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Le Mans Classic 2023: Photo Gallery

Le Mans Classic 2023: Photo Gallery
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Le Mans Classic 2023: Photo Gallery

2023 marked the centenary of the Le Mans 24-hour race, and Don from our Technical Team hopped the channel, headed to Circuit de La Sarthe to take in all the Le Mans Classic action. Here is just a taster of what Le Mans Classic is all about. 

Another big anniversary...

On top of the 100-year race celebrations, Porsche continued to party for their 75th anniversary, with a huge Stuttgart contingent on display, hitting the track and scattered across all the campsites. The scale of this event is simply mind-blowing. 

Le Mans Classic 2023 Porsche VW displayLe Mans Classic 2023 Porsche VW display
Le Mans Classic 2023 yellow 992 GT3RS and white 911Le Mans Classic 2023 yellow 992 GT3RS and white 911
Yellow Porsche 911 race cars at Le Mans Classic 2023Yellow Porsche 911 race cars at Le Mans Classic 2023
Le Mans Classic 2023 Porsche race cars in paddockLe Mans Classic 2023 Porsche race cars in paddock
Porsche 914 race cars in paddock Porsche 914 race cars in paddock
Green Porsche 904 Carrera race car in paddock at Le Mans Classic 2023Green Porsche 904 Carrera race car in paddock at Le Mans Classic 2023
Porsche line up celebrating 75th anniversary at Le Mans Classic 2023Porsche line up celebrating 75th anniversary at Le Mans Classic 2023

The Legends

It wouldn't be Classic Le Mans without some Group C action. If you were born in the 70s or 80s these were the endurance racing poster cars of your childhood. Looking equally resplendent and further along the paddock were the Porsche GT1 and the 993 GT2 of the mid-late 90s. 

Red Porsche 962 race car in paddock with wheels off Le Mans Classic 2023Red Porsche 962 race car in paddock with wheels off Le Mans Classic 2023
Porsche 962 Group C race car Rothmans Livery at Le Mans Classic 2023Porsche 962 Group C race car Rothmans Livery at Le Mans Classic 2023
Porsche GT1 front at Le Mans Classic 2023 paddockPorsche GT1 front at Le Mans Classic 2023 paddock
mechanics working on Porsche GT1 race car at Le Mans Classic 2023mechanics working on Porsche GT1 race car at Le Mans Classic 2023
Porsche 993 GT2 in the paddock at Le Mans Classic 2023Porsche 993 GT2 in the paddock at Le Mans Classic 2023

VW turn out

Keen not to be overlooked, there was a big VW presence from owners across Europe, including this classy combo - a Splitscreen pickup with a classic Formula Vee on the back. 

Blue VW Type 2 Split at Le Mans Classic 2023Blue VW Type 2 Split at Le Mans Classic 2023
VW Type 2 at Le Mans Classic 2023VW Type 2 at Le Mans Classic 2023
VW Type 2 Split pickup with Formula Vee race car on the back at Le Mans Classic 2023VW Type 2 Split pickup with Formula Vee race car on the back at Le Mans Classic 2023
Green VW Beetle with vintage sign writing at Le Mans Classic 2023Green VW Beetle with vintage sign writing at Le Mans Classic 2023
Gold VW Type 2 vehicle transporter at Le Mans Classic 2023Gold VW Type 2 vehicle transporter at Le Mans Classic 2023
White hippy styled VW Type 2 Splitscreen at Le Mans Classic 2023White hippy styled VW Type 2 Splitscreen at Le Mans Classic 2023
Beige Brazilian VW Bus at Le Mans Classic 2023Beige Brazilian VW Bus at Le Mans Classic 2023
Blue and white VW Splitscreen campervan with pop top at Le Mans Classic 2023Blue and white VW Splitscreen campervan with pop top at Le Mans Classic 2023

And what about the racing? 

Yeah... There was lots and lots of racing going on too! Whilst the classic race cars aren't put through a non-stop 24-hour endurance test like the modern version, there is racing happening all weekend, with plenty of support races before 3 rounds of Classic Le Mans racing. Each of these rounds lasts about 45 minutes and pits relevant age machinery against each other throughout the day and night, to bring back the spirit of the past performances at this legendary circuit.  

head to head Sportscar racing at Classic Le Mans 2023head to head Sportscar racing at Classic Le Mans 2023
White Porsche 935 race car with flaming exhaust at Classic Le Mans 2023White Porsche 935 race car with flaming exhaust at Classic Le Mans 2023
Vintage race cars at Classic Le Mans 2023 under the Porsche bridgeVintage race cars at Classic Le Mans 2023 under the Porsche bridge
Green Porsche 914-6 race car on track at Classic Le Mans 2023Green Porsche 914-6 race car on track at Classic Le Mans 2023
Porsche 911 and 935 racing into a corner at Classic Le Mans 2023Porsche 911 and 935 racing into a corner at Classic Le Mans 2023
White and green Porsche 924 GTP at Classic Le Mans 2023White and green Porsche 924 GTP at Classic Le Mans 2023
Yellow McLaren F1 GTR with Harrods livery at Classic Le Mans 2023Yellow McLaren F1 GTR with Harrods livery at Classic Le Mans 2023
Procession of classic endurance race cars at Le Mans Classic 2023Procession of classic endurance race cars at Le Mans Classic 2023
Red Porsche 911 race car on track at Classic Le Mans 2023Red Porsche 911 race car on track at Classic Le Mans 2023
Porsche 911 and BMW 635CSI racing at Classic Le Mans 2023Porsche 911 and BMW 635CSI racing at Classic Le Mans 2023
Mercedes SL and Porsche 356 on track at Classic Le Mans 2023Mercedes SL and Porsche 356 on track at Classic Le Mans 2023

All these great pics make you want to go, doesn't it?! Classic Le Mans only happens every 2 years, so you've got a bit of a wait - but the good news is, it will be worth it, and we'll probably see you there!! 

If this is up your street, we expect you'll also enjoy events such as the Goodwood Revival and the Silverstone Festival. 

Our thanks to Don for sharing his experience with us, and to JB for the extra on-track photos. 

Andy 

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