This year’s Le mans Classic has been postponed to July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally scheduled for July 2-5, the biennial event will now take place on July 1-4, 2021.
It comes after evaluation of “different scenarios and possible dates” according to a release, which stated that it would be in the best interests to delay the event by an entire year in order to “bring together all lovers of the vintage car in optimal conditions.”
Government regulations could have prevented the event from occurring with spectators, which is understood to have been one of the determining factors.
“Le Mans Classic is an international event that brings together close to 200,000 spectators in one place,” said promoter Patrick Peter. “As you can imagine, keeping this event at the original dates in the current context was therefore not an option.
“We have, in line with our partners and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, decided to postpone Le Mans Classic to 2021 where everyone can take full advantage of this magnificent retrospective of the best hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
ACO President Pierre Fillon added: “Le Mans Classic is a monument in the vintage auto world. Safety and quality are therefore key to the organization of such a prominent event.
“We are momentarily unable to guarantee these essential requirements and postponement is our only option.
“We can now focus on 2021 and look forward to welcoming you all then. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”
All tickets purchased for this year’s event will be honored in 2021 at the existing prices, with those unable to attend next year set to be refunded during the period of Oct. 1 – Nov. 20, 2020.
The Le Mans Classic is the third major event at Le Mans that has been postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 virus crisis, with the 24H Motos race now scheduled for late August, three weeks before the rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sept. 19-20.
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