• Jul 16, 2010
2010 Le Mans Classic – Click above for high-res image gallery, and help us caption some of the cars!

Every two years in July, hundreds of vintage race cars gather at the famed Le Mans race circuit in France to fire up their engines and relive the glory days in the historic corners and long straights of the nearly 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe. But that's just part of it. In addition to the priceless machinery racing on the track, thousands of other classic cars trek to the grounds to fill nearly every open spot at the huge venue. Autoblog was invited by Porsche France to enjoy the 2010 Le Mans Classic in person, and needless to say, it was absolutely spectacular.

According to the organizers, this year's show welcomed 100,000 spectators, 8,000 display cars, 460 racing cars and 1,000 drivers. With sunny 95-degree temperatures over both days, the weather was unusually hot and the grounds chokingly dusty, but it didn't seem to keep anyone – or anything – from the event.

When not enjoying the racing, we strolled the show and stumbled over well-preserved classics from Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Renault, Lamborghini, Audi, BMW and more. Porsche models were everywhere as the various European Porsche Car Clubs stormed the venue with more than 800 cars. Where else can you physically brush elbows with a race-ready BMW M1, a brand-new 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO and ride in the back of a historic war-era Willys Jeep all within the same 60 seconds? Le Mans Classic, baby. And these weren't sterile, stuck-behind-the-ropes museum stock, either – everything was meant to be driven and enjoyed.

We've put together a massive gallery offering just a taste of the caliber of vehicles on display, running hot laps and racing last weekend. While we've attempted to caption many of these, some still have us stumped. If you can identify a few of the nameless, give us a shout in the comments (with the photo number as seen in the URL) and we'll update the captions as quickly as our server's cache will let us.

Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guys, uhh not to be that guy but that second to last picture is definitely not a Murci.. Just sayin:)
      But wow, those sounds must have been mind blowing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it was one fantastic event. catastrophic french organisation couldn't bother me. a must for every single car fan in the world. i can not even imagine what it must be like taking part of that racing action... (we have plenty of pictures on our site as well... maybe you want to check them out at http://www.zuendung.ch/events/fotos/?event_id=1374)
      • 4 Years Ago
      250 is a alfa romeo gtv6, 280 i'd say porsche 904 gts,
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you. They will be captioned in a few hours.

        - Mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could look at that ferrari 330 (8th picture) for days. Its just trumphs all the other cars in the gallary in style (imo).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every car you've ever wanted to see all in one place!
      • 4 Years Ago
      3180314/3180315 is not the Sport Quattro, it's the regular Quattro (or, Ur-quattro, if you prefer).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's my take on the pics, I didn't completed the ones that are obvious (you got a black 599 or a Focus RS500 in there, you don't need anybody for that ^^)
      What you call a 330, I would call a P3, but I don’t have the list of participants around me and i’m too lazy to go get it. So from what I know :
      191 : Alpine A220
      196 : Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Gr. IV
      203 : Ferrari 275 GTB
      209 : Ferrari 512S
      220 : Ferrari 250GT Breadvan
      223 : Ferrari Dino 196S (last front engined Ferrari to win Le Mans if i recal well)
      250 : Alfa Montreal ? not sure on this one
      252 : Alpine A110
      253 : Alpine A310
      254 : R8 Gordini
      271 : Porsche 935
      280 : Porsche 904, 906 or 910 (can’t remember, but 906 comes first to my mind)
      290 : Ferrari 512BBLM
      293 : Porsche 956 (there's a great video of Dereck Bell in this precise car doing a lap of the old track on youtube, it's a must see)
      306 : Aston Martin DBS
      310 : Jaguar XK120 (?) and D-Type
      311 : Jag D-Type
      312 : Jag C-Type

      Great pictures, gives a good sense of the madness of the place. Biggest club meeting in the world !
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow! These will all be labeled in a few hours.


        - Mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, so many photos, yet more than half have nothing to do with Le Mans historics. Gotta love the labeling of the F50 with "F40". Yep!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for your contribution.

        - Mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow this sounds great. I want to go!
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