Ultimate Racing History : Le Mans Car Museum of Circuit de la Sarthe In France
Located right next to the main entrance to the Sarthe track, Le Mans Car Museum (“Musée des 24 heures – Circuit de la Sarthe”) was founded in 1961. One of the six sections of the museum today is entirely devoted to an ultimate racing history of endurance races at Le Mans since 1923 carry on the Sarthe circuit. The museum has an exhibition of more than 40 racing cars from different eras. 15th vehicles represented in the exhibition at different times achieved victory in its class. Cars are mostly owned by the french Automobile Club ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest), General Council of the region or lent for showing in the museum by private collectors.
Ultimate Racing History
Bentley Speed 8
Bentley has a rich history of performances and victories on the racetrack of Le Mans. It all started back in the distant 20’s of last century when the Bentley Boys in 1924 for the first time won the race on the model Bentley Speed Sixes (photo is above). In the following years, the team multiplied the number of victories, winning every year from 1927 to 1930. Last time the Bentley team won at the beginning of 21 Th century. In 2003, winning the race with the Bentley Speed 8 model.
Audi R8 LMP900
Prototype Audi R8 LMP900 with the famous Tom Kristensen at the wheel won famous race 5 times from 2000 to 2002, in 2004 and 2005.
The legendary Ford GT40 began their performances in the Le Mans in 1964. Two years needed for the GT40, to win for the first time the famous race. Winning series continued for four years, from 1966 to 1969. In its 50 year anniversary from the first victory, Ford GT Supercar will again take part in Le Mans 2016 24H race in LM GTE Pro class.
Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia (MM)
Only 39 cars of this model Ferrari 166 was produced from 1948 to 1953. Winner of Le Mans 1949.
Porsche 911 GT1-98
Porsche won at Le Mans more than any other automotive manufacturer in the world. In 1998, the Porsche 911 GT1-98 won a first and second place in the overall standings, bringing the 16 victory to the famous brand. Porsche model Porsche Hybrid also won 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015.
Peugeot 905 1990
In 1992 and 1993, the modification of the model Peugeot 905B has brought two wins at Le Mans for Peugeot team. Head of the project was the famous Jean Todd, many years after worked with Michael Schumacher in Formula One.
Cadillac Northstar LMP 900
Rare guest at the French track, Cadillac twice participated in the race in 2001 and 2002. While Cadillac’s first appearance at Le Mans took place in 1950.
Venturi 600 LM
One of the most beautiful and unusual racing car in the museum. VENTURI 600 three times took part in the race. In 1995 received the status of Art Car 24 hours of Le Mans.
A racing car Alpine A442 of Renault Sport team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978.
Specially designed the prototype for the race at Le Mans. Jaguar XJR-9LM came first to the finish line in 1988. Before that Jaguar won the 24LM race back in 1957.
Model Mazda 787B brought victory for Japanese car manufacturer on the Sarthe road in 1991.
This famous car museum presents real ultimate racing history: the result of almost 100 years of racing car collection.
Le Mans Car Museum
The current Le Mans Car Museum building was built in 1991. And today, the museum occupies more than 5, 000 square meters. The museum attended by more than 60,000 visitors every year. After renovation in 2009, the museum is divided into six expositions, one of which is fully retracted demonstration of ultimate racing history with many classic racing cars. You can also get acquainted with the history of the automobile origin, the famous participants of the race, the Sarthe track history and see many other rare exhibits.
Le Mans museum opening times
Low period – Last entries one hour before the museum closes.
1st October – 31st March – Wednesday to Monday:11h00-18h00
Closed on Tuesdays except during the school holidays (all zones).
High period – Last entries one hour before the museum closes.
1st April – 30th September – everyday from 10h00 to 19h00
On January the museum is closed. Except on Fridays, Saturdays Sundays, and Mondays.
Le Musée des 24 Heures – Circuit de la Sarthe
9 Place Luigi Chinetti
72100 LE MANS
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