The most famous endurance race in the world.
The 24 hours of Le Mans is history. It is the race of all races. Competing there? A dream of many drivers! Being there as a spectator? A goal of many people. And that not just because of the COVID-19 nightmare in the past one and a half years.
But the 24 hours of Le Mans is not just a single race, it is the complete week that makes it so special. The prestige, the heritage, the thrill of chasing through the night. Going to the limits. Man and machine. Ehhm, man, woman and machine I mean.
An endurance race is always something special. But only a 24 hour race changes the game. Racing twice around the clock? What an absurd idea! But in the past, there were even longer races than that. Can you believe it? There was an 84 hour race at the Nürburgring for example.
Do I want to go to Le Mans? Never say never, right? But actually I don’t even want to go. The race is just not the perfect environment for an amateur driver like me. It’s bloody expensive, it’s brutally fast and you need a huge team to get a car running.
But going there as a visitor? Sure, why not! I mean, I wouldn’t go there for the party, but for the sake of being there. Watching the cars rushing by, experiencing the thrill, visiting the various corners and buildings around the track.
Having visited a racing team that competes in Le Mans every year, it’s fascinating to see how those cars are getting properly driven on the track. The 24 hours of Le Mans, the most spectacular race on earth? In my eyes it is not, but for many others it is probably the race of all races.
I am writing this post while watching the 24 hours of Le Mans of course! 3 hours 40 minutes still on the clock. What a race! Really! What a race! Will I get there one day? Will you get there one day? Time will tell!
See you next time!