Fans asked to vote for greatest cars in Le Mans history
|By Gary Watkins||Thursday, December 6th 2012, 09:06 GMT|
Endurance racing fans are being called upon to help name the greatest cars in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours in its 90th anniversary year in 2013.
The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organiser of the 24 Hours, has set up an online poll for fans of the great race to vote for a car from each of the 10 decades of the event.
A 10-man panel, including top drivers, team managers and journalists, will then choose between the winners of each decade to come up with a top-10 list of the cars that best embody the legend of Le Mans.
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The ACO has nominated three cars per decade for which sportscar aficionados can cast their votes. Included on the list are the Bentley Speed Six from the 1930s, the Jaguar D-type from the '50s, the Porsche 917K from the '70s and the Porsche 956 from the '80s and the Audi R18 e-tron quattro from the present decade.
All entrants nominating the top 10 cars at the end of the public vote will go into a prize draw.
The top prize, worth more than £3000, includes two pitwalk passes for next year's 24 Hours on June 22-23, a complete set of Le Mans Yearbooks and invitations to an exhibition of the winning cars. A further nine prizes include pitwalk passes, general enclosure tickets and invites to the exhibition.
Votes close on January 15 and the panel will meet to work out the top 10 in February.
The 10 cars will be part of a 30-vehicle exhibition that will go on show in the second quarter of next year.