For almost 100 years, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been the pinnacle of Sports Car Racing, and is considered by many to be the most prestigious and important auto races in the world. Instead of focusing on the fastest-machines, Le Mans requires participating teams to balance sporty design and aerodynamics with reliability and endurance. It is a brutal test of driver and machine that pushes both to their limits – and sometimes beyond. Victory brings with it honor to not only the driver, and the team, but also their nation.
This Demo Day took a closer look at the Simeone Museum collection cars that actually took part in this iconic competition of speed and skill, sharing the story of their victories, defeats, and the drivers that made some legendary.
Featured Demo Day Cars Included, 1929 Stutz Model M Supercharged Le Mans, 1929 duPont Model G Le Mans Speedster, 1933 Alfa Romeo 8c 2300 Le Mans, 1934 MG K3 Magnette, 1936 Aston Martin Le Mans, 1936 Bugatti 57G “Tank”, 1936/48 Delahaye 135S /175S, 1938 Peugeot Darl’mat Le Mans Racer, 1952 Cunningham C-4R Roadster, 1956 Maserati 300S, 1958 Aston Martin DBR1, 1963 Ferrari 250, 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1966 Ford GT40 MKII, 1967 Ford GT40 MK IV, and 1970 Porsche 917 LH.
Photos by Andrew Taylor