The 24 Hours of Le Mans in the halls of the 2016 Retromobile
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans in the halls of the 2016 Retromobile

Before going up a level to access the gangway between Hall 1 and Hall 2.2 of the Paris Expo at the Porte de Versailles, where the ACO exhibition is located, around 15 cars are on display in Hall 1.

The winners - Four of the cars present at Retromobile won at Le Mans, with in order of chronological appereance at the 24 Hours: the No. 2 Renault Alpine A442 B (1978, with Didier Pironi-Jean Pierre Jaussaud), the No. 2 Jaguar XJR 9 (1988, with Jan Lammers-Johnny Dumfries-Andy Wallace) and the No. 26 Porsche 911 GT1 (1998, with Allan McNish-Stéphane Ortelli-Laurent Aiello). The 1992 Peugeot 905 on display at the Le Mans Classic stand did in fact win that year (with at the wheel Mark Blundell-Derek Warwick-Yannick Dalmas), but the model present at Retromobile is the one that finished third that year.

And other curiosities - Among the most notable figure some great examples: a Porsche 962 GTI driven in 1992 by five-time winner Derek Bell and his son Justin (at the Fiskens stand), a 4 CV Renault (No. 50) ranked 23rd in 1951, a private yellow Ferrari 512 entered in 1971 by the Spanish team Escuderia Montjuich. It was driven by Nino Vaccarella, winner in 1964. Also worth a look, the Duckhams seen in 1972 and 1973 in the hands of British duo Alain de Cadenet-Chris Craft and designed by British engineer Gordon Murray, future designer of the McLaren F1 GTR that won in 1995.

In all, an ideal prelude before heading up the grand staircase leading to the gangway for the 110th anniversay exhibition of the ACO...

Jean-Philippe Doret / ACO - Translation by Nikki Ehrhardt / ACO

Photo: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 6-7 1998. Victorious in 1998, the Porsche 911 G1 is on display at Retromobile at the German manufacturer's stand, which on February 3rd also welcomed Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans Drivers' Club.