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National Geographic: Ranks Le Mans #1 sporting event in the world!

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

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ads from the past.

when i was young, my father had a gigantic collection of national geographic magazines in the garage—in boxes. i must have been about 6 or 7 years old when i found these boxes. i used to look for african women showing their, erm, breasts—but mainly i used to look through them to see the amazing car ads they had. each magazine would contain at least 5 different cars in various spreads in the front cover, back cover, and in the middle as well. they were great! anytime i see 70s car ads now, i think of those national geographic magazines….

here are some cool vintage ads:

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