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Le Mans Classique: Starting all over

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Tags: Heritage, Motorsport, Events
With 135,000 visitors the Le Mans Classique reached a new record high. For ZF, the classic car festival might also be record-breaking, since about 75 percent of the vehicles were equipped with ZF products.
Janine Vogler, July 13, 2018
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Janine Vogler Vintage cars related to ZF-products have been at the heart of the journalist. Outside of work, she enjoys to ride motor bike or to be accompanied in nature by her dog.
People say, the 24 Hours of Le Mans make history and the biennial Le Mans Classique tells their story. For the ninth time, 1,000 HP pilots from all over Europe met at the Sarthe river with their 700 racing vehicles. Moreover, classic car aficionados presented more than 8,500 club cars and celebrated their history with other fans of historic vehicles.

A special attraction, however, was the Borgward Hansa 1500, which was equipped with a ZF steering system. In 1953, two models of this racing coupé started in Le Mans, but none of them finished the race. The vehicle with number 41 broke down 30 minutes before the end of the race due to technical problems, the other vehicle ran out of gas even earlier. The Swedish racing driver Lars-Erik Larsson, who has owned the world's only car of this kind since 1973, wanted to finally cross the finish line with his Borgward 65 years later. He finally managed to fulfill his dream and started the race this weekend. After an unprecedented joint project and supported by his two sons and numerous fans, he was exuberantly happy when he reached the finish line – where he after all ranked fourth in the group ranking and 36th in the overall standings.
Maybe this pleasant team with its unique model from the Bremen manufacturer will be seen more often at a starting line in the future? After all, cars equipped with ZF technology won the overall ranking 19 times in the last 20 years at the toughest classic car race in France. Sounds like a good omen...
ZF congratulates and keeps its fingers crossed!