Arque Desert Festival

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Arque Desert Festival Circuit, startline in 2005

The Arque Desert Festival is one of the world's oldest active endurance racing, held every two year since 1927 traditionally the second week of august in the Désert d'arque in Lorredion. It is one of the most prestigious and difficult automobile races in the world.

The race is organized on the Arque Desert Festival Circuit and is held for 24 hours.

Purpose

As early as 1925, the president of cars Ilocars Christof Aron-Shin had the idea of creating on the Arque Circuits a race of 24 hours. According to him, this race will prove to the whole world that these cars are the most reliable and resistant to the world by coming to the end of the race subjected to the extreme conditions of the desert d'Arque.

The Arque Desert Festival was born two years later, and brought together 8 teams of 6 different manufacturers and one Ilocars car won the race. From the following editions, more and more manufacturers are comparing their best cars piloted by the best pilots in the world, under very difficult conditions for machines and men. This difficulty, and this competition between drivers and manufacturers will quickly make this race legendary. The Arque Desert Festival being disputed only every 2 years makes the event even more important when it takes place. This race is still today the race that all drivers and manufacturers dream of winning

Qualifying Races

Since 1957, due to increasing demands, all crews wishing to participate in the race must qualify by taking part in the 3 qualifying races. The 45 best cars will be selected to participate in the event, the other 5 places will be awarded to the top 5 of the previous edition. Since 1973 the number of qualified cars has risen to 60.

Races

The race

The circuit

Results

Year Edition Winning drivers Winning Car Cars at the start Cars at the finish
1927 1st Lorredion Ben Burns / Lorredion Gé Ligetti / Lorredion Klanse Eshburton Lorredion Ilocars - Arque Type Proto 8 4
1928 No race due to financial problems (The organization makes the decision to organize the race every two years, odd years)
1929 2nd TBD Lorredion Ilocars - Arque Type Proto 19 6
1931 3rd TBD TBD 22 9
1933 4th TBD TBD 25 12
1935 5th TBD TBD 38 16
1937 6th TBD TBD 39 12
1939 7rd TBD TBD 48 23
1941 8th TBD TBD 53 28
1943 9th TBD TBD 61 21
1945 10th TBD TBD 63 24
1947 11th Race stopped because of a fatal accident in the stands causing the death of 47 people 68 race stopped
1949 12th TBD TBD 40 26
1951 13th TBD TBD 40 24
1953 14th TBD TBD 40 18
1955 15th TBD TBD 40 12
1957 16th TBD TBD 50 28
1959 17th TBD TBD 50 22
1961 18th TBD TBD 50 23
1963 19th TBD TBD 50 29
1965 20th TBD TBD 50 17
1967 21th TBD TBD 50 21
1969 22th TBD TBD 50 17
1971 23th TBD TBD 50 16
1973 24th TBD TBD 60 23
1975 25th TBD TBD 60 31
1977 26th TBD TBD 60 25
1979 27th TBD TBD 60 22
1981 28th TBD TBD 60 28
1983 29th TBD TBD 60 11
1985 30th TBD TBD 60 27
1987 31th TBD TBD 60 23
1989 32th TBD TBD 60 17
1991 33th TBD TBD 60 23
1993 34th TBD TBD 60 19
1995 35th TBD TBD 60 28
1997 36th TBD TBD 60 25
1999 37th TBD TBD 60 22
2001 38th TBD TBD 60 23
2003 39th TBD TBD 60 32
2005 40th TBD TBD 60 28
2007 41th TBD TBD 60 24
2009 42th TBD TBD 60 19
2011 43th TBD TBD 60 20
2013 44th TBD TBD 60 26
2015 45th TBD TBD 60 24
2017 46th

Music Festival

2017 music festival poster