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This year’s Le Mans Classic has been pushed back another 12 months.
Following the pandemic-prompted cancellation of the 2020 edition, organiser Peter Auto has confirmed that the rescheduled 1-4 July 2021 event will now not go ahead either.
It is hoped that the usually biennial meeting will return for its 10th running in July 2022, on either the first or second weekend of that month.
And there’s more.
Plans are also afoot for an additional meeting in 2023.
The Le Mans Classic Centenary Edition, in July 2023, will be part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The organising team explained it was keen to take the decision about this year’s race now, “so as not to take anyone by surprise”.
“It is totally impossible to organise a miniature of the event which normally welcomes 200,000 spectators,” said Peter Auto. “In summary, a Le Mans Classic which would not be anymore the celebration of the automobile it has become in 20 years and 10 editions of existence. Unthinkable!”
The 2022 date will be confirmed in September.
If you were scheduled to join the Classic & Sports Car Reader Run to the 2021 Le Mans Classic, you’ll be able to transfer your booking to 2022 or get a full refund.
“We were really looking forward to the 2021 Le Mans Classic Reader Run. The good news is we will get another opportunity in July 2022,” said Thomas Brimblecombe, from Run organisers Travel Destinations.
“We will be contacting everyone with a reservation by phone in the coming weeks, to carry it over to 2022 or receive a refund. We want to thank all our customers for their loyalty and patience, and we will be in touch as soon as possible.”
Images: Christophe Jouniaux/Laurent Cartalade/Pierre-Yves Riom/Peter Auto