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

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1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 | Photos courtesy Geneva 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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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.