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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Le Mans Classic 2018 - Plateau Four - 1962 to 1965

An incident at Tertre Rouge as Ford GT40s 8 and 64 fight it out into the corner despite the waved yellow flag.    Both got penalized in the first race but the number 64 car of Cottingham and Twyman recovered to finish third on scratch.
What is there not to like about seeing a race with a Ferrari 250LM and eleven Ford GT40s.  Add to that five Porsche 904s or 906s plus some Shelby Cobras and you have classic racing heaven!   These guys were really racing and hence lots of yellow flag incidents.

The photos below are from their first race on late Saturday afternoon and from the paddock.  Lovely to see some unusual cars like the Elva.   In period Ferrari won all the Le Mans 24 hours from 1962 to 1965 as Ford showed reliability issues in period.  However, nowadays the Fords dominate and most Ferraris don't get raced due to their huge price tags.
Ford GT40s early in race one of Plateau Four.
Podium Finishers
The winner on scratch was Diogo Ferrao in his 1965 Ford GT40 MkI.
Second on scratch was Shaun Lynn in his 1965 Ford GT40 MkI.


This 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 finished first in the Index of Performance driven by Ludovic Caron.
Erwin France came second in the Index of Performance is his 1963 Shelby Cobra 289.
BRITISH MARQUES
Rare 1964 Elva GT160.  I believe it has a 2 litre BMW engine.
I loved seeing this 1965 Volvo engined Marcos GT race.
Marcos detail.
1965 Austin Healey 3000 MkII

1964 MG B
Some more MG Bs in the paddock.
Two Jaguar E-Types chase a Cobra and the Lotus Elan that finished third in the Index.

1964 Lotus Elan 26R.
ITALIAN MARQUES
A joy to see this 1964 Ferrari 250LM.  A similar car won the 24 hours in 1965.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB

Bizzarrini / Iso AS3 badge.
1964 Iso A3/C Grifo.
1965 Abarth 1300GT.
PORSCHE
Porsche 906 in the paddock.
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.
1966 Porsche Carrera 6 
Unfortunately this Porsche 904 GTS completed no laps.
FRENCH MARQUES
1965 Alpine Renault M65



No.52 - 1966 CD SP66, No.9 - 1964 René Bonnet D-Jet.
1968 Alpine Renault A110 1300S
René Bonnet detail.
AMERICAN MARQUES
Rare 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette C2 undergoing preparation.
Shelby Cobra 289 battle.
Ford GT40 detail.
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Bizzarrinis and transporter.  Note the Bizzarrini Spider.




Sunday, 5 August 2018

Le Mans Classic 2018 - Plateau Three - 1957 to 1961

A 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT leads the field after their Le Mans start.  Following is a Lister Jaguar and the Ferrari Breadvan, 
Lovely to see some Ferraris in this plateau.  This plateau three represents cars that were originally built between 1957 and 1961.  This period at Le Mans saw the last Jaguar D Type victory, the only Aston Martin victory and three Ferrari victories.  It also represents a golden era for GT cars such as the 250GT, DB4GT, the E Type, Corvette and Elite.  All were represented.

Somehow I missed going around the Plateau Three paddock and thus all photos are of their first race on Saturday.  I started of at the Esses and then walked along to Tertre Rouge.  I hope you enjoy my photos of this nice grid of cars.

The Podium Finishers
Winner on scratch was Wills and Clark in their 1958 Lotus XV.
Second on scratch was Lukas in the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan.
Third on scratch was Hugenholtz in this 1959 Lister Jaguar Costin.
The Ferrari Breadvan leads a grouo through the Esses.
The winner of the Index of Performance was Gordon and Finburgh in this 1961 Lotus Elite S2.
Second in the Index was Clark and Fillon in their 1959 Lotus Elite, seen here battling with the Morgan.
Third in the Index was yet another Lotus Elite, a 1961 S2 driven by Schneegans.
The other GT cars
1960 Ferrari GT Berlinetta leads two  Morgans and a Corvette. 
1961 Ferrari GT Berlinetta.
1960 Aston Martin DB4GT
A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 leads a Ferrari through the Esses.
Two Lotus Elites and a Jaguar E Type in the Esses.
1957 Porsche 356A 1600 S  Coupé.
Sports Racing Cars
1960 Maserati T61 Birdcage.
1956 Lister-Maserati
1958 Lotus XI 1100
The French Connection
1963 CD Panhard
1957 DB HBR
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In oine of the car parks.