Celebrational Porsche Classic Race Le Mans for the 70th anniversary of Porsche
No matter where you come, there’s no way around all the celebrations and festivities on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the very first Porsche ever built. We’ve told you earlier about the grand exhibition of 70 years Porsche in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, there are exhibitions at the Porsche Museum and a special exhibition in Berlin. Porsche will be the hosted brand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. You all know about the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI that will take place in September at the legendary Laguna Seca. But ofcourse we are now all looking at Le Mans Classic 2018. The next big event that will the spotlights on Porsche as probably nowhere in Europe will be done. Here’s a preview of what you can expect.
Le Mans Classic 2018 will be the occasion for Porsche France to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the make’s sports cars with a race called Porsche Classic Race Le Mans. Together with Peter Auto, Porsche France assembled an exceptional field in which 70 historic Porsches will do battle on the mythical Le Mans circuit where the German manufacturer holds the historic record of 19 outright victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
This race will feature models ranging from the first 356s (1952) to the 2.8 RSR (1973). It will also include production versions like the 356 A and B series, 911 Ss, Ts and RSRs, 914/6s, as well as some prototypes from the 1950s and 60s invited to take part, like the Porsche 550 Durlite Spyder.
And ofcourse that’s not all. Even though it has nothing to do with the festivities for the 70th birthday of Porsche, Jürgen Barth will do an autograph session in the Porsche Experience Centre at Le Mans for the Schnell mal Essen – Racing & Recipes cook book he co-authored with Rüdiger Mayer.
Are you into a new car or you like the atmosphere of an auction ? The Artcurial Le Mans Auction is the place to be since several Porsches are being auctioned and there will be a lot of attention from the public for the cars that will come on the block.
It’s all about racing
But let’s not forget what Le Mans Classic 2018 is all about. And that is racing. And ooh yeah we Porsche fans will be spoiled on the track too. There are 7 important race series during the Le Mans Classic 2018 weekend with Porsches involved next to several demonstration runs like the Global Endurance Legends or the Jaguar Race. Group C racing looks very promising with approximately 25% of the entries bearing the Porsche crest on the front hood : 13 out of 44 entries on the current entry list are Porsche 956 or Porsche 962. No need to tell you the atmosphere of Le Mans of the late 80s and early 90s will be back.
Grid 1 covering the period from 1923 – 1939 is the only grid without Porsches. Even though this might be interesting, for Porsche fans that’s the grid to go find some food or explore the village with exhibitors. In Grid 2, covering the period from 1949 – 1956 there are 6 Porsche 356 and a single Porsche 550 Spyder. Grid 3 covers the years 1957 – 1961. This grid has 9 Porsches : the Porsche 718 RS60 from Peter Vögele that was recently at work in the Spa Classic 2018. Another full blood race car is the Porsche 550A Spyder from Freisinger. Next to these 2 Spyders, 7 Porsche 356 in Grid 2.
14 Porsches are racing in Grid 4 covering 1962 -1965. Next to the suspected early Porsche 911 with 2.0 liter engine, 7 to be exact, there are no less than 5 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS in the race. And as if that is not enough eye candy, you can add 2 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 to the list. The years 1966 to 1971 are covered in Grid 5. And here it becomes really impressive : 17 Porsches on the track. Not impressive enough?
Well of these 17 Porsche entries, there are 5 Porsche 917, 1 of just 20 1967 Porsche 911R, 3 Porsche 910, 4 Porsche 906, 1 Porsche 908/2 and some Porsche 911s.
Grid 6 , that covers 1972 – 1981 has no less than 30 Porsches running. How about Jürgen Barth at the wheel of a 1981 Porsche 924 GTR, or battles between several Porsche 935 and Porsche 935K3, or the Porsche 911 RSR 3.0 liter and the Porsche 930 Turbo. An amazing entry list that promises nothing but excitement and tension on the track.