The 2018 edition of Le Mans Classic had once again shattered previous records in terms of participation and attendance. The legendary Circuit de la Sarthe welcomed 135,000 spectators over the course of three days, over 700 classic cars in competition, 200 automobile clubs, 1,000 drivers— including 10 winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans—representing 30 different nations. An unquestionable success that has not stopped growing since its creation in 2002.
If there’s one event of which the Richard Mille brand has been a stalwart supporter, it is Le Mans Classic, a true reference in the world of classic motor racing. Ever since its inception in 2002, the brand has been present at all levels, and special limited edition watches have been created for every edition since 2008.
Le Mans Classic offers a great retrospective of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The event has grown in reputation, establishing itself as a firm calendar fixture every two years to become quite simply the most famous worldwide historic motoring event.
Part of the thrill is simply to sample the atmosphere of the world’s most legendary racing circuit, a unique piece of motor-racing history. Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Matra, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault... all have gone past the famous chequered flag with at the wheel such household names as Graham Hill, Henri Pescarolo, Jacky Ickx, Mario Andretti, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Tom Kristensen...
In addition to the traditional grids 1 through 6, and Group C, representing Le Mans racing cars from 1923 to 1993, the new Global Endurance Legends grid introduced a new era into Le Mans Classic, the GT1s and other LMP1s of the 1990s and 2000s. With this demonstration grid, the event now widens its retrospective view of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to 2018, with the famous Audi R8, Bentley Speed 8, Peugeot 908 HDI and more, such as the McLaren F1 and Maserati MC12.
In 2020, the 10th Le Mans Classic will be celebrated in style with several novelties and commemorations such as the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s first outright victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the twenty-fifth of the V12 BMW-powered McLaren F1 GTR’s overall wins. More than ever the Richard Mille brand is gearing up to be on track.