The 1994 running of Le Mans confounded the nay-sayers by
supplying excitement by the bucketload.
The demise of the World Sportscar championship after the 1992
season saw a mass exodus of manufacturers to Formula One, leaving a grid shorn
of much of the exotic machinery.
The lack of Mercedes-Sauber, Peugeot and others might have
seemed grim at the time but on reflection the return of the GT class prompted
Le Mans to rediscover its roots – and created the environment for some
In the official review of the 1994 event we see Toyota and
Porsche unwilling (or perhaps unable) to completely give up on their magnificent
Group C beats.
Utilising obscure loopholes in the rules Porsche had two
962s reclassified as GT1 cars while Toyota entered theirs under the new LMP1
Thanks to ingenious entries from a host of smaller
manufacturers and great support for the GT racers the Le Mans crowd saw a great
ding-dong battle which not only reflected past glories but pointed the way for
the future of the historic event.
Sit back and enjoy the evocative sights and sounds of a race
packed with incident and excitement, superb driving and all the drama you would
expect of the world’s toughest and most spectacular race.