The Le Mans Collection
LE MANS COLLECTION (1923 - Present)

I have always been enthralled with Le Mans for as long as I can remember.The reasons why are hard to adequately put into words, but I shall try.

Le Mans has never been the most exciting race on the calendar, although it has had its moments. Le Mans is not the most glamerous race, set in the French countryside rather than in some jet set paradise such as Monoco. More often than not, it is not run in the best weather, but that to me is part of its allure. To me, the attraction of Le Mans is the ultimate struggle that takes place over a day. Man pressing the limits of his endurance, and the endurance of his machine. Le Mans is a race around the clock. In its 24 hours, drivers must face the ultimate of their ability to persevere in light and darkness, in faster and slower traffic while trying to maintain their pace, weather than can be both hot and then torrential rain.

Le Mans has not been the favorite of many top drivers. Some of the worlds best drivers have excelled here as they mastered the balance between speed and preserving their machine. Yes, the machine. Some of the greatest cars ever designed and built have raced at Le Mans to achieve the ultimate triumph and tribute to their ability to go fast and to endure. At Le Mans there has been great victory and just as often, bitter defeat.

Le Mans to me is a great epic human drama. It is where dreams are shattered, but when all goes right, it is where great dreams come true. Here is my collection of 1/43 scale model cars that have raced at Le Mans, some in victory, some in obscurity, in my book every one of them are winners.

To visit other parts of the Le Mans Collection, click on the era desired: 1923 - 1939, 1949 - 1959, 1960-1965, 1966-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990 - 1999, 2000 - current, and,

the Le Mans Winners 1949-Present



To continue to another section of the collection, select one of the following:

JAGUAR RACING CARS:
1950's
1960 - 70's
1980's
1990's - PRESENT
JAGUAR AT LE MANS

JAGUAR PRODUCTION CARS:
PRE-WAR to 1968
1969 to 1987
1988 - PRESENT
PRODUCTION MODELS IN ORDER
CONCEPT CARS

FERRARI RACING CARS:
1949 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - PRESENT
FERRARI FORMULA ONE
FERRARI PRODUCTION CARS

PORSCHE RACING CARS:
1950's & 60's
1970's
1980 - ON

GRAND PRIX, INDY & FORMULA 1:
1900 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - PRESENT

GREAT MARQUES:
ABARTH
ASTON MARTIN
ALFA ROMEO
AUSTIN HEALEY
BMW
CHAPARRAL
FORD GT40, MkIV & MIRAGE
LOLA
LOTUS
McLAREN
MASERATI
MERCEDES W196 & 300SLR

GREAT RACING & AUTOMOTIVE LEGENDS:
USRRC 1963 to 1968
CAN-AM SERIES 1966 - 1974
IMSA SERIES 1971 - 1998
TRANS-AM SERIES 1966 - 2013
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1945 to 1959
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1960 to 1969
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1970 to PRESENT
LAND SPEED RECORD CARS
PRODUCTION SPORTS. GT & TOURING CARS 1948 - Present
CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST CARS & TRUCKS
RACING SUPPORT VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTERS

DIORAMAS FOR SALE

THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDURANCE RACES:
THE 24 HOURS of LE MANS
THE 12 Hours of SEBRING
THE 24 HOURS of DAYTONA

DRIVER TRIBUTES:
THE OLD IRISH RACING HALL OF FAME
JUAN MANUEL FANGIO TRIBUTE
STIRLING MOSS TRIBUTE
DAN GURNEY TRIBUTE
JIM CLARK TRIBUTE
WORLD DRIVER & CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONS 1950 - 1985

GREAT RACING TEAMS:
ECURIE ECOSSE
GULF OIL RACING
MARTINI RACING TEAM
GROUP 44, Inc.
CUNNINGHAM RACING TEAM
BRUMOS RACING TEAM

AIRCRAFT:
HISTORIC AIRCRAFT

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PLEASE NOTE: From 1968 into the 1990's tobacco companies sponsored many significant race cars. In the interest of historical accuracy, Old Irish Racing chooses to display models in our collection as historically accurate as possible. While seeing a tobacco advert on a car gives me no more desire to go smoke than seeing a car makes me want to go suck on its exhaust pipe. If tobacco (or alcohol) adverts on race cars offend you, please go look at nice pictures of bunnies and kittens on another site.