Le Mans 1980-89: The Official History Of The World’s Greatest Motor Race


Quentin Spurring


Le Mans hosted the fastest racing cars on the planet, top speeds on the world-famous Mulsanne straight exceeding 250mph for the first time in 1988. This decade’s new Group C regulations challenged motorsport engineers to achieve race-winning engine performance while saving fuel, fostering the original rationale of this historic event as a proving ground for emerging automotive technologies. It accelerated the development of control electronics and aerodynamics, and soon increasingly sophisticated racing coup├ęs were setting new performance standards. The 1980 event was uniquely won by Jean Rondeau, a Le Mans resident, with a car of his own manufacture. After seven impressive Porsche successes, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, both returning to motorsport after long absences, won in 1988 and 1989. By the end of the decade, Le Mans was contested by Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche and Toyota.

– Highly detailed year-by-year coverage of the decade’s ten races, giving over 30 pages of information and photographs for each year.

– Official status provides a number of unique features, including the reproduction of the full-color race poster artwork for each year and photographs from the ACO’s archives.

– The images include rare colour, and the emphasis is on photographs that enthusiasts will not have seen before.

– The story of each race is told through photographs and an accompanying commentary.

– Complete data for each year includes technical regulations, entry list, circuit changes (with diagram), lap chart, full results and category awards.

– The whole work is beautifully designed and presented.

– Already established as a world-class event, the ACO’s annual race scaled new heights during the 1980s, a time of spectacular transformation in top-flight sports car racing.