The second annual Les Grandes Heures Automobiles 2016 will be staged September 24-25 at the legendary banked Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry on the outskirts of Paris.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA), the 2016 event for historic competition cars and motorcycles will feature a selection of fierce Group B rally cars, set to take to the steeply banked Montlhéry track in the dark with headlamps ablaze.
The Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry has been a temple of speed and world records since 1924, as the high-speed track with 51-degree angled bends set the stage for over 1,800 car, motorcycle and bike records. It also hosted prestigious races during the interwar period, including the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The on-track action at LGHA is not a competition, but rather a series of demonstrations, based on the different vintage years and categories of the 200+ participating vehicles, enabling visitors to clearly and comfortably see the vehicles in action. The demonstrations are reserved for historic cars and bikes, as well as younger sports models, with all generations running together, divided into grids of similar machines, taking account of their engine size and age. The groups take turns on the track in a series of 20-minute sessions, with all participating cars getting a minimum of four 20-minute runs, and every motorbike enjoying at least three 20-minute sessions over the weekend.
A key aim of LGHA is enjoyment for participants and spectators alike, with drivers being able to drive safely to preserve the heritage of the historic banked Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, as well as the vehicles and drivers tackling this circuit.
Within the banked motor circuit, with the track action visible at ground level, the LGHA will include a substantial area dedicated to French and international car and motorcycle clubs, with the possibility for clubs to customise their own display with their club livery. Clubs that wish to exhibit or sell articles related to their activities will also be able to rent a space in the dedicated Trade Village.
The Les Grandes Heures Automobiles 2016 falls days before from the opening of the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Mondial de l’Automobile, allowing motoring enthusiasts the opportunity to visit two great car events in less than one week.