The 24 Hours of Le Mans
The world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing
Skill, speed, and stamina are the three s’s that mark the world’s best automobile race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Roughly 46 cars start the race, in a series of classes that include prototype high-performance vehicles, dedicated race cars, and streetcars. The diversity of autos gives the race a mix of old-fashioned and modern competitors. The winner is the car, driven by a team of three drivers, that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours. The first Le Mans contest took place in May 1923; today it is held every June. The race begins at 4 p.m., and for 24 hours the sound of roaring engines fills 8 miles (13 kilometers) of the French countryside.