Weekly auto agenda: Le Mans
Friday 11 June 2010
Le Mans takes place this weekend, an endurance race that sees some of the most famous names in motoring go head to head for 24 hours. Next week, the knockout stage of the Automotive X competition begins, with competitors heading to the Michigan International Speedway for a series of gruellng challenges to find the most eco-efficient vehicles in the world.
Le Mans, France
The 78th Le Mans 24-hour endurance race will see competitors from Peugeot, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ford and Jaguar join the prestigious rally, the world's oldest.
Automotive X Knockout Stage Begins
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, USA
The Automotive X competition gets truly underway with the end of the shakedown stage and the beginning of competition events on the Michigan International Speedway. Twenty-two teams remain and with a further half of the competitors expected to be excluded at this stage, which teams can survive the efficiency targets and hill climb?
Seoul Auto Salon
Seoul, South Korea
Expect high-profile unveilings from Korean automakers such as Hyundai and Kia at the Seoul Auto Salon, along with events such as a mechanics' competition and car tuning contests.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood, United Kingdom
Billed by organizers as the "world's largest car event," the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings together cars of all types from all countries. From current Formula 1 racers and 200 mph supercars to steam-powered carriages of the 19th century, the event is part show, part race and a must-see event for car buffs.
Coke Zero 400
Daytona, Florida, USA
This Nascar event has been one of the motoring highlights of the Independence Day weekend since 1959. The 640-km race takes place at Daytona International Speedway and is broadcast nationally.
The Hohnstein Historic recalls the time and tradition of the prewar motorsports, a gentle tour through 780 km of countryside, taking in Saxony's vineyards and castles. The race, which dates from 1923, takes place over three days and includes parties and receptions on both nights.
The biennial Saab festival is the world's largest gathering of Saab fans and takes place in Trollhatten, the home of Saab. This year, after seeing their passion rise from the dead, Saab fans will be focusing on the future - the Saab 9-5 sedan - as well as taking part in the traditional factory tours, parades and competitions.
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