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…

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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…

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