In it’s 10 year of existence, the bi-annual Le Mans Classic surely has proven to be an event not to be missed by any vintage car lover. The organiser Peter Auto, with a great experience in the organisation of vintage car events like Le Mans Classic itself, Spa Classic, Imola Classic on the race-track, and road-races like Tour Auto Optic 2000 , LA RONDE DU VENTOUX OPTIC 2ooo and GSTAAD CLASSIC AUDEMARS PIGUET to name just a few.
With such a record, it seems to be fairly easy for the organiser to attract the world-top of vintage cars to one of the most iconic race-tracks in the world. It’s not that easy to get your car into Le Mans Classic, but the entry list clearly shows plenty of people want to be part of one of, if not, the biggest , best known and most appreciated vintage car events worldwide.
One of the highlights this year was a demonstration run of the Ferrari 250 GTO Tour. About half of the production of the 39 Ferrari 250 GTO on the Le Mans Track , which on it’s own would be worth the visit as it was a unique opportunity to see the multi-million cars gathered. Next to that, about 8000 cars from 170 clubs representing 80 makes signed present, and in the races no less than 450 cars on the startgrid in 6 different plateaus. All this contributed to the overwhelming success of this 6th edition.
On the Porsche side, an astonishing lot of cars made it to Le Mans with some real specialties to mention. Vincent Gaye in his psychedelic 917-021, Richard Attwood in the Porsche 917.026,Carlos Monteverde in the Porsche 917 replica (ex- David Piper). Great to see the german owned Porsche 718-033, ex Jean Behra. Stanley Gold , known for his vividly racing-style, brought his 718-076 to the event too. 550 Spyder both on the grid as next to , with the ex Josef Jeser , and now Belgian owned Porsche 550-016.
(by the way any information on chassis-numbers and history of the other 550’s and 904’s is more than welcome) Ofcourse lots of 911 and derivates on the track too, with the ultimate Porsche 935 Moby Dick , owned by Freisinger and a great lot of early Porsches 911 RS and RSR’s too.
I guess it’s needles to say you could see most of the models of the 356 range on the track too, from the real early pre A’s over the Speedsters to the early 60’s B and C models.
The number of spectators grew this edition with about 13.000 to an overwhelming 109.000, making this probably the biggest vintage racing show worldwide. Many thanks to the organisation for making this happen and giving that many vintage car lovers an opportunity to witness the event , races and atmosphere at the Sarthe race track. See you in 2014.