Make way for the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Retromobile Show
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be highlighted by some exceptional exhibitions at the Retromobile show, which will take place at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Porte de Versailles from February 1 to 5, 2023.
This year marks the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Salon Rétromobile, the annual meeting place for all car enthusiasts, celebrates the world’s greatest endurance race. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will be present in three main stands.
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans, when the French shine”
This exhibition pays tribute to the French manufacturers and craftsmen who distinguished themselves on the Sarthe circuit by presenting cars that raced at Le Mans in one of the last 90 editions or are ready to discover the Sarthe route. The scenography revolves around 11 legendary vehicles, allowing you to discover models such as the Peugeot 9X8, the Matra Simca 660/670 or the Alpine-Renault A210.
In Hall 1, you will discover the entire history of the world’s greatest endurance race!
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans, a laboratory for new technologies”
Technological progress has always been the driving force of motorsport, with competition pushing manufacturers to innovate further. It also allows them to test the effectiveness of these technologies. In this regard, the 24 Hours of Le Mans holds a special place because the search for performance is combined with the search for reliability. Disc brakes, hybrid engines, fog lights or, for the future, hydrogen: many of these innovations have made it possible to increase performance, but above all to increase safety and reduce the environmental footprint.
Located in Hall 2.2, the stand showcases four revolutionary vehicles, including a hydrogen-electric prototype from the MissionH24 program.
The main stand of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest
The stand, located in Hall 1 (Stand M-035), welcomes a prestigious guest: Chenard & Walker, which won in 1923 the first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Different spaces will be arranged around this car: shop, club and heritage. It is also an opportunity to present future collaborations within the framework of the Centenary event and attend sessions of dedications. Many authors and designers will attend and sign their books from Wednesday to Sunday… Gérard Holtz, Christian Papazoglakis, Denys Ezquerra, Laurent Seigneuret and many others. This stand also includes the Trophy created by Monnaie de Paris for the Centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A unique work, supported by Rolex, the main partner of the event.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, a player in sustainable mobility
Founded in 1906, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) is the creator and organizer of major automobile events: the first historic Grand Prix in 1906 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923. The ACO has been the organizer -also organized since 2012 and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) and the creator of the continental series: European Le Mans Series (2004) and Asian Le Mans Series (2013). The ACO organizes the 24 Hours of Motorcycle, 24 Hours of Karting, 24 Hours of Trucks, the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, … on its Le Mans circuits.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a true technical laboratory based on automotive innovation. It is in this continuity that the ACO continues to evolve. Sustainable mobility, particularly in MissionH24, which aims to introduce hydrogen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is a key objective of the ACO.
The ACO is a club of enthusiasts that every day defends the rights of motorists and offers a privileged welcome to its members so that they can live out their passion for motorsport during organized events.
ACO is also a driving school, Le Mans Driver; a recreation and competition center for karts and simulators; a Company department that organizes seminars; a team of tour guides offering visits to the Circuits of Le Mans facilities; and four official stores in Le Mans, Tours, Rouen and Paris.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans, simple
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of those rare sporting events where manufacturers and private teams compete for victory. Novice and professional pilots change the same ground. There are three categories: Hypercars, Prototypes (LMP2) and Grand Touring machines (LMGTE) dedicated to the road.
62 cars and 186 drivers compete on a 13,626 km circuit. To frame this particular and exceptional event, there are two types of regulations: the technical regulations that apply to the cars, and the sporting regulations that establish the rules of the race. Certain specifications only apply to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and not to other World Endurance Championship events.
The Centenary Trophy
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Trophy was announced on August 20 at a meeting organized as part of the prestigious Concours d’Élégance Pebble Beach. A unique piece produced by Monnaie de Paris and supported by Rolex, the main partner.
The largest endurance race in the world will celebrate its centenary on June 10 and 11, 2023. A rare event, marked by a field of sports that promises to be exceptional.
For this edition, which will remain forever etched in the history of motorsport, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, promoter and organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has partnered with the Monnaie de Paris. One of the oldest institutions in France has created a unique trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Made of bronze and measuring over five feet, this prestigious piece will soon travel the world to promote the Le Mans Classic. Therefore, it will be present at the most prestigious events such as the 8 Hours of Bahrain (November 12, 2022), the Retromobile Show (1).eh-February 5, 2023) and The Ice Saint-Moritz (February 25, 2023).