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The victory of the Mazda 787 B at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans was a double first : it was the first and only success for a prototype equipped with a rotary engine and this first for a Japanese manufacturer in La Sarthe. The event was so significant in Japan that when Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot took the lead in the 1991 24 Hours on Sunday morning, the Japanese media interrupted their normal programming to broadcast the last hours of race live. To complete this feat, Mazda brought both cars to the finish. The second 787 B finished sixth and the 787 of Yojiro Terada, Pierre Dieudonné and Takashi Yorino finished eighth.
Crédit : Shinya Papercraft
We knew that it was difficult. We received three photos only. Congratulations to Sam Hubert, Romain Druel and Nicolas Galet for their superb achievements.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Peter Auto and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have decided to postpone the tenth edition of Le Mans Classic to July 1-2-3-4, 2021.
After having carefully studied different scenarios and possible dates, it was finally decided that postponing Le Mans Classic to 2021 was the best solution for this event in order to continue to bring together all lovers of the vintage car in optimal conditions.
Patrick Peter, Peter Auto: “Le Mans Classic is an international event that brings together close to 200,000 spectators in one place. As you can imagine, keeping this event at the original dates in the current context was therefore not an option. We have, in line with our partners and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, decided to postpone Le Mans Classic to 2021 where everyone can take full advantage of this magnificent retrospective of the best hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Pierre Fillon, Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Le Mans Classic is a monument in the vintage auto world. Safety and quality are therefore key to the organisation of such a prominent event. We are momentarily unable to guarantee these essential requirements and postponement is our only option. We can now focus on 2021 and look forward to welcoming you all then. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”
Due to the current worldwide health crisis, the Peter Auto’s calendar has been rearranged for the safety of participants, spectators and members of the organization.
Patrick Peter, Peter Auto: “We are adapting our 2020 calendar to cope with this situation and offer events that will allow all enthusiasts to experience them fully. We have done everything to ensure that these events are maintained by considering different scenarios, but, as you know, at Peter’s Auto, we always prioritize safety, so while we were eagerly awaiting the resumption of the season, we had to make decisions, but I can assure you that we will not stop celebrating the classic car and that passion will only be stronger!”
Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90. We always had great mutual pleasure in meeting him at major Peter Auto events of which he was often, and rightly so, the star.
He contested 10 Le Mans from 1951 to 1961, driving for the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz, where he famously formed one of the best team ever in 1955 with Juan Manuel Fangio. They was leading the race before team’s withdrawal just before midnigh, consequence of the dramatic accident involving the Pierre Levegh’s Mercerdes. Stirling Moss finished two times 2nd, in 1953 and 1956. With 16 Grand Prix victories, he was also a highly regarded F1 driver. In the 90s and 2000s, he was several times at the start of the Tour Auto (this photo in 2001). We always had great mutual pleasure in meeting at major events of which he was often, and rightly so, the star. All at Peter Auto send our heartfelt condolences to Lady Susie and Sir Stirling’s family and friends.
Being an officially licensed product of the Le Mans Classic, it was essential to get the colors precise. This includes the painted stripes over the car, the small details inside and the dials. An Italian textiles company was also commissioned to produce a bespoke black and green houndstooth fabric.⠀
The interior features a bespoke lightweight panel system to ensure a tighter fit and finish. The optional luggage box not only completes the minimal look but is functional. Other features in the car include minimal door cards with our bespoke houndstooth side pocket, a 24-hour clock, a machined PS Shield horn push, bespoke foot pates and many other small details.
With the purchase of the Le Mans Classic Clubsport, the customer has the option to specify their own bespoke luggage set. The bags are handcrafted in Italy with the materials that feature in the car. They are also designed to fit perfectly on the luggage shelf or in the front compartment.
