Classic Sports Car - - Contents - ALAS­TAIR CLE­MENTS Edi­tor in chief, Clas­sic & Sports Car

What is it that drives our hobby? A love of old cars is a given, but it’s about much more than that. It’s about find­ing like-minded souls and shar­ing that pas­sion – plus oc­ca­sion­ally the pain – with them. It’s about mak­ing new friends and en­joy­ing col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ences as part of the clas­sic-car com­mu­nity.

This was brought into sharp re­lief once again last month, as it is ev­ery two years, by the mag­nif­i­cent Le Mans Clas­sic (p14). The road trip down to La Sarthe in our own cars, along with col­leagues and friends on the C&SC Reader Run (which you can read all about in Our clas­sics next month), has be­come an un­miss­able pil­grim­age – 2018 marked art edi­tor Martin Port’s eighth visit to his favourite event.

This year’s trip wasn’t with­out its chal­lenges. The cars all did them­selves proud, but we were miss­ing sev­eral key mem­bers of our equipe from Le Mans mis­sions past – those who have ei­ther moved on to pas­tures new or joined the choir in­vis­i­ble. So on Fri­day evening we took to the bank­ing over­look­ing the Porsche Curves and raised a glass to ab­sent friends… then pro­ceeded to make plenty of new ones among our fel­low clas­sic campers through­out the week­end.

The an­tic­i­pa­tion brought about by the bi­en­nial na­ture of this event is key to its ap­peal, but for me the real joy of go­ing there in a clas­sic is the sense of be­ing a tiny part of some­thing very, very spe­cial.

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