You may be aware of the Le Mans 24 hour race which is held at the La Sarthe circuit near Le Mans in France which is held every year and is a real test of motoring endurance.  Every two years however they also hold Le Mans Classic which brings back cars from every era over the last 95 or so years.

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It’s a great vintage event and usually has a theme of some sort which encourages immersion in that era with dressing up expected in some areas, like the pits.

If you are interested in classic cars or motor racing or just the romance of bygone times this event (much like the Goodwood Revival but to a lesser degree) is definitely worth investigating.

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I was lucky enough to take a trip there a few years ago, driving there from the UK with my brother in his TVR Griffith; camping out for the weekend.

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Racing goes on most of the day and into the night but not the full 24 hours so if you are camping close to the circuit you can get some sleep (unlike the 24 hour race I understand).  img_9117-large

There are some beautiful cars there from all eras and even if you are not a big fan of cars I think you can still appreciate them for their design and good looks.

One aspect I particularly liked was based on cars like this….

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Take a close look

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Mini AC Cobra

That’s not a full sized car, it’s for young kids to drive and is powered by a lawnmower engine!.  The attention to detail on these things is amazing and if you lose the scale can easily be mistaken for the real thing.

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Mini Jaguar D-Type

They run a whole program of budding young drivers at this event culminating in a race on the track with the proper Le Mans style start.

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We did see quite a lot of the rain but that didn’t stop the action;

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Full-sized Cobra

I really enjoyed the weekend, the whole event was filled with excitement, nostalgia, and fellowship in a shared interest.  It was a great atmosphere and it was amazing to see motoring history in the flesh (or rather metal) used as it was intended.

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Austin Healey takes a spin

 

 

 

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