelties and celebrate various anniversaries.

The Le Mans Classic offers spectators and entrants equally-matched fields in terms of performance and historic pertinence. The 500 racing cars are divided up into six grids, each of which corresponds to a particular period. The cars selected are those that have taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours between 1923 and 1981. Priority is given to cars that have actually raced in the event in their particular era. For each grid, 10 reserves take part in the day and night-time practice sessions to be ready to fill a place left vacant by the withdrawal or retirement of another car. A Le Mans-type start as used between 1925 and 1969 will be given for grids 1-2-3-4. Flying starts will be used for the others.

Grids

1923-1939

1949-1956

1957-1961

1962-1965

1966-1971

1972-1981

Events

  • 6 Grids: day and night practice from Friday on, 18 races from Saturday to Sunday
  • Group C Racing: the stars which shone on this track in the ’80s and early ’90s
  • Global Endurance Legends: GT and prototypes from ’90s et 2000s
  • Little Big Mans: a parade of hundred budding drivers aboard their mini cars
  • Club parades
  • Car manufacturers’ parades
  • Paddocks (pre-booking option)

 

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