The Le Mans legends inner circle : The Porsche 917 in the Salzburg design and the hyper-modern 919 Hybrid came together in the King Kong Studios in Friolzheim. That is : the first and the last vehicle with which Porsche was able to take home the overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. RAMP met up with the heroes – and, of course, the ones behind the wheel, too. We present you Hans Herrmann and Timo Bernhard, plus their cars, united for lots and lots of history in one shoot.
Hans Herrmann, born 23 February, 1928, in Stuttgart, is a former German race car driver. The trained confectioner was one of the most versatile German drivers and competed in a wide variety of different races for a broad range of automobile brands. His career spans from the time he worked with pre-War legends such as Mercedes racing manager Alfred Neubauer to the very beginning of Porsche’s dominance in the 24 Hours Race of Le Mans. He competed in legendary endurance races like the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Panamericana, and is one of the last remaining living legends of this era.
Timo Bernhard (* 24 February 1981, in Homburg) is also a former German race car driver. In 2015 and 2017, he became the FIA World Endurance Driver’s Champion (WEC).
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an endurance race for sports cars which is organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest in the vicinity of the French city of Le Mans. The race has been held since 1923 on the Circuit des 24 Heures, just south of the city, and sections of the racetrack are normally used as country roads when racing events are not taking place. Originally, the track had a lap length of around 17.3 km and extended well into the city center of Le Mans, but was shortened to the approximately 13.5 km length of the circuit today. The goal of the race is to drive as many laps as possible within 24 hours and then finally cross the finish line.
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