The Le Mans Classic Clubsport is powered by a 3.4 litre, 300 horsepower engine. Details include a new cross shaft-less ITB injection system with GT3RS plenum, fully programmable ECU, RSR specification camshafts, lightened and balanced crankshaft, lightweight connecting rods, lightweight flywheel, mated to a Getrag G50 gearbox and a limited-slip differential. It offers scintillating performance with a 0-60mph arriving in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 170mph.
Community technologies can play a crucial role in reducing the number of accidents and improve driver safety. The Coyote teams used this principle as a starting point for their close collaboration with Peter Auto, which brought its experience and knowhow in motor sport to help create the Coyote Race for Peter Auto.
2020 is going to be a vintage year for all enthusiasts of historic car racing as it’s a Le Mans Classic year! In 2018, over 195 000 spectators flocked to this event that has become a not-to-be-missed rendezvous on the calendar of global meetings. But which cars will be the stars of the 10th running between 2nd and 5th July 2020? Collector cars, obviously! Discover the list of the first cars selected to do battle out on the track and help all those present relive the greatest moments of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Grid 1 (1923-1939)
1939 – Talbot Lago T26 ex-monoplace décalée
At the end of the 1930s, the German Silver Arrows dominated the racing scene. The offset single-seater Talbot Lago T26 was designed to knock them off their perch. Unfortunately, its straight-six engine was no match for the V12s that powered the Mercedes-Benz W154s. Despite this, it had a good racing career with victory in the Comminges Grand Prix and second place in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Grid 2 (1949-1956)
1953 – Cunningham C4R
Briggs S. Cunningham Jr was one of the best-know American racing drivers of his era. With his eponymous make he put the United States in the limelight and above all in the battle for victory. Out of the 36 Cunninghams produced only nine were racing cars. Among them was the C4R, which clinched the most successes including, in particular, John Fitch’s victory in the Elkhart Lake race in 1952 and Sebring in 1953. The statistics are eloquent: the three C4Rs built won 74% and finished 84% of the races in which they took part.
Grid 3 (1957-1961)
1955 – Jaguar Type D
After winning Le Mans in 1951 and 1953 the C-Type Jaguar was showing its age and its replacement had to be as quick to maintain English domination. The D-Type fulfilled all its promise and won the famous Le Mans race in 1955 driven by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb.
Grid 4 (1962-1965)
1964 – Ferrari 250 LM
The Ferrari Berlinetta Le Mans’ aim was to succeed the legendary 250 GTO. Thirty-two were built, not enough to obtain homologation in the GT category. Even so it achieved a glorious result at Le Mans by clinching first place in 1965 thanks to the N.A.R.T entry followed in second place by the Ecurie Francorchamps yellow 250 LM.
Grid 5 (1966-1971)
1970 – Porsche 917
The Porsche 917 has become an icon for all motor racing enthusiasts. The specialised press designated it the standout racing car of its century. This out-and-out racer was the undoubted queen of endurance in the 1970s. It was specially designed to achieve victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and it guaranteed the on-track spectacle, especially on the Mulsanne straight!
Grid 6 (1972-1981)
1976 – Inaltera
At the time Inaltera was known as a wallpaper brand presided over by Charles James. But it all changed very quickly! Jean Rondeau from Le Mans was looking for financial backing to build a car for the 1976 24 Hours of Le Mans and James provided him with the necessary cash. He also gave his company’s name to the car in question. Two Inalteras took the start. Henri Pescarolo and Jean-Pierre Beltoise drove no. 1 and in no. 2 were Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, Rondeau himself and a woman driver, Christine Beckers. No. 1 finished eighth.
