The top class at the Le Mans 24 hours will, for the first time since 1998, become a completely Volkswagen Group-free place (Porsche weren't in the stable until this century and Audi didn't have a go at endurance racing will 1999).
But fear not. In 2017 we made sure there was more than just an already on its way out of the door Porsche LMP1 effort catching the eye at La Sarthe from VAG, when we turned up in the trusty Volkswagen Passat Alltrack there was no denying it – at least one person looked at it.
It was perhaps the first 'proper' test of the Passat Alltrack – loading its vast luggage bay with all our camping (one big tent), photography (2x camera equipment), food (many many merguez) and drink (Kronenbourg, obviously) in and heading off over the channel and down past Paris to the Loire. The Passat comes with an astonishing 650 litres of boot space without the seats folded flat (that's over 100 litres more than the biggest Mondeo) and with the 60-40 seats folded flat, that becomes a barely conceivable 1,950!
So it's safe to say we had absolutely no trouble getting our stuff in. Even with Carrefour's modern preference to completely do away with plastic bags unless you pay for a bag for life ( sac pour la vie?). There's more than enough cubby holes, floor space etc to sit every bit of food and barbecue equipment in.