Exciting news this morning that F1 legend Jenson Button is announced as an entry into this July’s Le Mans Classic. Button will drive the JD Classics iconic Jaguar XJR-9 in the 2018 Le Mans Classic. After a false start earlier in the year with the announcement of Button’s drive, it’s great to see this Jenson Button race Le Mans Classic entry now confirmed. Also announced is his entry for the Goodwood Revival, he is in the fortunate position to choose between a Ford GT40 or Jaguar E-Type for that race meeting, again with JD Classics. Button is busy racing a Nissan in the Super GT championship in Japan this year.
We can’t wait to see him go up against some experienced racers including Rob Huff, Chris Ward, Nick Padmore and more. Expect to see Porsche 962’s, Peugeot 905 and many more, in what is likely to be a competitive battle up at the sharp end of the grid. Group C joined the programme at the 2016 racing during the morning ahead of the six existing grids. Due to the popularity it’s returning this year again to race in the morning alongside the two other support grids ‘Porsche Classic Race Le Mans’ & ‘Jaguar Classic Challenge’. Another spectacle set to wow the crowds is the Global Endurance Legends demonstrations. They will run twice for 40 minutes during the weekend, with McLaren F1 GTR’s, Ferrari 360 and F40’s there are some fabulous cars set to take part.
Call us on 0844 873 0203 to discuss our range of packages, which start from £299 per person, so you can enjoy the Jenson Button race Le Mans Classic. Get in quick though as ferries are now starting to sell out and cabin space on the overnight sailings becoming sparse.
Amongst the 389 drivers entered into the 2018 Le Mans Classic, there are a few recognisable names, notably: Henri Pescorolo, René Arnoux, Jacques Laffite, Jochen Mass and none other than five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell. Bell will be racing a Porsche 917 LH, which he last raced during the 1971 season with Jo Siffert. Derek has had forays of competing at the Classic in recent years although this is an opportunity to drive a competitive car supported by the highly regarded Porsche engineer Norbert Singer. Singer has had a hand in every one of Porsche’s 16 victories at the 24 hour race. Four out of five of Bell’s Le Mans victories were in Porsche’s. So you could say the Bell/Singer partnership was as important as the famed Bell/Ickx driver pairing. Bell commented about his return that he is feeling fresher than ever and will drive as quickly as he can, but not do anything stupid.
We for one can’t wait to see the combination of Derek Bell back in a Porsche 917 at Le Mans. If you have yet to book there is still time but be quick. We have a range of camping and hotel options so do give us a call on 0844 873 0203 to discuss.
The other celebrity drivers mentioned are driving the following cars:
René Arnoux BMW M1 Procar
Paul Belmondo Porsche 935
Jacques Laffite Lola T70
Jochen Mass Porsche 911 RSR
Stéphane Ortelli Porsche 904
Henri Pescarolo Inaltera Le Mans 1976
Marko Werner Lola T212 & Lotus Mark IX
You can join these drivers at this year’s Le Mans Classic. We have a number of camping and hotel options available for this year’s event. View the best options on our website here or call us on 0844 873 0203 to find out more.
Join the Classic & Sports Car Reader Run to the Le Mans Classic 2018
The Classic & Sports Car editorial team is heading to Le Mans in July for our biennial pilgrimage to the amazing Le Mans Classic, and you’re invited to join them!
Booked in association with Le Mans Classic official agent Travel Destinations, the 2018 Classic & Sports Car Reader Run will depart from Portsmouth on Thursday 5th July at 20:30hrs, for the overnight sailing to St. Malo. After loading there will be a chance to meet with your fellow travellers for a drink, prior to retiring to your reserved cabin.
Upon arrival in St. Malo we will enjoy a breakfast stop, before following the specially prepared route-book, along minor roads to Le Mans. You will arrive in plenty of time to pick up any supplies you need at the local supermarket before checking in at Travel Destinations’ private track-side campsite at the Porsche Curves. You will then be able to pitch your tent and watch the action from the private viewing bank at the campsite. The campsite also benefits from fully serviced showers & toilets, 24 hours security and a hospitality marquee.
The Le Mans Classic continues from the Friday through to the Sunday, with different era grids taking to the legendary circuit at different times throughout the weekend. We will be camping track-side throughout the event to get as close to the action as possible.
After breakfast on Monday 9th July, we will complete a leisurely to the port of Caen for 16:30hrs and our return crossing back to Portsmouth, arriving back in the UK at 21:15hrs.
This exclusive reader run includes general entrance tickets as well as access to the paddock. We have also included grandstand access and for those that wish to display their classic cars in the clubs area, we are also providing a parking pass for the infield at the Bugatti Circuit.
Spaces on this reader run are strictly limited, so please call Travel Destinations now on 0844 873 0203 and quote Classic & Sports Car to reserve your place!
