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Opening "One hundred years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans"
This was no April Fool's joke ...

The year 2023 was all about France for us. Our museums have a very special connection to our neighbouring country. Not only do we exhibit numerous artefacts from the Grande Nation, but the museum in Speyer alone looks back on a "French past".

But on 1 April, we all looked to Sinsheim. That's when we opened our current special exhibition "One hundred years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans". The endurance race on the Sarthe celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. With our new special exhibition, we are honouring one of the most important motorsport events in the world.

Le Mans is also the reason why I turned my hobby of painting racing cars into a profession. It was a matter close to my heart to present this exhibition idea.

Le Mans enthusiast and designer Uli Ehret

A few days before the official opening, on Tuesday 28 March, a press conference was held within the exhibition. None other than two-time Le Mans winner Hans-Joachim Stuck took part, answered the editors' questions and opened the special exhibition. Together with curator and museum member Uli Ehret, he gave a guided tour of the elaborate exhibition and shared his insider knowledge. At the end, he signed the wall dedicated to him.

Due to the enormous interest and enthusiastic response from visitors, we decided to open the doors to the current special exhibition for an additional period. The exhibition will now be open to the public until August 2024.