As part of the Le Mans Classic 2010, Porsche celebrated the 40th anniversary of its first overall victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
The "Le Mans Classic" has established itself as the largest and ultimate oldtimer race since it started in 2002. The Le Mans Classic takes place every two years. 470 classic racing cars and almost 100,000 visitors met on the legendary race circuit from 9 to 11 July this year for the fifth staging of the speedy 24-hour race.
Anyone who wants to experience live the racing atmosphere of bygone eras will find all the ingredients at the Le Mans race: an authentic backdrop, an enthusiastic public, different classes of fantastic racing cars and courageous drivers. The start is in accordance with past tradition. At the starting signal, the drivers run to their cars, start the engine and speed off. This is done in a series of six plateaus, with the classes sorted according to model year. Racing cars that started in the Le Mans race up to 1980 are allowed to participate.
Each starting line-up is called to the start three times within the 24 hours. Each racing car is just over two hours on the road. That's long enough. Because during this time, the vehicles are driven mercilessly around the track. The fastest cars reach speeds of over 300 km/h on the famous Hunaudières straight.
However, the Le Mans Classic is much more than the 24 hours from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Le Mans Classic offers superb entertainment. Thousands of interesting visitor vehicles can be admired on the circuit's infield. No new cars - these have to remain outside - just the most interesting classic cars.
International car manufacturers and clubs present themselves on the so-called Bugatti Circuit. The large Porsche area is also located here – directly at the starting line-up of the racing cars. This year, there were again almost 1,000 Porsche vehicles parked there. The Porsche drivers met in the Porsche Hospitality area or at one of the Porsche exhibition stands. This year, Porsche Classic was present with a large exhibition, where Porsche Classic experts from Zuffenhausen were available to provide customers with practical advice. On exhibit were current remakes of Classic Genuine Parts and the technical literature available for classic Porsche vehicles. Pictures of a restoration in the Porsche Classic workshop were also presented in a film. Highlight: the bodyshell of a 911 SC RS (1983 model) - a museum vehicle that is currently being restored in the Classic workshop. In addition to Porsche Classic, the Porsche Museum, Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment and Porsche Driver's Selection were also represented.
In this worthy setting, Porsche celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1970 triumph of Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood, who drove the famous Porsche 917 KH with starting number 23 across the line to overall victory. Many exceptional vehicles, such as the 917 KH (starting number 23), the Porsche 936 Martini (winning car in 1977), the Porsche 962 (6 victories in the 1980s) and last, but not least, the Porsche GT1 (winning car in 1988) - gathered for this occasion at the Porsche Museum stand. As did many of their former drivers: Hans Herrmann, Richard Attwood, Laurent Aiello, René Metge and Vic Elford signed autographs at the Porsche stand and led an anniversary parade with the Porsche vehicles that have shaped Le Mans racing history for decades and that travelled directly from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Special mention goes to the Porsche 917 with starting number 22 (winning car in 1971) and the atypical pink Porsche 917 nicknamed "The Sow" (participated in the 1971 race).
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