Our vocation

A common passion for the automobile and above all a desire to be shared, these were the main driving forces for the creation of the ACO in 1906.

For more than 100 years the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which is the creator and organiser of the legendary « 24 Hours of Le Mans », has got into action for its associative goals:

  • Creating solidarity and friendship between its members and bringing them together with a view to a common action and thus defending their collective interests as road users,
  • organising sports events that are directly or indirectly in relation with automobiles or motorcycles,
  • taking part in the fight against inherent dangers of road traffic and representing its members regarding the public authorities, administrations and other organisms who are destined to be aware of car and traffic problems,
  • developing the use of cars and motorbikes by means of expertise and training, providing its members with information, services, advice, assistance and defence they might need.

Being member of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest means to be part of the Le Mans’ legend, while thinking and acting on a daily basis in favour of automotive development that is compatible with current environmental issues.

The ACO was at the origin of the setting up of « 40 Millions d’Automobilistes », an association of general interest that, since 2005, has acted as the privileged representative of public authorities for major issues, such as road safety, mobility and sustainable development.

The ACO is also member of the ‘Union Nationale des Automobile-Clubs’ (UNAC), which gathers more than 320,000 members on the national territory, thanks to the coming together of 26 local Automobile-Clubs. Their goal is to be permanently next to road users who may in this way profit from a synergy of means that were created so that driving remains pleasure and freedom. www.union-des-automobile-clubs.fr.