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.

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Le Mans
21/05/2019

The ACO pays tribute to Niki Lauda

It is with great sadness that the president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Pierre Fillon, presents his most heartfelt con...

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Le Mans
17/05/2019

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest pays tribute to Jean-Paul Plée

The ACO is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Jean-Paul Plée, track marshal at the SHARK Helmets French Motorc...

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Le Mans
15/04/2019

Stéphane Darracq appointed General Manager of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is delighted to announce the appointment of Stéphane Darracq as General Manager of the club, a...

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Le Mans
14/03/2019

The ACO pays tribute to Charlie Whiting

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is shocked and saddened at the death of a figure of motorsport, Charlie Whiting. Throughout hi...

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Le Mans
08/03/2019

Women in the driving seat at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Today, 8 March, International Women’s Rights Day, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) takes the opportunity to emphasise its...

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Le Mans
12/10/2018

What’s on at the Le Mans race tracks in 2019?

Be prepared for a packed schedule! As we edge towards the end of the year, it’s time to open your 2019 diary. The circuits wi...

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