Event title :Le Mans Classic Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France
list date :12/31/1969
expiry date :12/31/1969
There’s something about Le Mans. Those tall cedar trees, the sandy soil underfoot, the forests, the Dunlop bridge, the sight of race cars at full speed on the Mulsanne Straight in the middle of the night – it’s truly magical. The ‘proper’ 24 Hours of Le Mans is incredible, but the Classic is in many ways better, because the crowds are smaller, the visitors more civilised, and the cars more evocative. The racing isn’t continuous because it’s broken into six different classes (’plateaus’) which get three races each throughout the 24 hours. But the sight of, say, a 917, tearing past, lights ablaze, makes up for the pauses between races.