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REVIEW: ORECA 40 Years by Hugues de Chaunac

A review of ORECA’s new book documenting its four decades in motorsports…

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One of the most successful and longest-running motorsport operations reached a significant milestone last year, as ORECA celebrated its 40th anniversary.

To commemorate the occasion, the French organization has published a book that reflects back on all of the company’s key achievements throughout the last four decades.

Written by team founder Hugues de Chaunac, the 208-page French language book (with highlights in English) covers ORECA’s success from around the world, including its overall victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, multiple Le Mans class wins as well as an outright win in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Featuring more than 100 photos and a forward by endurance racing legend Jacky Ickx, who drove for de Chaunac in the Dakar Rally, this book is a must-have for anyone that has followed ORECA’s legacy over the years.

“It was not easy to identify the key moments over these 40 years,” said de Chaunac. “Every day was a new adventure. The twists and turns, ups and downs have been at breakneck speed. Which should be chosen to illustrate the ORECA saga?

“After careful consideration, we decided to celebrate these 40 years with many stories, victories, anecdotes, decisions, failures, questions and turns, all of which paved the path for ORECA since 1973.”

The book is available from, via the link below.

ORECA: 40 Years
ISBN: 978-2-9546025-0-9
Hugues de Chaunac
29 EUR ($40 USD)

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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