Please note the change of time to Friday 13th June at 10.00am. Three Porsche 962 race cars will leave from in front of the hotel and drive out of La Chartre-sur-le-Loir on the D304, the start of the Route de Mans, recreating the sight and sounds of the Porsche race cars that last drove out of the town in 1970.
From 1950’s right through to 1970, the teams and drivers that stayed at the Hotel de France would prepare their race cars at the hotel. The mechanics would then drive the race cars on the public roads to and from the hotel to the Le Mans 24 hours circuit for practice, qualifying and the race. The D304 from La Chartre-sur-le-Loir to Le Mans has echoed to the sounds of the Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1’s, Ferraris, Ford GT40’s and finally Porsche 917’s, the last race cars to drive on public roads to the circuit in 1970.
The three Porsche 962 race cars, one driven by Le Mans legend Derek Bell, will leave from in front of the Hotel de France, in the Place de la République, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir and drive on the public roads out of the town onto the D304, the Route de Mans.
A photo-call in front of the Hotel de France in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir will take place at 0945 before the drive out of the town takes place.
Martin Overington, the owner of the Hotel de France and one of the Porsche 962’s taking part was delighted that he could help recreate a small piece of Le Mans history, saying “It’s a privilege to be part of a fantastic French community, and a privilege to be involved in the future development of the beautiful village of La Chartre-sur-le-Loir. Following in the footsteps of the motor racing greats, in the iconic Porsche 962, from the world famous ‘Hotel de France’ is indeed a privilege and great honour.”