On the occasion of the Le Mans Classic press conference held at the Retromobile, Patrick Peter announced that the on-track action will begin on Friday morning ! The F.F.V.E exhibition entitled Race Transporters at Le Mans will be another first.
The 2016 Le Mans Classic sees a major innovation as the on-track action will begin on Friday morning starting with the parade of clubs. Then the noise and the speed will undergo a mega increase as the Group C Racing grid takes to the track, a Grande Première at Le Mans Classic. It will be followed by the other six grids which will take part in their respective qualifying sessions followed later on by their free night-time practice. Another innovation in the races is the adoption of the Slow Zones created to avoid excessively long safety car interventions and give racing priority while ensuring the safety of technicians/marshals during race incidents (80 km/h maximum in the neutralised zone). An extra addition to the programme is a supporting race for Jaguar XK, Type C, D and E, Mk 1, Mk II and Mk VIII models.
Once again the clubs that are welcomed in the very heart of the event will find themselves in a choice setting. In the 2014 Le Mans Classic 8000 cars representing 160 clubs and 80 makes invaded the interior of the circuit. A number of them took advantage of the occasion to do a lap of the track putting on an incredible parade applauded by the crowd.
Among the other highlights of the event is the prestigious Concours Le Mans Heritage Club, which comprises 24 cars that have taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours between 1923 and today, the F.F.V.E exhibition entitled Race Transporters at Le Mans – a first -, the Artcurial auction with more than 100 exceptional cars coming under the hammer, and Little Big Man in which around a hundred miniature cars in the hands of budding drivers aged between 6 and 10 do a lap of the Bugatti circuit after a Le Mans-type start. And of course added to all this will be a raft of exhibitors and shows that will plunge the paddock into another era.