Earlier this year, I received an invitation, out of the blue, to participate in a track day on the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans, with the Maranello. For those who don't know the Bugatti circuit, it uses the straight in front of the pits and grandstand and the section under the Dunlop bridge from the 24 Hours circuit, and then a loop back, behind the pit area, for a total length of 4.1 kilometres.
The event was set for the end of May, but unfortunately, on the day, it was pouring with rain when we arrived, and it continued to rain all morning. Actually it rained most of May. There was a mixed bag of cars present, belonging to various people invited, and the company who organised the event was showing off the new Jaguar F type. Special mention for a Ford GT 40 and a race prepared AC Cobra. Both sounded wonderful as the exhaust noise echoed off the empty stands.
After the briefing those, who wanted, went out in the wet. My first time on a track in many decades, and so also the first time on a track with the Maranello. Difficult to think of a more appropriate baptism, than Le Mans in the wet. Great fun nevertheless. Unfortunately the Gopro malfunctioned so we have no video of the appalling conditions. !fact the event was just a memory until a link to the official souvenir photos arrived last week.
The official photographer was out in the rain and took some excellent shots. My hat is off to this gentleman. Some of the Maranello are attached below. My apologies in advance if I am breaking forum etiquette by not removing the text from the photos but I don't know how to do it!