Since its inception in 2002, the biannual “Le Mans Classic” has established itself as world’s largest and ultimate vintage car race. Nearly 500 classic racing cars reconvened at the legendary track at the Sarthe from July 6 to 8, 2012.
Porsche Classic, the Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG department responsible for providing support for all vintage and recent classic Porsche vehicles was once again in attendance. Located directly at the starting grid, in the so-called Bugatti Circuit, the large Porsche area provided parking space for almost 1,000 Porsche vehicles. Here, Porsche Classic was able to provide insight and answer guests’ questions regarding the supply and restoration of original Classic parts. New and customized Porsche vehicles were on display in the Le Mans Village, where Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment, as well as the event truck of Driver’s Selection by Porsche Design, were represented. And, of course, the French Porsche Museum attended with selected racing cars which were driven by renowned drivers such as Gérard Larrousse, Derek Bell and Vic Elford at the Porsche Parade. Even Jacky Ickx was welcomed at the Porsche booth on Friday.
The historic racing atmosphere can be re-experienced live and authentically today at the “Le Mans Classic”. And of course, the drivers, who compete classified in a series of six “plateaus” (classes) and by year of manufacture up to 1980, start according to the classic Le Mans rules: At the starting signal, the drivers sprint to their cars, start the engine and speed off. Each starting line-up is called to the start three times within the 24 hours, each of the vintage racing classics is on the track for a good two hours. The equipment is not spared, however. The fastest of the racing machines reach speeds of over 300 km/h on the famous Hunaudières straights.