With the latest 24 hours of Le Mans coming up this June it’s time to start your engines and kick into 6th.
Since it’s beginning in 1923, it has become the oldest active sports car race in the endurance racing scene. Often being called “the Grand Prix of endurance and efficiency” it’s one of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, an unofficial achievement in which racers win the three most prestigious racing tournaments in their career. Only one man, Graham Hill, has actually completed this when he won the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, and 24 hours of Le Mans. It's also the home of spraying Champagne.
The challenge set in the race is that the cars must drive for 24 hours, hence the name 24 hours of Le Mans. This attracts both headstrong racers and elaborate engineering. In 2017, of the 60 cars that left the start line, only 49 cars made the finish. The grueling race requires teams to balance their car’s top speed with pacing in order to avoid a total mechanical breakdown. And you thought a 2 hour drive to a hotel was bad?
With such a grueling challenge looming over teams, it’s no surprise that the top engineers in the industry gravitate towards the race. It seems magnetic to gearheads and grease monkeys alike.
Recently Gant has forged a partnership with Le Mans, tieing them to the most celebrated racing event worldwide. Their new range of t-shirts, button downs, hoodies, and more are here to celebrate the iconic event and the year of its rebirth. If you’ve been doing your reading recently, you’ll know that 1949 is a significant year to both Gant and Le Mans, it’s the year that Gant was born, and the Le Mans race came back from its temporary grave.
Not only have Gant updated their fashion lines but they’ve worked with talented illustrators and artists for some late 60s inspired poster works, featuring characters such as Graham Hill. Their inspiration was drawn heavily from Hollywood racing features, and artists like Bob Peak and Bernie Fuchs.
Gant’s new shirts in their Le Mans Fil Coupe range capture just the right aspects of 24 hours of Le Mans. Their button down shirts dotted with Champagne and trophies, or scattered with wrenches and spanners, ought to make you feel a good looking as some of the cars themselves, and just as stylish as the drivers in them.
They’re ready and available in our shop and online, so grab a set for race day, cause why let the race get all the attention?
So what do you love about Le Mans? And what did we miss about the work involved? Let us know on our facebook at Hotspur 1365.