Each June, Motor Racing Legends – organizer of the historic support race at the Le Mans 24 Hours – also runs a Le Mans tour for members of car clubs. Uniquely, the trip includes the rare privilege of driving on the full Le Mans circuit on the Saturday morning of the 24 Hours weekend, before the start of the world’s greatest endurance race.
In the past, the tour has been arranged for a specific marque – in 2008, for example, the Ferrari Owners’ Club was invited to put together a ‘grid’ of its members’ cars, and more than 60 Ferraris – from F40 to 355 Spider, F430 to Challenge Stradale, 328GTB to 550 Maranello – took part.
But 2009 will be different. This June, Motor Racing Legends will run a multi-marque Heritage Parade, accepting applications from classic and modern cars – marques with a traditional link to Le Mans, from Aston Martin and Ferrari, to Jaguar, Bentley, Austin-Healey and many more.
With the roads closed to traffic, it’s an emotional journey: accelerating down the famous Mulsanne Straight, tackling the fast, sweeping Porsche Curves and cruising past the towering grandstands along the pit-straight. To quote just two participants from last year’s trip:
“Having watched the race for years from the other side of the fence, I will never ever forget the experience of heading down the start-finish straight at speed…It was difficult to comprehend that I was actually there.”
“There are very few people who get to drive the full circuit on the weekend of the Le Mans 24 Hours, with all the public roads closed, unless they’re actually racing there. It’s a fantastic experience and a great privilege.”
In addition to the parade laps, drivers can opt for a 4-night, 5-day fully inclusive package of travel and accommodation, or just a circuit and hospitality package. This covers entrance tickets to the Le Mans 24 Hours; reserved, covered grandstand seats; full circuit hospitality in a private facility shared with the Le Mans Legend historic race drivers and teams in the centre of Le Mans circuit, just a stone’s throw from the track…plus a post-parade champagne breakfast, Saturday evening buffet, Sunday barbecue lunch, along with secure and fully guarded circuit parking. Or you can choose just to do the circuit laps. Prices start from £775.
To be an integral part of this exceptional weekend, or for more information and a brochure, contact Lindsey Warren at Motor Racing Legends, on +44 (0)1293 871568, or email [email protected].