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ST SATURNIN - CLASSIC BRITISH WELCOME
FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2019 - 9:00 TO 17:00
The Saint-Saturnin Classic British Welcome originated from a passion for Le Mans and the 24 hour race. It’s a fun, colourful car show to welcome visitors to Le Mans, held every year, on the Friday before the 24 hour race. Over a thousand classic cars of all shapes and sizes, from all around the world, gather in Saint-Saturnin, on the northern outskirts of Le Mans.
Bring your classic car and show it off in the exhibition car park and grounds with around 1000 sports and classic cars. Wander around the stands, watch a film, admire the cars, have a bite to eat and then see off the Saint Saturnin Cavalcade of prestigious cars as they make their way into town for the Parade des Pilotes. This not-to-be-missed event is free for both visitors and exhibitors. On Friday 14th June 2019, the Classic British Welcome in Saint Saturnin is the place to be.
THE THEME MARQUE FOR 2019 IS MORGAN
The Morgan Motor Company was started in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan and remains a family-operated car manufacturer, even today. Based in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, England, Morgan employs around 177 people and produces more than 1300 cars per year. Incredibly, they are all still hand-built which accounts for the waiting list being around six months (though in the past, it has been as long as ten years!). Morgans are also unusual in that wood is still used in their manufacture.
Morgans have had some success at Le Mans. In 1937, 4-4 model, fitted with a 1098cc Coventry Climax engine (42bhp), completed the race and finished 13th overall. It was driven by Prudence Fawcett with co-driver Geoff White. Geoff returned to La Sarthe in 1939 and came 15th overall and second in class, with Dick Anthony as his co-driver.
In 1962 a Morgan Plus Four Super Sports won the 2-litre class. Known by enthusiasts as TOK 258 (its registration number, it was driven by Lawrence and Richard Sheppard Baron and achieved an average speed for the race of 94 mph (approx. 151 kph) during which it covered 2261 miles (approx. 3638 km). Incredibly, after the race, the car was driven back to England on public roads! To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this success, in 2012 OAK Racing entered a partnership with Morgan and re-named their LMP2 car as the Morgan LMP2.
The Classic British Welcome theme for 2019 was announced at the ‘Soiree des Partenaires’ staged, as always, on the last Friday in January – 25/1/19. As in previous years the event was attended by many event Partners, special guests and members of the Classic British Welcome committee. The evening was hosted by Bruno Vandestick, the voice of the Le Mans 24 hour.
FREE ENTRY AND PARKING
- 09:00 - Event Opens
- 10:30 - VIP Guests Arrive
- 11:00 - Best Car Judging
- 11:30 - VIP Guests Interviews
- 12:30 - Prize Giving
- 14:00 - Sponsor Interviews
- 16:15 - Parade Cars & Cavalcade Cars Depart
- 17:00 - Event Closes