Le Mans Classic 2018, a record edition

Races twice around the clock at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The Le Mans Classic by Peter Auto is an event that has stolen the hearts of most classic car fans. Whenever a true classic sportscar lover has the chance, he will attend the Le Mans Classic weekend at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in France. And there are many reasons for this, every edition again.With over 135.000 visitors, and thousands cars in the club stands, there is no way around. Le Mans Classic 2018 was a record breaking edition  In 2018,  the organisation Peter Auto and ACO ( Automobile Club de l’Ouest) could not let the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356 go unnoticed. And they did in a splendid way with several Porsche dedicated track activities and a static competition Porsche exhibition.

Celebrating Porsche 70th anniversary at Le Mans Classic

With the help of Porsche France and the Porsche Museum, a parade of Porsche cars made a celebrational tour along the race track. The leading car was the  the car that started the complete history of sportscars of Porsche . Porsche number 1 was driven by Felix Porsche’s cousin Felix Lange. 5 time Le Mans winner Dereck Bell drove a 1971 911 Carrera RSR from the Stuttgart museum. French icon Henri Pescarolo was at the wheel of the Porsche 908/03. The other French race legend Romain Dumas drove a Porsche 906 Carrera 6. 

Porsche Classic Race Le Mans

More Porsches on the track in the race series created for the Le Mans Classic event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the sportscar : The Porsche Classic Race Le Mans. Porsche France, in collaboration with Peter Auto, assembled an exceptional field of over 70 historic Porsches to battle on the mythical Le Mans circuit. A race track with a strong connection to Porsche. The German manufacturer holds the historic record of 19 outright victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The complete history of Porsche sportscars was present. Starting with  early Porsche 356 over different versions of the Porsche 911 and rare birds like the Porsche 550 Durlite Spyder. Well represented was the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 with several cars participating in the race. German Bruschnick in the Porsche 910 (910-005) was declared the winner, even though it was Ewen Stievenart who finished first in a rare Porsche 908 LH. The French rally legend Gérard Larousse drove a 1970 Porsche 911 ST.

Le Mans Classic 2018 - Porsche 908/03-005
Le Mans Classic 2018 – Porsche 908/03-005

Exhibition of Competition Porsches

A more static way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Porsche sportscars, was the display of competition Porsches in the village. Porsches that were eligible for Le Mans and many other road and endurance races were put on display one next to another. Porsche models that are usually kept in garages as hidden treasures were now shown to the public, many of them multi-million Euro cars. The display started with a dazzling Porsche 550 Spyder, accompanied by a Porsche 718 RS60 Spyder, over the very same Porsche 356 Carrera Abarth ( 1002) that lands us in the early 1960’s. A Porsche 904 and Porsche 906 ,Porsche 907, Porsche 908 and Porsche 908/03 and a Gulf livery Porsche 917K.  As if that’s not enough eye-candy, there was the iconic 1974 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 2.1, a car that even could be seen on the track at the Le Mans Classic 2016. The Porsche 956 (956-117) in the exhibiton was the very Porsche that took victory in both 1984 (Klaus Ludwig / Henri Pescarolo)  and 1985 (Klaus Ludwig / Paolo Barilla / John Winter) for Joest Racing.

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