For almost 100 years, automobile manufacturers have been testing their creations where the French kings once resided: Le Mans is a two and a half hour drive west of Paris in the Pays de la Loire region, where the tradition of 24-hour races began. The "Automobile Club de l’Ouest" is still the patron of the long-distance race of the same name, which aims to drive the 13.88 km route as many times as possible within 24 hours.
In the beginning, only the racing drivers were allowed to carry out repairs on their racing cars themselves, later mechanics were allowed, but the rule was that their cars have to come to the pits without outside help still applies. Famous and notorious on the Le Mans circuit, where the greatest disaster in motorsport occurred in 1955, at the, almost five-kilometer-long Hunaudières straight or "Mulsanne Straight", as it is also known, which used to allow speeds of over 400 km / h to be reached. The tragedies, however, have not done any harm to the fascination of Le Mans; film stars and actors such as Steve McQueen have enjoyed their time on the race tracks. As well as the „Le Mans-Start“ is a key attraction, in which the drivers had to sprint across the lane to their vehicles parked in front of the pit lane still hold strong.
The Le Mans Classic 24-hour race is not the only jewel on our journey to the Loire Castles region. You will experience exciting driving days and sightseeing, and see France from its most beautiful side, and you will also spend a whole day at the “Circuit du Mans” where high-powered racing cars from the 1950s and 1960s start under a starry sky in midsummer. If the scent of the surrounding fields and forests mixes with the smell of oil and gasoline, the hearts of thousands of motorsport fans beat faster and you will become part of the exciting history of the automobile. This tour is one day longer than our other trips, so that you have enough time for the rides yourself and can spend a full day at the race.
On this trip you will reside in a privately owned castle hotel a few kilometers south of Tours. At the wheel of our Alfa Romeo Spider you will experience the tranquil country life away from the tourist crowds and, in contrast, the life-filled Saumur on the Loire. Seeing the Loire castles of Ussé and Chambord shouldn't be missed, as well as a detour to one of the most renowned chocolatiers in France or the sparkling wines in the Caves Ackerman in Saumur. If you still have time, we recommend the French Atlantic coast , Normandy or Brittany .