The cars all have technology that is at least 80 years old. How do you keep them running reliably?
Although the design and engine may date from the 1930s, some of the technology has been updated slightly. All the engines on the grid have been rebuilt at some point, otherwise they wouldn’t be running at all. The biggest change is that some of the materials used back then are no longer available or there are better alternatives. For instance we only use modern lubricants, such as Motul oil, which makes a huge difference to the lubricants they used 80 years ago.
What is the biggest challenge to keeping these cars on the track in 2018?
The biggest challenge for an owner or builder of these cars is the balance between reliability and originality. The further you go up the grid, the less the cars have been restored. The spirit of Le Mans Classic is about authentic RACES, not museum pieces doing laps around the track at a leisurely pace. That’s why there is some freedom when it comes to keeping the cars running, as long as it’s within the technical regulations of the era and the car is equivalent to the ones that took part back then.