Autosport Show Thursday 10th January 2019 to Sunday 13th January 2019 - NEC, Birmingham, UK
Bonhams: The Scottsdale Auction Thursday 17th January 2019 - The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
RM Sotheby's Auction Arizona Thursday 17th January 2019 to Friday 18th January 2019 - Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona
Gooding: The Scottsdale Auction Friday 18th January 2019 to Saturday 19th January 2019 - Scottsdale, Arizona
Cavallino Classic Wednesday 23rd January 2019 to Sunday 27th January 2019 - Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach
Motor Racing Legends Annual Awards Dinner Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - Royal Automobile Club, London
Rallye Monte Carlo Thursday 24th January 2019 to Sunday 27th January 2019 - Rallye Monte Carlo Monte Carlo, Monaco
Phillip Island Classic Friday 25th January 2019 to Sunday 27th January 2019 - Australia
Once more a sweltering weekend, the 2018 Le Mans Classic brought back the searing temperatures of 2016. Growing once more from the last event, 700 competition cars and 1000+ drivers took to the infamous circuit over the weekend. The bi-annual Classic sees the local roads closed to form the full, 8.5 mile circuit. Even with the chicanes added in to the Mulsanne straight, the faster grid cars were seeing top speeds of 180mph +.
Unlike the 24 hour event in June, the Classic sees 6 different grids compete in 3 races plus qualifying, with races lasting on average 45 minutes. These were joined by sightseeing laps and a high speed demonstration with a full grid of Global Endurance Legends cars, seeing the likes of the Mclaren F1, Toyota GT-One, and of course the DK Engineering supported 575GTC and Prodrive 550 GTS taking to the track over the weekend. With over 135,000 attendees, the paddock, grandstands and corners were brimming from Friday to Sunday evening. Over 200 car clubs brought an additional 8500 cars to the infield, with a large presence from both Porsche celebrating their 70th and of Alpine's 40th anniversary of outright victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Both James and Harvey saw competition over the weekend. James piloting 1MUF, GT40 P/1029 alongside Joe Twyman, who saw fierce competition in the form of David Hart, Diogo Ferrao and Shaun Lynn also in GT40s. Said competition with a P1, P1 & P3, plus an unfortunate time penalty still resulted in a podium finish and fantastic 3rd place overall. Unfortunately mechanical issues with the Tojeiro- Jaguar put it out of the running early on whilst at the hands of a great friend of DK Engineering, Max Girardo. Harvey also competed in the Grid 3 races alongside a customer in the Lotus XV purchased via DK Engineering last year.
The images in the gallery below were shot by official event photographers; Matthieu Bonnevie, Pierre-Yves Riom, Pascal Saivet, Laurent Cartalade, Kristof Vermeulen, Christophe Jouniaux & Luke Gilbertson.