Group C Racing (1982-1993)
1983 – Porsche 956
The Porsche 956 is among the rarer racing cars. This Group C Porsche is the symbol of the Stuttgart make’s domination in the 1980s. Its chassis was a trail-blazer for the era as an aluminium monocoque replaced the traditional tubular layout. This innovation was crowned with success as thanks to its lightness and its flat-6 engine the Porsche 956 scored several victories in the most prestigious races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Endurance Racing Legends
1997 – Panoz Esperante GTR-1 (1994-2010)
At the end of the 1990s and at the beginning of the noughties the Panoz Esperante GTR-1 was the first symbol of the original approach and the passion of its creator, Don Panoz, who played a major role in the renaissance of endurance racing. It competed in the 1997 FIA GT Championship and its best results were two ninth places at Spa-Francorchamps and Donington. The car shown here (chassis 003) also raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 2004 under the colours of David Price Racing and Larbre Compétition (retired on both occasions).
Be a racing driver – the ultimate dream! Many are called but few are chosen. Le Mans Classic enables you to make this dream come true with, as a bonus, the big Le Mans 24-Hours circuit as your playing field with Tertre Rouge, the Mulsanne straight, Arnage etc.
To become part of the legend you must enter a model that has taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours between 1923 and 1981. Priority is given to cars that have actually raced in the event during this era. The 500 cars are divided up into six grids to ensure matching groups in terms of performance and historic pertinence. Each grid takes part in three races (including one at night-time). In homage to the glorious past of the race a herringbone start is given for grids 1-2-3-4 and a flying start for the others.
In addition to the above there will be 45 minutes races on Saturday morning for Group C Racing (sports prototypes from 1982 to 1993) and Endurance Racing Legends (GTs and sports prototypes from 1994 to 2010). Two other manufacturer races and Little Big Mans parade will complete the track’s timetable.
The price of a one-car entry for two people is 6 800 € (reduced to 6 200 € up till 13th December 2019). The same owner can enter an additional car for the race with at least one driver common to both at a preferential tariff of 5 800 €. This tariff gives the right to the same facilities as for the first car.
Two general enclosure entrant passes including paddock and grandstand pass
Three general enclosure tickets including the paddock pass
Food for two people in the Drivers’ Club (from Friday midday until the end of the meeting)
The opening dinner on Thursday evening for two people
Two spaces in the Le Houx* car park inside the circuit
* Only historic cars have access (limited) to the interior of the Bugatti circuit.
Le Mans Classic, episode 10, will be held from July 2 to 5, 2020. Amongst other novelties, the circuit will be open to the spectators as early as Thursday afternoon.
For almost 100 years now the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a major catalyst in the field of technology, has written the history of motor sport – and that of the motor car. The race was held for the first time in 1923, an almost impossible feat for the era! The 10th running of Le Mans Classic in 2020 makes it an irreplaceable treasury of passion. Its principle and its impact are unique and it is reserved for cars that have raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (the car itself or another of the same type).
The cars classified by period make up six distinct grids and each one takes part in three races between 16:00 on Saturday and 16:00 on Sunday – 24 Hours. The times of the three heats (one run at night for each grid) are added up and give the main overall classification. Another classification in keeping with pure Le Mans tradition is calculated on an Index based on age and cubic capacity. And the six cars with the same number, one per grid, make up a team and are also classified as such. Two additional categories have been created; Group C (1982-1993) and Endurance Racing Legends (1990-2010).
Le Mans Classic 2020 will once again be the opportunity to escape in another motor sport era: 550 racing cars on track, more than 8,500 vintage club cars, numerous animations, an auction… without forgetting Little Big Mans, the grid with mini racing cars driven by children from 7 to 12! And for the first time, the paddocks and the village will be open from Thursday afternoon.
4 days General Enclosure ticket (€ 61 ; presale rate)
Be sure that you and your company attend Le Mans Classic in the best possible conditions by choosing the Pack Privilege, and why not accompany it with the Gold option? From the VIP car park complete with shuttle service, you can access the general enclosures, all the paddocks, a reserved grandstand and of course the Welcome, the official venue, located in front of the pits straight whose menus are concocted by a starred chef. The Gold options? First track laps, exclusive car trip across the track, trips to every part of the circuit, overflights in a helicopter, visits with commentary. But remember – the number is limited!