DIY Le Mans
8th February, 2009
Each June, Motor Racing Legends – organiser 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.
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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
- “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
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 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.
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