Destination: Le Mans
FOR 10 YEARS, EFG AND THE LE MANS CLASSIC HAVE FORMED A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP, AND THERE’S PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2018…
Every two years, Le Mans becomes the focus of the classic-car world as enthusiasts gather at the legendary site for an unrivalled celebration of motor racing, and EFG has played a central role in it since 2008. EFG has a passion for historic motorsport and supports some of the world’s most important meetings, including the Spa Classic, Dix Mille Tours, Grand Prix de l’age d’or, Espíritu de Montjuïc, Imola Classic and Silverstone Classic. It is also involved in three prestigious concours d’elegance: the Zurich and Ascona Classic Car Awards in Switzerland, plus Salon Privé in the UK.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of its partnership with the Le Mans Classic. The event was first held in 2002, when it attracted drivers such as Bobby Rahal and Brian Redman. When it returned in 2004, no fewer than seven previous Le Mans winners were there.
By 2008, it was the largest classic-car event in France, and by 2012 the crowd of 100,000 spectators could watch more than 450 cars battling on-track.
Over the past few years, the Le Mans Classic has become a genuine festival of historic motoring and motorsport. There are vast displays from well over 100 owners’ clubs – who travel from far and wide to be part of the weekend – exhibitions showcasing special cars, the drive-in cinema, the Artcurial auction and much more.
There’s a superb cast of support races, too. The Group C cars that dominated Le Mans during the 1980s, the Jaguar Classic Challenge and – uniquely for 2018 – the Porsche Classic Race Le Mans: all of them are more than just a curtain-raiser, they are great races in their own right. But when the main action begins, here’s what to look out for…