About the l’Automobile Club de l'Ouest

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) founded in 1906 is the creator and organiser of major motor sporting events including the first grand prix in the history of motor racing in 1906 followed by the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923. The ACO’s aim is to develop long-distance racing and since 2012 it has been the organiser and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The club is also the creator of the continental series: the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, former American Le Mans Series (1999), the European Le Mans Series (2004), and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its own circuits at Le Mans, the ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos, the 24 Heures Karting, the 24 Heures Camions and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix.

But above all the ACO is a club made up of enthusiasts who defend the rights of car users on a daily basis, and it gives its members a privileged welcome to enable them to live their passion for motor sport at the events it organises.

The ACO also has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, a leisure and kart competition complex and simulators, an Enterprise department for the organisation of seminars, a team of guides providing tours of the installations of the Le Mans circuits, two official boutiques in Le Mans and Paris as well as eight regional agencies.

Le Mans

Le Mans
11/06/18

France, a bastion of motor racing

Two major motorsports events are taking place in France this June: the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the iconic endurance race, on 16-...

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Le Mans
08/01/2018

Pierre Leseur has passed away

Pierre Leseur, Honorary President of the ACO, passed away on Sunday 7th January aged 85. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest would...

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Le Mans
13/04/2017

TOTAL Official supplier and partner to the ACO from 2018

Today it is announced that, from 2018, TOTAL will be the new official fuel supplier for the FIA World Endurance Championship...

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Le Mans
10/03/2017

Christian Moity, journalist and 24 Hours of Le Mans historian, has passed away

Author and journalist Christian Moity died Friday, March 10th at 87 years young. To his family and loved ones, the Automobile...

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Le Mans
10/03/2017

BMW to supply official pace cars for Le Mans

BMW and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have signed an agreement making the German car manufacturer the official vehicle suppl...

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Le Mans
14/12/2016

Le Mans Bike Festival 7-8-9 July 2017

Get ready for a glamorous, nostalgic and festive trip to the world of the collector motorbike! In 2017, the Automobile Cl...

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