Classic & Sports Car Reader Run to the Le Mans Classic includes:
– Return ferry crossings with Brittany Ferries; travelling from Portsmouth to St. Malo overnight on the 5th July (with a 2 berth inside cabin) and returning from Caen- Portsmouth on the 9th July.
– Breakfast stop near St. Malo on the first morning
– Three night’s private track-side camping at the Travel Destinations campsite on the Porsche Curves at the circuit. Camping includes serviced showers & toilets, 24 hours security and a hospitality marquee on-site (Tents not provided)
– Light breakfast provided at the campsite each morning
– Le Mans Classic general entrance tickets, paddock access and grandstand access for all three days
– Optional parking permit for the classic car display on the Bugatti circuit
– Classic & Sports Car goody bag
This exclusive Classic & Sports Car Reader Run is available for £599.00 per person, based on 2 people travelling in a single car.
To book, please call Travel Destinations on 0844 873 0203 and quote Classic & Sports Car.
A deposit of £85.00 per person will be required at the time of booking.
After a year’s break the Le Mans Classic returns in 2018 for another weekend of motor racing nostalgia. As the Le Mans 24 Hours is the pinnacle for modern endurance racing, then the Le Mans Classic is the ultimate in historic motorsport. The Le Mans Classic brings together only cars that once raced during the Le Mans 24 Hours, back to their spiritual home for another performance in front of a huge crowd at Le Mans. And this isn’t a parade. This is proper racing on the full Le Mans circuit. Professional and amateur drivers going head to head, in machinery designed and prepared specifically for Le Mans.
There is a full 24 hours of racing. Even the traditional Le Mans start is recreated. However it would be impossible to race 1920s cars against those from the 1970s or 1980s, so the cars ares split into different grids depending on the era in which they originally raced. Traditionally the Le Mans Classic has comprised of six grids covering the years from 1923 through to 1979. For the Le Mans Classic 2018 there will also be an additional “guest grid” featuring the Group C cars that dominated at Le Mans during the 1980s. Each grid will appear on the circuit multiple times throughout the 24 hours, enabling spectators to see racing through dusk, evening and night, through dawn and back to day again.
This is why no other historic motorsport event can compete with the Le Mans Classic. Where else can you see a Jaguar D-Type glisten in the sunrise as it sweeps under the famous Dunlop Bridge? More than 120,000 spectators already agree, and expect that number to rise in 2018.
There is more to the Le Mans Classic than just the on-circuit action. This event has become a mecca for car clubs from around Europe. The infield is turned in to a classic and sports car car park for more than 8 thousand vehicles of all ages and manufacturers. This magnificent display is worth the entry fee alone. In addition there are anniversary displays, a classic car auction, memorabilia stores as well as food outlets and even a cinema, all with a vintage theme.
Travel Destinations is an official ticket agent for the Le Mans Classic. This puts us in the privileged position of being able to offer our customers the best options for travel, tickets and accommodation for the Le Mans Classic 2018. Travel Destinations has a number of exclusive options including private trackside camping, glamping and a pop-up hotel all on the famous Le Mans track, so you can’t stay any closer to all the action. Travel Destinations has two different trackside campsites for the Le Mans Classic 2018. Both offer 24 hours security, fully serviced showers and toilets as well as a hospitality marquee serving food and drinks throughout the weekend. The difference is in locations and the view. Our Hunaudieres campsite is located on the inside of the Tertre Rouge corner, overlooked by the football stadium (the MM Arena). The campsite is surrounded by a wall, but there is a public viewing bank overlooking Tertre Rouge corner just outside the campsite entrance. Our Porsche Curves campsite is our traditional camping location for the Le Mans 24 Hours. This campsite has a unique and exclusive private viewing bank that overlooks the famous Porsche Curves. Both locations are hugely popular and have sold out in recent years, so booking early is recommended.
The Travel Destinations Event Tents are another very popular option. Located near to our Porsche Curves campsite, the Event Tents are our pre-erected glamping option for those not wishing to pitch their own tent. Each tent is 5 metres in diameter and coming fully carpeted, with mattresses and all bed linen, giving the perfect environment for camping at Le Mans. The Event Tents are erected in their own private campsite, with 24 hours security, fully serviced showers and toilets and a hospitality marquee. There is plenty of room for car parking too, enabling people to travel in their sports cars and park in a secure area in-sight of their tent. This option was another sell out for the last Le Mans Classic in 2016.
