The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race is scheduled to take place this weekend in France, and undoubtedly the event will inspire countless viewing parties across the US – especially as Discovery has decided to broadcast the entire race live on its Velocity channel. (Previously, Fox Sports moved Le Mans around from channel to channel as the 24-hour road race progressed.)
But if you happen to live around the Detroit area, one viewing party sounds particularly cool: Cars in Corktown, presented by Autoweek. The event is actually a car meet, hosted with Buhl Sport Detroit and Brother’s Tuning at their Corktown facility, but with this weekend marking the 86th running of the storied race, the hosts decided to play Le Mans live for visitors.
Just as cool, they’ve made arrangements to display one genuine race car from each of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, including the Dodge Viper that won in the GT2 class at the 1998 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours – rebranded as the Chrysler Viper GTS-R for European road racing. The race car was developed by Chrysler with France’s Oreca and the UK’s Reynard Motorsport. Two of the special-built Dodge Viper race cars, entered by Viper Team Oreca, nabbed first and second in the GT2 class at Le Mans in 1998 – their second year competing in that class. The car went on to win in the GT2 class each of the next two years, as well.
Cars in Corktown will start at 7:30 am on Saturday, running until 4:00 pm, at which point Autoweek will continue the party at Thomas Magee’s Sporting Bar Whiskey House in Eastern Market. For more information on the event, check out the official Facebook page.