‘Porsche’ to be 2014 Le Mans Classic British Welcome theme
The small town of Saint-Saturnin, just seven and a half kilometres northwest of Le Mans, only has a population of 2,300 people. However, for one day in June, the town’s population can treble as visitors flock in for the Classic British Welcome.
On the Friday before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the town plays host to an incredible display of cars and, for 2014’s event on Friday 13 June, the theme will be ‘Porsche’, celebrating Stuttgart’s return to the top class of sports car racing.
As well as the Porsche-themed car show in the Val-de-Vray centre, there will also be a cavalcade heading from Saint-Saturnin at 4:15pm (CET) into the centre of Le Mans to watch the famous drivers’ parade.
The Saint-Saturnin Classic British Welcome started out in 2001 however, the event has its roots much further back, in a time before the A28 Autoroute was opened.
From the Fifties to the Eighties, the thousands of British visitors to the 24 Hours of Le Mans would pass through the town, with their eclectic mixture of cars inevitably catching the attention of Saint-Saturnin’s residents.
Now the Classic British Welcome has grown into a fully organised spectacle, with around 1,000 cars on show every year. A special guest also joins the annual event (with Derek Bell welcomed in 2004 and 2012). The 2014 guest will be announced 31 January.
Keep up to date with all the Classic British Welcome and 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans news on the Total 911 site. More information about the Classic British Welcome can be found here too.