24 Hours of Le Mans

Fringe events
Critérium du Jeune Conducteur

08h00 11h00

Fringe events
French air force pavilion

09h00 15h00

Two venues will be installed by the air force to greet spectators: the air force pavilion in the fan zone and the stand in the village. The air force pavilion will welcome spectators from Wednesday 14th June onwards to help them live unique experiences: pilot a flight simulator and get on board a real fighter plane!
Fringe events
The Women’s Pavilion

09h00 14h00

The Women’s Pavilion has become the most charming plus of the Le Mans 24 Hours, a real ritual for all the women who can go there for a moment’s peace in the heart of the mythical endurance race. In this venue with its garden and attached covered terrace exclusively reserved for women, meetings will take place in glamorous, modern, refined surroundings with their lot of surprises for the female public whose numbers increase every year. New in 2017 is the Oyster-Champagne bar installed by La Mer à Boire where tasting sessions will take place in peace and quiet, while Tamarindo smoothies will refresh the taste buds!
Exhibition
Visit of the Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

09h00 19h00

On presentation of your Week General Entrance, visit the Museum for free during the entire 24 Hours of Le Mans week!
*Free for children under 16
Fringe events
Book-signings Glénat

09h00 13h30

Meet Denis Bernard, Christian Papazoglakis and Robert Paquet, authors and illustrators of the album “24 Heures du Mans – 1972-1974 : les années Matra”, published by Glénat, on sale in the official 24 Hours of Le Mans boutiques. Rendez-vous ACO - La Chapelle member area.
Fringe events
Book-signings Michel Vaillant

10h00 13h30

Meet Philippe Graton , Denis Lapière, Marc Bourgne, Benjamin Benéteau and Christian Lerolle, authors and illustrators of the Michel Vaillant graphic novel series. The latest volume “Rébellion” will be on sale in the official 24 Hours of Le Mans boutiques. Meet at "Welcome" in the village.
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Book-signings Garbo

10h00 13h30

This graphic novel, based on Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans, features magnificent drawings of the Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 S painted by artist Sandro Garbo and his team. More than three years’ endeavour has resulted in an outstanding work of art where the artist’s eye for detail is only matched by his passion in this extraordinary tale where Steve McQueen becomes the hero of the terrific tussle between Porsche and Ferrari at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. Meet the authors of this exceptional album which is on sale in the official 24 Hours of Le Mans boutiques.
Fringe events
Mass

10h30 12h30

The traditional religious service in the La Chapelle corner. En 1932 a chapel was built inside the circuit at the foot of the Panorama hillock, in which mass was celebrated during the 24 Hours. It was destroyed during the war and when the Bugatti circuit was being constructed another was built in 1965 in the inside of the first corner on the track after the run-down from the Dunlop Footbridge. It was immediately called the ‘’Virage de la Chapelle’’. In 2000, to meet the demands of the car and bike Federations it was taken down to be moved. Unfortunately, despite all the precautions taken it did not survive: only the stained glass windows, statues and the altar were saved. A new chapel was built in 2011, near the site of the two previous ones but still in the Virage de la Chapelle.
Fringe events
Critérium du Jeune Conducteur

13h30 15h00

24 Hours of Le Mans
Finish

15h00

Spectators throng to the grandstand from midday onwards. There are not many laps left, but anything can happen. At 3pm, drivers and mechanics can breathe easily again. They have finished the 24 hours. As the track is cleared of cars, apart from the winning machine, the crowds gather under the podium to applaud the winners. See you again next year!

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