Auto Racing: 24 Hours of Le Mans
For many car enthusiasts the true test of endurance is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Run every year since 1923, except 1936 for economic reasons and 1940-48 during the Second World War, this race has become the true test of a driver’s ability and determination. The race takes place at Cirque de la Sarthe in the town of Le Mans and is considered by some to be the most famous automobile race in the world.
Encompassing a track that is 8.5 miles long and runs through the country roads of the region, this course is both challenging and scenic. Racers run their cars for the 24 hours to accumulate as many miles as possible. The driver that can endure the longest and collect the most miles driven wins.
Over the years, most of the major manufactures of Europe have participated in the event. The teams from Porsche have dominated the race with sixteen wins. Although, the European teams have held a large presence, the team from American carmaker Ford, has been impressive with six wins over the years.
Held in June annually, the 24 Hours of Le Mans attracts some of the world’s best drivers. From the team of Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard, winners of the first race, to Olivier Gendeien the race’s first four-time winner and the team that has included Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro winners of four of the last eight races. This endurance race creates legends out of its drivers.
Book your rooms early. Pack a sleeping bag and comfortable chair. Stake out your race side seats and witness what has become the pinnacle of racing success. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a true testament of the human will.