What Icons are made off?
Porsche 935, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

What Icons are made off?

Le Mans Classic was a shock for me. I had already attended to the 24 hours race, big shows like Duxford Flying Legends or Retromobile. However, nothing could have prepared me to the avalanche that is LM Classic. Coming back from this weekend I could not pick a car, a brand or an era that define the 24 hours of Le Mans. What were the Icons?

Bugatti Type 35, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Today Le Mans Classic has become one of the biggest event dedicated to classic cars. More than 500 cars from 1924 to yesterday, pilots from both the past and present, they all gather every two years for one weekend in the Sarthe.

Mercedes 300SL, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

In addition to the 6 main grids, you could see, smell and hear Group C racers, Jaguars, Porsches and even race cars from the early 2000s.

Bentley Speed 8, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Add to the race cars a massive club area full of treasures and rare automobiles.

Lamborghini Countach, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

So picking the Best in Show, the One to remember, is almost impossible.

Where to start?

Though the first symbol is the location itself, the Dunlop Bridge, the Hunaudières… Iconic landmarks that suggest speed and bring back memories.

Dunlop bridge, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

But then again during this weekend those memories are actually alive in a symphony of sound and smells. Thus, the beat of V8, V12 or inline 6 rocks you into ecstasy.

FIAT V8, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

If you are more visual person you can’t stay indifferent to the beauty of a D-Type going by.

Jaguar D Type, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

You can experience from so close old duels that forged companies like Ferrari Vs Ford.

Ferrari 512, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Duels that produced Icons like the Ford GT40.

Ford GT40, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Meet your heroes

You can meet your heroes from the past, like Henri Pescarolo driving for the first time His car in public.

Henri Pescarolo, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

And if Matra is too old for you, what about a casual chat with Loic Duval? Actor of Audi recent domination in the Sarthe he was driving a little Alpine Renault A 210 in the 5th grid.

Loïc Duval, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Then, they are the Car Heroes, like the fastest truck on Earth: the Bentley Blowers.

Bentley Blower, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

There are the Golden ages like the Group C.

Peugeot 905, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

So you guessed it, if there were no overview of Le Mans Classic yet it is not because of lack of material, but the opposite. Thus the great thing about Le Mans Classic is that the Icons are not still life, they are roaring on the track and in the paddocks, they are moving! Therefore it is hard to filter and pick your favourites as all your senses are tickled and memories alive.

Ferrari 250 LM, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Next time I may limit myself and set some rules or like for Porsche focus on a brand or an era. I could even just limite my weekend to a single line in the paddock. Hopefully this way I may not suffer from an overdose.

Ford GT40, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

Unfortunately it is hard to get of this drug. So it it may be safer to learn to cope with the overflow.

AC Cobra, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018
Dodge Viper GTS, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018
Classic Porsche 911, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018
Ligier JS3, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018
Lola, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018
Panhard, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018
Ferrari, Le Mans Classic 2018, 08/07/2018

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