THE PORSCHE LE MANS STORY BEGAN FROM A SMALL GARAGE IN A SMALL FRENCH TOWN

The Porsche Le Mans story began in 1950 when Charles Faroux called for Porsche to participate in France's most prestigious racing events.

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The Porsche Le Mans story began in 1950 in Paris when Charles Faroux, the director of the 24 Hours Le mans race called for Porsche to participate in France’s most prestigious racing events. To the world’s surprise a very young Porsche (the company was established in 1931 but started making cars only by 1948) decided to enter the most glorious race in the world a year later.

The PORSCHE Le Mans effort got support from Auguste Veuillet, the future exclusive importer for Porsche in France. He wanted to race in vehicles made by the Zuffenhausen-based carmaker at Le Mans himself. Auguste along with motorsports director Paul von Guilleaume had committed to handle any local organisational matters for Porsche in France. This decision was a brave one on Porsche’s part for many reasons. While Porsche was setup in 1931 as a automotive design and consultation house, the company did not launch their own car till 1948 in the form of the Porsche 356. This made things specially challenging for the young carmaker. Addition to that, it was a political statement as there was still a great deal of resentment among the French for Germans after the war.

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