Always at the front of the grid!
For the second year, the Marc-Arthur Kohn auction house will hold a sale of competition and vintage cars on the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit.
Among the 16 models on offer, with estimates ranging from €30,000 to €450,000 for vehicles of all major sports brands, this Reynard 2KQ LMP 675 from 2000 will stand out. It has made headlines since winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans competition twice, in 2002 and 2003, in the category LMP 675 - now LMP2, "LMP" meaning Le Mans Prototype, category 2 being reserved for vehicles of 900 kg minimum and engines of 5,000 cm3 maximum. In 2000 it appeared on the starting line as part of Fred Stalder's ROC team. However, the car had to drop out of the race when its Volkswagen four-cylinder in-line turbo engine, prepared by Heinz Lehmann, broke down at the eighth hour. It was designed by the English driver Adrian Reynard, an engineer who graduated from Oxford Polytechnic. He also made cars for Reynard Motorsport in collaboration with the mechanic Bill Stone and later drove them. Reynard dominated F3000 racing in the 1990s. The Reynard 2KQ LMP 675 returned to the 24 Hours with the French "Noël del bello Racing" team in 2002. It was then driven by Deletraz, Pillon and Lechner Jr., who brought it to victory just ahead of a WR in the last lap. The same team competed the following year under the same number, 29, but with two new drivers. In addition to Pillon, Maury-Laribière and Didier André drove this car with the same success. The engine has since gone into a well-deserved retirement, but it could be restored to perfect working order since it is still eligible for the Masters Endurance Legends and Endurance Racing Legends series. And it can still give its new owner some thrills.