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The Best of the 24 Hours of Le Mans..

March 30, 2014 No Comments 0

  Le Mans Start Every summer, the sleepy French town of Le Mans wakes up to the alarm of fast cars whizzing around La Sarthe. This famous French raceway is renowned as the place where The 24 Hours of Le Mans has taken place since 1923 and the Le Mans Classic biennially since 2002. The 24 Hours is the pinnacle of sports car racing. It is not only an endurance test, but is also the oldest active car race. Teams of two or three must race for 24 consecutive hours, aiming to complete the highest number of laps over this time. The track for the race is 8.5 miles (13.6 kilometres). The Le Mans Classic is raced on the same track but the cars competing must have been made between 1923 and 1979, and would have been eligible to participate in Le Mans until that year. I was lucky to attend the 2012 Le Mans Classic. One of the most spectacular cars racing was the celebrity Ford GT40 that came in third at the 1966 Le Mans race. Racing fans may remember this exciting event, in which the Ford GT40 came in first, second and third in a legendary photo finish. This race was monumental as it marked Ford’s triumph over Ferrari. After all, the GT40 was designed to unseat Ferrari’s hold on sports car racing. Scuderia Ferrari had been offered for sale to Ford, but Ferrari backed out of the deal prematurely. To retaliate, Ford hired Caroll Shelby, famed Cobra designer, to help organize the design and production of the GT40. The car did its bidding with its well-remembered 1966 win. The first and second cars (driven by Amon-McLaren and Miles-Hulme, respectively) were only 66 feet (20 metres) apart at the end of the race, achieving Le Mans’ closest finish to date. Driver...

  Le Mans Start Every summer, the sleepy French town of Le Mans wakes up to the alarm of fast cars whizzing around La Sarthe. This famous French raceway is renowned as the place where The 24 Hours of Le Mans has taken place since 1923 and the Le Mans Classic biennially since 2002. The 24 Hours is the pinnacle of sports car racing. It is not only an endurance test, but is also the oldest active car race. Teams of two or three must race for 24 consecutive hours, aiming to complete the highest number of laps over this time. The track for the race is 8.5 miles (13.6 kilometres). The Le Mans Classic is raced on the same track but the cars competing must have been made between 1923 and 1979, and would have been eligible to participate in Le Mans until that year. I was lucky to attend the 2012 Le Mans Classic. One of the most spectacular cars racing was the celebrity Ford GT40 that came in third at the 1966 Le Mans race. Racing fans may remember this exciting event, in which the Ford GT40 came in first, second and third in a legendary photo finish. This race was...

  Le Mans Start Every summer, the sleepy French town of Le Mans wakes up to the alarm of fast cars whizzing around La Sarthe. This famous French raceway is renowned as the place where The 24 Hours of Le Mans has taken place since 1923 and the Le Mans Classic biennially since 2002. The 24 Hours is the pinnacle of sports car racing. It is not only an endurance test, but is also the oldest active car race. Teams of two or three must race for 24 consecutive hours, aiming to complete the highest number of laps over this time. The track...

  Le Mans Start Every summer, the sleepy French town of Le Mans wakes up to the alarm of fast cars whizzing around La Sarthe. This famous French raceway is renowned as the place where The 24 Hours of Le Mans has taken place since 1923 and the Le Mans Classic biennially...

  Le Mans Start Every summer, the sleepy French town of Le Mans wakes up to the alarm of fast cars whizzing around La Sarthe. This famous...

  Le Mans Start Every summer, the sleepy French town of Le Mans wakes up to the alarm of fast cars whizzing around La Sarthe. This famous French raceway is renowned as the place where The 24 Hours of Le Mans has taken place since 1923 and the Le Mans Classic biennially since 2002. The 24 Hours is the pinnacle of sports car racing. It is not only an endurance test, but is also the oldest active car race. Teams of two or three must race for 24 consecutive hours, aiming to complete the highest number of laps over this time. The track...

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