SATURDAY/SUNDAY - Exhilarating, exhausting weekend at Le Mans, watching Porsche achieve its first outright win in nearly two decades.
Disappointed with the failure of the Aston Martins, usually Britain’s GT bulwark against Corvette, Ferrari and, er, Porsche. Next year, Ford will be part of it, too, which is going to make the famous old event unmissable, if it wasn’t before.
If you’re used to Bernie-style motorsport, Le Mans always strikes you as wall-to-wall chaos, yet it works and there’s no mistaking the love people have for the race and the annual pilgrimage.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has claimed a new record attendance of 263,000 people but failed (as usual) to note the even more amazing fact that more than one-third of those – close to 100,000 souls – drove over from the UK. I went by Aston, and in 600 miles saw only one lethargic-looking carload of gendarmes, so for once those stories of speeding Brits being frogmarched to cashpoints seemed to be exaggerated.
MONDAY - Early trip to Jaguar Land Rover’s design centre at Whitley, where a couple of us were smuggled into the super-secret prototype shop to see the million-pound ‘continuation series’ Lightweight E-Type chassis being built.