Porsche 962 Group c race car Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

For me the 2018 season has been a ‘classic’ year in every sense of the word. In May I was shooting at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix,  now I find myself at the 2018 Le Mans Classic. Having been there last year for the modern 24 Hour Le Mans race, I was really looking forward to seeing the difference.

The traditional Le Mans 24 hour race is as it says ‘on the tin’…a race lasting 24 hours. The Le Mans Classic is slightly different in that there are a series of races over a 24 hour period. The races were over differing durations & for 6 different ‘Grids’ of cars. These ‘grids’ have cars from different years competing against others from their period. Each car would compete in daytime & nightime races over the 24 hours of racing.

1930 Bentley at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The 1930 4.2 ltr Bentley Gp 8242 leads the way through the Ford Chicane during the 2018 Le Mans Classic

1929 Bugatti at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Jean-Marc Laffont looking ‘straight down the barrel’ in the 1929 Bugatti Type 51

As the grids progress through the year periods, the cars become more modern. The sleek areodynamic lines look a little more like the cars we see today in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans.

Lola T70 at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Driver change over in the Pit Lane for the 1969 Lola T70

Group C Porsche 962 race car at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The Tic Tac Porsche 962 leads the Group C cars through the Ford Chicane

Macari Maserati MC12 GT1 at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Joe Macari’s Maserati MC12 GT1

Walking around the paddock area there are amazing cars everywhere to look at. Great to be so close watching the mechanics working on the cars to get them ready to race.

1962 Ferrari bread van Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

…and he drove the fastest ‘Breadvan’ in the West

There is a fun atmosphere in the circuit paddocks too! Drivers getting into the Old-Timers spirit, while stars of WRC & F1 pose for photos on the grid.

racing drivers at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Getting into the spirit & nostalgia at Le Mans Classic

Sebastien Loeb & Felipe Massa at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Felipe Massa & Sebastien Loeb pose for photos on the grid with

The Le Mans Classic shares a special event with the Goodwood Revival Setterington Cup. Little Big Mans is a race for youngsters in some glorious miniature classic race cars. It’s a great sight as they do they traditional ‘Le Mans Start’ before heading off up the track.

Little Big Mans during Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Traditional ‘Le Mans Start’ …the children were a lot quicker than the adults at this!!

Just like the modern Le Mans 24 Hour race, the action continues through the night. Night time racing brings its own unique feel. I remember from my time as a rally driver really enjoying the night stages in the forests. The Pit Lane is still alive in the dead of night…

Night time in the Pit Lane at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The Pit Lane at night takes on a whole different atmosphere

The noise & smell of these fantastic machines just takes you back to a golden age of motor racing. It is going to feel a long wait before the 2 years is up for this fantastic event to come around again!!!

A larger collection of photos from this fantastic Le Mans Classic can be seen on my dedicated Motorsport Photography website.  Or just