Le Mans-bound cars treat LeShuttle passengers to a supercar show


Drivers waiting to cross the Channel were treated to a supercar and classic car show over the weekend as petrolheads headed to Le Mans and back.

With the famous Le Mans 24 hour race taking place on Saturday and Sunday, thousands of British motorsport fans made the pilgrimage from the UK to France’s Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, also known as Circuit de la Sarthe.

That meant that passengers taking the LeShuttle service, the newly-rebranded former Eurotunnel, between England’s Folkestone and France’s Calais got to watch a parade of exotic motors as they waited to board.

An astonishing display of travelling cars were on show heading out last week and returning on Sunday evening and yesterday.

A spokesperson said: ‘This will be amongst the most expensive cargo to travel under the Channel, with many of these cars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each, and some a lot more than that.’

Passengers taking LeShuttle to France were treated to a car show as petrolheads headed for Le Mans, with a Ferrari owners club among those making the trip

Passengers taking LeShuttle to France were treated to a car show as petrolheads headed for Le Mans, with a Ferrari owners club among those making the trip

LeShuttle - the newly rebranded Eurotunnel - said its trains over the weekend carried some of the most expensive cargo under the Channel

LeShuttle – the newly rebranded Eurotunnel – said its trains over the weekend carried some of the most expensive cargo under the Channel

LeShuttle said that more than 1,000 supercar and elite sports car journeys were booked around the weekend of the race.

Among them was an array of vehicles from a Ferrari owners club that travelled on Thursday. And those fans of the Prancing Horse will have been delighted with the weekend’s events, as Ferrari AF Corse won the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Trophy.

The legendary Italian manufacturer was making its return to the premier league of endurance racing after a 50-year absence.

And in a turn up for the story books, Ferrari marked that reappearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours – and 100 years since the race was first run – with its tenth outright victory.

This was Ferrari’s win first since 1965, with Alessandro Pier Guidi, Britain’s James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi claiming the honours in the #51 Ferrari 499P Hypercar.

It beat Toyota, Cadillac, Peugeot, Glickenhaus, Vanwall and Porsche, leading the bells to ring out in its Italian home town of Maranello to celebrate the win.

The first 12 hours of the race saw the lead change hands numerous times, with many of the 16 Hypercars on the starting grid leading at some point during the opening stages, which were affected by two heavy rain showers.

In the end, Ferrari claimed victory, with Toyota in second place and Cadillac in third. 

Many of the supercars need to be loaded into the special wider single-deck carriages

Many of the supercars need to be loaded into the special wider single-deck carriages

A roadgoing Porsche painted in the famous Gulf racing livery waits to board the shuttle

A roadgoing Porsche painted in the famous Gulf racing livery waits to board the shuttle

The centenary year at Le Mans gave British petrolheads even greater impetus to make the journey down there for the weekend festival of motorsport.

LeShuttle said that among those heading to France and back, more than 120 Ferraris were due to cross last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, along with more than 80 Aston Martins and more than 50 Lamborghinis.

Most of the exotic cars will have headed back on Sunday and Money, providing another opportunity to play Top Trumps in the queue for passport control.

Manifest lists revealed supercar spotters would also be treated to an array of other marques, including McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Porsche, Morgan and Noble.

The wide track on many of the special cars requires the wider single deck carriages, which can accommodate 48 cars per shuttle.

Ford famously challenged Ferrari at Le Mans and this is the modern take on the Blue Oval's famous GT

Ford famously challenged Ferrari at Le Mans and this is the modern take on the Blue Oval’s famous GT 

But it was Ferrari fans like the owner of this 328 who celebrated as the Italian legend won Le Mans with its first return to the 24 hour race in 50 years

But it was Ferrari fans like the owner of this 328 who celebrated as the Italian legend won Le Mans with its first return to the 24 hour race in 50 years

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