For those that don’t wish to camp, the Travel Destinations Flexotel Village is the perfect solution. We build this exclusive pop-up hotel in the centre of the circuit, to enable guests to have their own private bedroom within walking distance of the track. Each room can sleep two people in proper beds supplied with all bed linen. The Flexotel Village is located within its own private paddock (not on grass) with plenty of room for car parking. Guests can choose between a standard room or one with their own shower & toilet room. There are also separate shower and toilet blocks for guests and a hospitality marquee on-site. All guests at the Flexotel Village will also receive a full picnic basket for the Saturday of the Le Mans Classic.
All Travel Destinations offers include general entrance tickets as well as access to the Le Mans Classic paddock. Grandstand seats, circuit laps & other optional extras can also be added on request.
You can book your place at the Le Mans Classic NOW! Prices for all our travel & ticket options are available on this website and bookings can be secured with a small deposit. Please call our knowledgeable reservations team now on 0844 873 0203 to discuss the best options for you and to reserve your place the Le Mans Classic 2018.
The confirmed dates for the next Le Mans Classic event were revealed at a press conference in Paris last night. The Le Mans Classic 2018 will take place from the 6th – 8th July. As this historic motorsport event only comes round every two years, the Le Mans Classic is much anticipated by drivers and spectators alike. In 2016 more than 123, 000 spectators traveled to the Le Mans circuit to witness the spectacular on track action as well as participate in what has become part of the ongoing Le Mans story.
The Le Mans Classic promises to be another great event, having won Motorsport event of the year for 2016. Already the return of the popular Group C class has been confirmed as well as special exhibitions and displays commemorating the 40th anniversary of Alpine’s victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356 and the 50th anniversary of the 908.
As well as being an ABTA & ATOL bonded tour operator, Travel Destinations are official ticket agents for the Le Mans Classic, which enables us to offer all our customers the best options for travel, tickets and accommodation for the Le Mans Classic 2018. Demand for this event is always high, so early booking is recommended.
Increasing popular at the Le Mans Classic are our glamping and pop-up hotel options. Travel Destinations’ Event tents (glamping) are located in the centre of the circuit, adjacent to the Porsche Curves. These pre-erected bell tents are 5 metres in diameter and come fully carpeted, with mattresses and all bed linen. The tents sleep between 2 – 4 people and secure car parking is provided. As an alternative to camping, the Travel Destinations’ Flexotel Village (pop-up hotel) offers lockable bedrooms in the centre of the circuit. Each Flexotel room can sleep 2 people in separate beds, and also comes with all bed linen. The Flexotel Village is located on hard standing so mud & dust are not an issue and secure parking is available near to your room.
Further information about the Le Mans Classic is available on this website and all these options are available to book now. Please call our team on 0844 873 0203 to reserve your place at the LE Mans Classic 2018. A deposit will be required at the time of booking.
The Le Mans Classic will return in 2016. At a press conference in Paris last night, Peter Auto, the organisation behind the Le Mans Classic, confirmed the dates for the next Le Mans Classic. The 8th – 10th July 2016 will see the famous Le Mans circuit host the most anticipated motorsport retrospective event in Europe. 2016 will see the 8th running of this prestigious event.
More than 110,000 spectators watched the last running of the event in 2014, and it is anticpated that 2016 will see an increase in that number. The Le Mans Classic features cars that raced at Le Mans between 1923 and 1979 & a strict scrutineering process means that only past Le Mans entrants are able to compete.
Divided in to 6 grids the cars race throughout the traditional 24 hours, with all cars racing both in the day and at night. Despite the age of the machinery taking part, these are not demonstration laps. All cars will be raced to win and gain the top step on the podium.
Travel Destinations have been the largest travel, ticket and accommodation supplier since its inception. 2016 will be no different. We already have a number of our products on sale via this website, including our on circuit options for those wanting to stay close to the action.
Travel Destinations will have 2 private trackside camping areas for the Le Mans Classic in 2016. Our Hunaudieres campsite is located on the inside of the Tertre Rouge corner. Our Porsche Curves campsite is also trackside South of the start/finish straight.
For those not wanting to pitch their own tent, then our Event Tents will proved a more luxurious option. This glamping option provides large bell tents with carpets, mattresses and all bedding. With tables and chairs also in the tent you can arrive in your classic or sports car and not worry about space.
If camping is not your thing, then we also have our Fleoxtel Village in the centre of the circuit. These pop-up hotel style cabins, provide private lockable bedrooms right next to your car. With proper beds and all bedlinen in a convenient location this accommodation solution has always been popular.
Finally we also have our hotels and camping options off circuit so that those that wish to stay off circuit also have a number of options. Hotel rooms for the Le Mans Classic will always be in high demand so it is advisable to book early.
Most prices are already available on this website & our reservations are now open for the Le Mans Classic 2016. To reserve your place please call us on 0844 873 0203 (UK) or +44 1707 329988 (International).
The Le Mans Classic 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever, so make sure you are there to be part of it!