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A special display of Le Mans racers has been announced for next year’s Concours of Elegance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary 24-hour enduro.
The showcase, organised in partnership with L’Automobile Club Ouest, will include some of the rarest and most fabled cars from Le Mans’ spectacular history.
Alongside the iconic racers, almost 1000 other vehicles will be on display across the weekend when the event returns to Hampton Court Palace on 1-3 September 2023.
Next year’s celebration won’t be the first time that the Concours of Elegance has welcomed some Le Mans legends, however.
The red-and-white Salzburg-liveried car gained Porsche its first overall success at the Le Mans 24-hour race, back in 1970.
Another significant vehicle from the renowned round-the-clock race to have graced Concours of Elegance is Bentley’s first Le Mans contender, a 1923 3 Litre.
The car set a lap record around the original Circuit de la Sarthe on its way to a fourth-place finish.
It marked the beginning of WO Bentley’s legendary relationship with the 24-hour race which resulted in five victories between 1924-’30.
“Le Mans is known as the most evocative, storied event in motorsport, with countless legends forged at the Circuit de la Sarthe over the past century,” said James Brooks-Ward, Concours of Elegance CEO.
“We’re thrilled to be marking its centenary by welcoming the most iconic cars from the race’s rich history to Hampton Court Palace.”
The Concours of Elegance celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022, as it welcomed more than 70 competitors for the Best in Show award.