Race ,Modern
JUN 09th 2023
Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel

Ten tips on how to do Le Mans | Thank Frankel it's Friday

So you’ve done it. Despite every ticket and every campsite selling out before Christmas, you got yourself organised in time and are shortly to depart for your first-ever trip to Le Mans. And what a year to go! Usually, the works Porsche team returning to the race would be headline news, but this year even that is something of a sideshow. Because as you know very well, this is not only the centenary of the first race, but half a century since the works Ferrari team last raced there; and this year it’s back. It should be quite a contest between the two, but the favourite is still likely to be Toyota which is coming off the back of five straight wins and will be very hard to beat.

So, filled with jealousy as I am because domestic commitments mean I can’t go, I thought I’d instead offer a few thoughts on how best to enjoy the world’s greatest race, based on at least 25 visits over the last 35 years.


Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.

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