Le Mans Classic 2012 Report and Photos – Page Two
The second to last grid is reserved for cars from 1966-1971 and some of the top attention grabbers would be no less than three Porsche 917K, three Ferrari 512 and two Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. Yet the crowd favourite tends to be the jet-powered Howmet TX, with its distinguishable sound.
The last grid covers 1972 until 1979 and gives a field dominated with BMW and Porsche, luckily you can find some odd-balls here as well such as a Moynet LM or a Ligier JS2 Maserati. Of course the American continent is well represented here with Corvette, which have become a permanent fixture at Le Mans in the last decade. Yet also some rare American cars, at least for in Europe such as a Chevrolet Monza and a Ford Gran Torino that does look way too big and heavy compared to the rest of the field.
The Le Mans Classic is in the first place all about 24 hours of racing, and the die-hard fans do stay up all night to watch from different spots around the track. But there is so much more then “just” the racing. In the paddock you find the shopping village and also a Heritage Concours with 24 cars from which the owners don’t feel like racing their precious gems or a few cars that are too recent to fit in any of the classes. Best of Show this year went to the 1950 Cadillac Le Monstre that was driven by Briggs Cunningham.
On Friday the crowd got treated to a visit from the Ferrari 250 GTO Tour, with 23 pieces of the most expensive car in the world doing three parade laps. If that isn’t enough you still had the manufacturer displays from Mazda, Porsche, BMW and Renault to show some of their heritage. After that you could take a stroll over the Bugatti circuit, that is the permanent inner racetrack at Le Mans, that was filled with over 8000 classic and sports cars from spectators, not counting the huge amount that remained in the camping grounds.
Despite the cold weather and regular rain showers this year that didn’t prevent 109,000 visitors (10,000 more than the 2010 edition) to enjoy the massive show in and around the holy ground of Le Mans. All we can say is bring on 2014!!