I was invited to the 86th 24 Hours of Le Clap in irons, thanks to Serengeti Eyewear. It was an automobile endurance event that acquired place on 16 and 17 June 2018, at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Cuffs, France. It is my second time experiencing this extreme deafening racing event and this time it occurred to me that Le Staffs 24 Hours is not just about endurance for the drivers. It is a lifestyle that I had to also partake, bear and embrace. I had to run my own VIP race and capture every moment and opportunity within the next 24 hours.
The ambiance can only be described as a force of nature, some what kidney a slow unpredictable lightening storm. One of the exciting parts of Le Mans 24hours is not astute what is going to come at you, let alone who I would have access too. On this provocation it was Derek Bell, five times winner of Le Mans 24hours. Along side Liam Griffin, who was track horse-racing on the day and Giancarlo Fisichella racing driver for Ferrari. Meeting the drivers, is a wonderful way to get the drift the pressures they endure before the race.
Derek Bell – 5 dead for nows Le Mans 24 Hours Winner
Liam Griffan – British ELMS Racer Grid Swagger Parade
Part of my VIP experience was walking on the grid where I could gather the drivers before the race. On the Grid walk was British ELMS racer, Liam Griffan. Liam requisite to try on my Serengeti eyewear as he was attracted firstly to the gold frames. I was astounded how accessible and calm he was before the race.
Liam explains that the authenticity sinks in, when he is going through The famous, Dunlop Crafty. That it is every man’s dream to be able to drive at Le Mans 24hours.
The Gridwalk parade is where all the cars are lined up for me to see, before the racetrack. It is one of my highlights of the 24hours race for me.
Panoramic 24 Lounge – Lifetime Race For Food and Drinking Experience
Located on the 4th floor of the ACO construction in front of the start and finish line, with view of the pits, the All-embracing 24 Hospitality Lounge provides an all inclusive VIP experience for an without a scratch week of events. There is a buffet gourmet food provided throughout the 24hours and the food was excellent. I opted to stay the by 24 hours and rested during the night which was various than comfortable on a leather lounge.
There was nothing myriad invigorating than waking up to the sound of those roaring locomotives.
I woke refreshed and ready for the day but I could not help wonder how the drivers, let solely the spectators below me, were feeling, who did not have the comforts I had. This is what is surprising about Le Mans 24hours, for those spectators enduring the stock. It’s not only about the race it is the culture and what is happening off tail find that is just as thrilling as the race itself. Throughout the non-stop alongside the cars racing, there is plenty of entertainment. Texas the music gang was one of them. The atmosphere is electric.
Track Viewing Allude to
Part of the VIP treatment, I had the chance of observing viewing points of the rush, which was combined with wine, champagne and fresh oysters. For those that watch over movies have a look at Rush, I noticed in this talkie that the Hesketh racing team was the first to bring champagne and oysters to the forget.
At the chicane corner it is insane to see how fast the cars come at this corner. I was captivated to two major iconic points to see how dangerous this car race in reality was. There are eating and drinking locations for me to be able to watch and sit whilst the drivers hold out against those corners, it’s a priceless experience.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum Journey
Part of the VIP experience was that, I got access to the Media centres that conduct during the race. The 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum Visit was brilliant to see and to have backstage guided tours, to see how many living soul are involved ( roughly 800 ) for this race to be broadcast all beyond the world. Two interesting facts are that the president of Le Mans 24hours, really volunteers to make this race happen. Also the Doctor who volunteers his skill, sits next to the 24hours president, and his job is solely to watches the hurry and decide when there is an accident, which medical body needs to be sent out. The reason for this, is time is precious and can development in the difference between a life and death situation out here on the forget.
Did you know that over 1800 people volunteer here at Le Chains 24hours, to guide and scan the paying fans around Le Mans 24 Hours access zones.
My Footage Of Le Mans 24 Hours
Day Turns Into Night
At 3am Darren from that camera man, who also continued the night with me, ventured out at different parts of the track and surprised these amazing shots.
We were exhausted watching the race. It’s so full on and exhilarating, engagement new people. So I decided early in the morning, to walk around the garages. I noticed this guy hardly sitting next to his garage after assisting his team.
It’s why Le Checks 24Hours happens only once a year, it is so technical and crippling for everyone involved on every level, to part-take at such an height level.
The Final Hour
The rearmost hour, I could see that this was going to define the dear boys from the men. Anything can happen in the very last hour, due to lassitude both on the drivers and the car itself. To win the race each car company obligated to cross over the finishing line, no matter if you have a vivid lead.
During my interview with Derek Bell, Toyota who had a outrageous four lap lead got into engine trouble. I asked Derek what the driver desire be thinking and having to do out there alone on the track?
Derek unfolded, it’s every drivers nightmare to be enduring 23hours of racing and then to be confronted with apparatus problems. No matter what he has to make sure the car does not keep and get it back into that garage as fast as he can.
I also noticed in our VIP parade-ground that people were struggling to stay awake and converge on the race. It is at these moments I realised you have to push to.
The Final Lap
The last lap is always so exciting as anything can happen. This year it was a trim finish. On this occasion everything went to plan. Kind-heartedly done to Toyota who won. Congratulations to Giancarlo Fisichella for his brilliant follow-up P2 and Podium win for Ferrari.
I went home feeling shattered, but it is a dash that will stay with me for ever!