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Technik Museum Sinsheim: One Hundred Years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
» Sinsheim. 24 hours of goose bumps, 24 hours of nerve-wracking excitement, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race – next year, the endurance race on the Sarthe will celebrate its 100th anniversary. From 1st April 2023, to mark this special occasion, the Technik Museum Sinsheim will be dedicating 3,000 m² of exhibition space in the newly designed Hall 3 to the special exhibition "One Hundred Years of 24 Hours of Le Mans". A constantly changing display of around 30 racing cars, dating from the beginnings of the sport to the present day – including a Porsche 919 from 2015, a Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 from 1926, a Ford GT 40 from 1966 and a Triumph TRS from 1961 – will form the core of the exhibition, which will run until January 2024. "We are proud that painter and museum member Uli Ehret, who has been writing about and drawing Le Mans history for over 20 years, can be part of this project," says Museum President Hermann Layher about the collaboration.
"You don't win Le Mans – Le Mans lets you win. The legend of the 24 Hours race is presented in a unique exhibition all about the fascination and history of this long-distance classic," says co-designer Uli Ehret, summing up the upcoming special exhibition at the Technik Museum Sinsheim. Grouped by decade, the museum displays these important vehicles in racing groups on a specially installed "race track". In the middle of the exhibition, 40 pillars suspended from the ceiling tell exciting stories from the 100 years of the "Grand Prix d'Endurance" for both adults and children with photographs, paintings and texts. The exhibition is decorated with oversized banners showing watercolours by Le Mans enthusiast Uli Ehret and historical photographs of racing scenes that capture the atmosphere of the race through day and night. Screens give visitors the chance to experience the loud roar of the engines and the glow of gleaming orange brake discs during the Le Mans night.
German racing drivers, teams and sports car brands have celebrated the "Le Mans legend" and numerous victories on the French race track. Every year, hundreds of thousands of spectators and fans from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the technology metropolis of Le Mans to experience the race and its special atmosphere up close. An experience like at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The "One Hundred Years of Le Mans" exhibition reflects exactly this experience. "I personally am looking forward to the more recent cars, from the last twenty years. This segment of competitive vehicles is not so well represented in museums. The special exhibition will also be interesting and worth seeing for some younger Le Mans fans," says Museum President Hermann Layher, who has himself participated in the Le Mans Classic. All information about the upcoming special exhibition "Einhundert Jahre 24h von Le Mans" (One Hundred Years of Le Mans) can be found at technik-museum.de/halle3.
About the Technik Museen Sinsheim Speyer – from Deep Sea into Space
Supported by the non-profit club Auto + Technik Museum e. V. and based on the motto “for fans from fans”, the Technik Museen Sinsheim Speyer have about 3,500 members worldwide. The financing is exclusively based on admission fees, donations as well as membership fees of club members. All surpluses are used for the museum’s maintenance and expansion. On an area of more than 200,000 sqm, the Technik Museen Sinsheim Speyer present more than 6,000 exhibits from all fields of technological history in a worldwide unique variety. The exhibits range from submarines to vintage cars, from the Concorde to the Space Shuttle BURAN. Besides the permanent exhibition and the changing special exhibitions, there are numerous vehicle and club meetings as well as events. Open 365 days a year, the museums attract over one million visitors a year. Our two IMAX large-format cinemas are a true highlight. While the IMAX 3D cinema in Sinsheim – “the cinema with the highest resolution in the world” – shows exclusive documentations and the latest Hollywood blockbusters, films are projected onto a giant dome in the IMAX DOME cinema in Speyer. «
Source: Press release of the Technik Museum Sinsheim