Historic Le Mans-winning cars to be featured at Geneva’s international auto show

1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 | Photos courtesy Geneva auto show
1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 | Photos courtesy Geneva auto show

Switzerland’s 84th Geneva International Motor Show will celebrate classic racing cars with a display of 20 vehicles that competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

The Geneva show runs March 6-16 and annually draws some 700,000 visitors. The display of historic Le Mans races is being presented in conjunction with the Automobile Club de l’Quest, organizer of the France’s famous round-the-clock race, and with the Automobile Museum of the Sarthe, which is located at the Le Mans circuit.

Among the cars to be displayed in Geneva’s Palexpo are the Chenard & Walcker that won the inaugural Le Mans race, and the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Hybrid that won last year.

Also on the stand will be a Bentley Speed Six, Ferrari 166MM, D-type and XJR9 Jaguars, Ford GT40, three Porsches and others.

On loan from a Swiss museum is the Swiss-built Sauber Mercedes C9 that won the race in 1989.

Some 141 drivers from Switzerland have raced at Le Mans, with 31 of them driving race-winning cars, including Marcel Faessler in 2012.

The 82nd Le Mans 24-hour race is scheduled June 14-15.


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