Endurance Info's Laurent Mercier and Motorsport.com's Eric Gilbert took time between the Le Mans Test Day and the busy race week to visit the famous museum located at the entrance of the famed circuit.
Opened in 1961, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe museum is the second oldest automobile museum in France. Built over 4,000 square meters at the entrance to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, the museum was originally located inside the circuit until 1991.
More than 60,000 visitors make the trip to the Musée de la Sarthe, making it the most visited museum in the department and second in the region. In the back, a workshop is used to restore old vehicles. Currently, volunteers are working on an original Bentley 3.0 which won the 24 Hours in 1924, as well as an Amédée Bollée. The two jewels will take part in the Drivers Parade of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans next week. The museum takes donations to help with refurbishing cars to their original glory.
A magnificent Matra exposition is currently showcased. In addition, the entire month of June will feature pieces by handicapped persons.
Translated by Rainier Ehrhardt