Le Mans Classic

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

Le Mans Classic 2022 will be held from June 30th to July 3rd. Created in 2002 by Peter Auto, in association with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Le Mans Classic offers a formidable retrospective of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The event, acclaimed from its very first edition, has continued to grow and attracted over 195,000 spectators in 2018. It is the largest gathering of classic cars with 600 racing cars on the track and 8,500 classic cars displayed in the specially designed enclosures.

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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