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11 Jul 2016

Le Mans Classic 2016

Photos and report from the eighth edition of Le Mans Classic.

Hundreds of Porsche Club Great Britain members were amongst the 100,000 classic and sports car fans celebrating the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours at Le Mans Classic.

Retracing the history of the greatest endurance race in the world, over 550 cars and 1,000 drivers (including 10 Le Mans 24h winners) competed on the 13.6km track. In order to be eligible to race, cars had to have participated at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1923 and 1993. With practice and qualifying on the Friday, seven grids raced for 24 hours over the weekend.

Club displays
Club displays are an integral part of Le Mans Classic, and they didn’t come bigger than that of the Porsche Club France. Hundreds of Porsches, including many belonging to PCGB members, were divided up into Register parking, anniversary displays and a Concours.

The return of Group C
For the 8th edition of the Classic the Group C legends, which first raced between 1982 and 1993, roared back to life and returned to Le Mans!

Paddock Access
A paddock pass allowed visitors to truly experience the sights and sounds of the cars up close and personal.

Restored 924 Carrera GTP
Restored by Porsche Cars GB in just six months, the 1981 Le Mans entered 924 Carrera GTP made its return to the circuit and show debut at the festival. You can read more about the restoration work carried out on the car here.

Infield parking
Large parts of the Bugatti Circuit were filled with infield parking, meaning you were never far from a Porsche with every model of every age proudly displayed.

Parade Laps
Parade laps took place in between the racing across the festival, with a dedicated Porsche parade organised by the French Club. Hundreds of Porsches sweeping through the Porsche Curves is a site to treasure!

Another new addition to the Classic this year was a display to honour the real work-horses of Le Mans;  the transporters. Amongst the transporters on display was the John Wyer Porsche Gulf used to carry his 917s around the world.

Camping on Porsche Curves
Outside of the festival, the largest collection of Porsche could be found in Lycian-run Village on the Curves campsite, where many Club members had chosen to stay and enjoy the fine hospitality with track-side views.

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