The annual support race at the Le Mans 24 Hours is a jewel in the crown of historic motorsport. On Saturday 22nd June 2013, the Le Mans Legend will once again return to La Sarthe with a sensational grid of 61 Le Mans cars from the 1949-65 era.
Each year, Motor Racing Legends – the organisation behind the Le Mans Legend – selects an era of Le Mans history and invites genuine race cars and their sister cars from that period to take part in a highly nostalgic, but highly competitive historic race on the full 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit. Not only is this a chance to see real Le Mans-style cars from the past in full, on-track action at the venue where they were born to race, but it takes place just a few hours before the start of the modern 24 Hours, on the Saturday morning of the Le Mans weekend.
Next year, the historic action will be a two-driver race on Saturday 22nd June 2013, with cars from 1949 to 1965 again doing battle at Le Mans: think AC Cobra and Aston Martin DBR1, Lister Knobbly and Ferrari 250LM, Jaguar D-type and Iso Bizzarrini. But it’s not just the big bruisers at the front of the grid that demand attention. Right through the field, we can expect evocative cars of all sizes and shapes that capture the essence of Le Mans in the 1950s and early ’60s: Alfa Romeo TZ1, Porsche 904/6, Triumph TR2, Aston DB2, Jaguar XK120, Lotus, MG, Austin-Healey, Frazer Nash…
The Le Mans 24 Hours is, without doubt, the greatest endurance event in the history of motorsport – but while it’s the modern might of Audi and its rivals that makes headlines around the world, the Le Mans Legend historic support race also captures the hearts of the 200,000-plus visitors who make the pilgrimage to La Sarthe for that magical weekend in mid-June. Not to mention the vast audience across Europe who watched last year’s televised Le Mans Legend.
Don’t be caught out in 2013, however: the 22-23 June weekend slot is slightly later in the month than usual… best get it in the diary now.
More details can be found at www.motorracinglegends.com