“The nearest thing to JAE I can think of” is how JAE Director John Fuggles described the Le Mans 24 hour race. Okay he wasn’t talking about the JAE world famous IKO or the all day and night race of Le Mans, rather he was talking about the atmosphere and the way it has become the ultimate social weekend. Now, with two Japanese manufacturers competing in the LMP1 class it makes even more sense for JAE to go to Le Mans!
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 in France, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. The race is organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, a circuit containing a mix of closed public roads and specialist racing circuit meant to test two aspects of a car and driver. The circuit, in its present configuration, is 8.47 miles long, making it one of the longest circuits in the world. In 1991 Mazda won, Johnny Herbert was one of the drivers and there have been two Japanese drivers in winning teams; that is for LMP1. Since then Toyota have been trying to win the LMP1 category for a number of years and of late Nissan have cleaned up in LMP2 – last year their engines in all top five places. For 2015 Nissan and Toyota are out to win and knock Audi off their perch.
The trip to Le Mans will include a dedicated camping area, route to/from with stop-offs and of course the race itself. Of course in typical JAE fashion there might be a BBQ or odd beer too! We will also be on hand to show you around the old town, the Drivers Parade for those that want it, and much much more. We can even arrange grandstand seating for you.
See you at JAE Le Mans in June 2015!
"The one they all want to win" was how the Best Car Club trophy was described to us this year by one of the national magazines covering this year's JAE.
It's always a tough decision to make as so many clubs put so much into it. We never use the same judges twice and we never tell the clubs who is judging. The clubs really have to be on their toes all weekend and it comes down to a lot of things. Not only do we look at the display of cars but also how the club reacts to people 'popping over for a chat' how tidy it is (no litter please!) and how much effort generally goes into a great display and a good atmosphere. But it's not all big clubs, we recognise that smaller clubs can do a lot with what they have an in the past clubs with no more than a handful of cars have won it.
For 2014 there were four clubs that stood out but special mention has to be made of the FTO Owners Club. They came very close to winning, had a great display - including one 'interloper' and were good fun to chat to. But it was always going to be a difficult decision and one that came down to a lot of discussion between the judges. In the end the winners of the 2014 Best car Club at JAE was the International MR2 Owners Club/GT86 BRZ Drivers Club
There are a number of awards that stand out at JAE, The IKO team Trophy, Best Overseas Club and Car as well as all the other competition awards. For those that run and organise the club stands The IKO Team Trophy recognises the hard work done by team managers in getting everyone organised and to the games. 'Back at base' the two awards that epitomise everything the clubs' management does for members are the Best Activities on a Club Stand and the Best Car Club.
For 2014 the Best Activities once again was shared. It happened before and we never thought it would happen again and this time also with very good reason. JAE has, in the past had proposals, and is responsible for many people meeting their loved ones – usually somewhere between the barbecue and a car or waiting in line for the showers! Never before have we had a JAE Wedding and for 2014 we didn’t just have one wedding but we had two! How do you top that? What on earth can be better on a JAE car Club stand than two wedding receptions and, for one lucky couple, they even got married at Wicksteed Park – but then they did meet at JAE and he did propose at JAE.
It is with huge congratulations that this year’s Best Activities on a Club Stand goes to Pure JDM and to Club 323F. In particular we want to congratulate Oz & Tracy, and Marc & Karissa