Maurice de Mauriac in Le Mans Fever
The official starting list for the 86th 24-hour race in Le Man was officially announced on 9 February. Sixty cars will throw themselves into the fray. Some want to win, others want to hold out as long as possible. Since Porsche has pulled out of the LMP1 and LMP2 categories, Alonso is gunning for the title with the number 8 Toyota. Given that the private LMP1 cars hardly have a chance against the Toyota team, Alonso’s only serious competition will come from the second Toyota. Porsche has decided to compete only in the GTE Pro and GTE Am categories and has loudly staked its claim to victory with the ‘pink pig.
Each year, we at Maurice de Mauriac eagerly await to see which brands will start in which classes, with which engines and with which technological innovations. Since racing is both an auditory an extremely visual sport, we can hardly wait to see the designs of the racing cars. These colours often set trends for the entire motorsport industry—and even far beyond. Trends that Maurice de Mauriac likes to take up with individual NATO straps for the Pit Stop watch collection.
A real petrol head doesn’t just have favourite colours, but often also a favourite number. The number of the winning car, the number of historically significant Le Mans racing cars, or even your personal favourite number. At Maurice de Mauriac these numbers are called Lucky Numbers, and they can be applied individually to the dial. A motorsport enthusiast’s watch doesn’t get more individual than this.
We can’t wait to see Porsche’s ‘pink pig – proudly wearing the number 91 – scream toward victory in the GTE category and watch as Alonso tries to bring the victory in the LMP1 category home to Japan. Above all, we look forward to a race synonymous with cutting edge of design and technology and which is always good for a few surprises—Le Mans.