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Why Le Mans still matters

Why Le Mans still matters

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If you are a sports car racing aficionado, then you’re either at or following the proceedings at Le Mans this weekend.

Celebrating it’s 90th year, the oldest and most important sports car race in the world, 24 Heures du Mans attracts participation from the world’s most prestigious automotive brands and those that want to be.

Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Cadillac, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and other’s have steeled their brands in the competitive fires of the venerable 13.629 km Curcuit de la Sarthe.

It’s where Henry Ford II and Carol Shelby unleashed the remarkable GT40 and took revenge on Enzo Ferrari for spurning his offer to buy the Italian supercar company, winning Le Mans four years in a row.

It’s where in late one night in 1990 in a heated discussion about the future of the Corvette, a team of General motors engineers, designers and marketing people decided they needed to take the car to re-establish its sports car credibility.

It’s no wonder then that companies like Bentley, Porsche and others have produced rousing tributes to their participation and prowess past, present and future at Le Mans.

If you can’t be there, watching a few of these is the next best thing.