Often visitors of classic car races don’t realise the fuzz that is going on the days before the actual event takes off. The organization is doing the uttermost to make everything ready for the moment the first visitor enters the premises. But even before, there’s lots of work to be done.

Even though we realise huge amounts of work were done yet, we walked through the gates of the Circuit de la Sarthe today to give you an impression of what an event looks like the day before.

Porsche 550 Spyder - Nicoals D'ieteren
Porsche 550 Spyder – Nicoals D’ieteren

Even though some of the cars have to be ready to get on the track the day after, not all of them arrived yet. Therefore, I guess some mechanics will have a night of work to do. Lining up the cars, getting them ready for the last technical scrutineering.

In this report you won’t see any Porsche on the track. They were all parked, ready to be pushed to technical scrutinising or jacked up with a mechanic underneath.. There is some tension sometimes, as people fear they won’t be ready. Or they discover some problems. Or the scrutineers point them to some things the car needs attention for to be allowed on the track.
One thing however is clear ; the atmosphere at a classic car race is so ‘Gemütlich’.  Obviously, I am not the only one who thinks so. And exactly that is what makes the classic races so great fun.

Le Mans Classic : the day before