The 8th edition of Le Mans Classic was held 8-10 July 2016 at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Organised by Peter Auto and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the Le Mans Classic is open to all cars, or models of the same type, that participated in the original running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1923 and 1981. Many of the cars have outstanding pedigrees and they recall famous duels on the track where the names Arnage, the Mulsanne straight, Indianapolis, Mulsanne and Tertre Rouge, are suggestive of the battlefields on which they were fought.
As a full 24 Hour endurance race would be too demanding on the older cars, the six grids in Le Mans Classic 2016 competed in three separate heats — day and night — in succession over a 24 hour span. Similar to the modern 24 Hours of Le Mans, as soon as the sun sets over the 13.6-kilometer Circuit de la Sarthe, the racing action takes on a more enchanting atmosphere.
This charm of the night at 2016 Le Mans Classic was wonderfully captured by Senior Photographer Julien Mahiels in the following selection of photos. We split up Julien’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.
Le Mans Classic at Night 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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