National Geographic recently ranked the greatest sporting events in the world. What do you think they ranked #1? LE MANS!!
“Skill, speed, and stamina are the three s’s that mark the world’s best automobile race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race, organized by Automobile Club de L’Ouest, bridges past and present on the automotive circuit.
The competition is set on a non-permanent track at Circuit de la Sarthe near the city of Le Mans on the Sarthe River. Roughly 46 cars start the race, in a series of classes that include prototype high-performance vehicles, dedicated race cars, and street cars. The diversity of autos gives the race a mix of old-fashioned and modern competitors. The winner is the car, driven by a team of three drivers, that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours.
The first Le Mans contest took place in May 1923; today it is held every June. The race begins at 4 p.m., and for 24 hours the sound of roaring engines fills 8 miles (13 kilometers) of French countryside.”
mad respect, NG….mad respect.
src: National Geographic via Le Mans
This is awesome – I posted it to Jalopnik
hey raphael! hope you’re well man. yeah i got really excited when i read this…kinda made me wanna buy an issue of National Geographic. Ha. Thanks for linking up to it
no problem – I loved the Alpine article even better, though. Don’t know how you swung that insider info, but the research and photos were really top notch.
Thanks, man….i love lost prototypes like that—it stirs the blood! ha. That article took me FOREVER to write!!! i’ll tell you about next time i see you…..