Here are some of the best pictures and videos from the 2016 Le Mans Classic
Record numbers attended the Le Mans classic event in 2016. This year more than 123,000 visitors clamoring to get a close-up look at some of the finest racing machines to grace the Mulsanne straight since the very first race in 1923.
This was the eighth edition of the Classic Le Mans, and since its inception in 2002 the biennial has grown in size and popularity considerably. Jaguar played a big part in this year’s event, with a special parade (featuring the legendary XJ13) and more than 65 cars competing through the weekend in various classes.
Organised by Peter Auto and the ACO, 2016’s event was considerably larger than previous affairs, with gates opening on Friday for a full three days. This extra day helped to push visitor numbers up more than 13,000 from the 110,000 recorded back in 2014. Very much like the Goodwood Revival, the Le Mans Classic encourages spectators to dress in outfits, although is less strict on the period: anything from the 1950s,1960s and 1970s will do.
Again, very much like the Revival, it’s a great events for clubs and more general car enthusiasts to meet up. More than 8500 cars from clubs all over Europe made an appearance over the weekend, while a central Village provides some entertainment away from the circuit.
But everyone comes to Le Mans for the racing. Here are some of the best moments from the weekend:
Le Mans Classic Saturday highlights
Stunning sights and sounds of the 1970s Le Mans stars at night
A taste of of Grid 4, which contains cars from 1962-1965