Le Mans Classic 2018

Le Mans Classic 2018

2018 season has been a year of firsts for me. Some of the photo shoots have been outstanding & non more so than the Le Mans Classic 2018. Having been there last year for the modern 24Hour Le Mans race, I was really looking forward to seeing the difference.

The format is slightly different in that there are a series of races, rather than 1 race lasting 24 hours. The races were for 6 different ‘Grids’ of cars. These ‘grids’ have cars from different years competing against others from their period. Each car would compete in daytime & nightime races over the 24 hours of racing.

As the grids progress through the year periods, the cars become more modern. The sleek areodynamic lines look more like the cars we see in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans.

Group C Porsche in the Le Mans Classic 2018 Motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Group C Porsche in the Le Mans Classic 2018 on Friday 06 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

There is an incredible atmosphere in the circuit paddocks, drivers getting into the Old-timers spirit. The night time races brings its own atmosphere, the Pit Lane is still alive in the dead of night…

the Le Mans Classic 2018 on Friday 06 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

The Le Mans Classic shares a special event with the Goodwood Revival Setterington Cup. Little Big Mans is a race for youngsters in some glorious miniature classic race cars. It’s a great sight as they do they traditional ‘Le Mans Start’ before heading off up the track.

The noise & smell of these fantastic machines just takes you back to a golden age of motor racing. It is going to feel a long wait before the 2 years is up for this fantastic event to come around a again!!!

 

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